D.D.S. Oral Biology and Pathology




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    The department offers approximately 400 hours of didactic instruction relevant to the understanding of biological and molecular processes involved in oral disease. During the first three years of the predoctoral program, the subject matter deals with:

    • the biology of embryological development of the face and oral cavity,
    • oral mineralized tissues,
    • dental supporting tissues,
    • oral microbiota,
    • salivary glands and their products,
    • oral and other mucous membranes,
    • the various sensory and oral motor systems of the mouth.
    The sequencing of the units is designed to obtain maximum integration between concurrently offered basic science and clinical courses. students reading a recent journal

     The department is located in the School of Dental Medicine and is responsible for instruction to dental students in that body of basic biological and molecular processes involved in oral disease. In this regard, the department acts as a bridge between the traditional basic sciences and the clinical sciences related to oral health. The department has made a major commitment to the development of new diagnostic technology and approaches for use in the preservation of the oral tissue and management of oral disease.

    It is one of the leading departments in the University in technology development and transfer to clinical practice.

    Long Island Jewish Medical Center provides a resource for teaching the oral pathology and oral medicine segments of the departments programs in the latter two years of the curriculum. Where possible, the didactic subject matter is coupled with actual patient examination and clinico-pathological conferences. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationships of:

    • pathology,
    • clinical behavior,
    • prognosis,
    • therapeutic modality
    • and the biologic nature of the disease entity.
    The department has developed a unique course in oral diagnostics in the third and fourth years of the dental program which offers basic and practical experience in clinical laboratory methods and familiarizes students with those investigative clinical procedures used in the diagnosis and monitoring of the effectiveness of treatment of a patient.


    The department of oral biology and pathology also offers graduate studies leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees, which are granted through the State University of New York at Stony Brook Graduate School. The main function of this program is to train oral biology educators and researchers to staff dental and medical schools, dental research institutes, dental and medical industrial laboratories, and to provide relevant basic science training for dentists and physicians taking postdoctoral specialty training. The course work consists of an indepth exposure to knowledge, directly and indirectly related to oral biology and its related sciences, and is coupled with appropriate individual research, tutorial and thesis programs.

    Dental EquiptmwntThe Living Skin Bank is a mammalian cell culture facility located in the department which specializes in understanding the growth and metabolism of keratinocytes and other epithelial cell entities. It provides life saving therapies in the form of cultured epithelial autografts as permanent wound coverage and cultured epithelial allografts as biologic dressings. The skin facility contributes significantly to the clinical, research, and educational activities of the department and to other units of the University.

    HDO 501 Oral Biology I
    Deals with the molecular structure, biochemistry, and physiology and developmental anatomy of the systems constituting the oral apparatus. Covers the embryological development of the face and oral cavity, the biology of the oral mucous membranes, and the biology of the dental mineralized tissues.
    31 course hours, Dr. Kleinberg and faculty

    HDO 601 Oral Biology II
    A continuation of HDO 501 covering the biology of the dental supporting tissues, the biology of the salivary glands and their products, the microbiology of the oral cavity, and oral motor and sensory systems.
    Prerequisites: HD 501, HBM 531 or permission of the department
    85 course hours, Dr. Kleinberg and faculty

    HDO 701 Oral Pathology
    Covers the clinical and histopathologic manifestations of acquired, inherited and neoplastic diseases of the human oral cavity. Includes benign and malignant tumors of bone, odontogenic and non-odontogenic cysts and tumors, mucosal and salivary gland diseases, and oral manifestations of systemic diseases.
    Prerequisites: HDO 601
    74 course hours

    HDO 702 Oral Pathology Conference I
    Clinicopathologic case presentations and development of differential diagnosis skills. Prerequisite: HD 514 Corequisite: HDO 701
    18 course hours

    HDO 703 Oral Diagnostics
    Covers the biochemical, physiological, microbiological and electronic principles involved in a variety of techniques used as aids in the diagnosis of oral diseases.
    Prerequisite: HDO 601
    41 course hours, Dr. Kleinberg and faculty

    HDO 704 Oral Facial Genetics
    Focuses on the utilization, preparation and analysis of basic human genetics in clinical situations. Covers genetic disorders of the craniofacial complex and dentistry for the multiple handicapped patient.
    Prerequisite: HD 507 or permission of instructor
    25 course hours, Dr. Taichman

    HDO 705 Oral Medicine
    Introduces the principles of patient care related to stomatologic and dermatologic disease, neurologic abnormalities, hematologic disturbances, and the medically compromised patient.
    Prerequisites: HD 514, HDO 601
    16 course hours, Faculty

    HDO 706 Clinical Pharmacology
    Covers pharmacology in dental practice emphasizing clinical usage of antibiotics, sedatives, tranquilizers and analgesics. Drug interactions and side effects are discussed.
    Prerequisite: HD 617
    17 course hours, Dr. Golub and faculty

    HDO 711 Oral Biology III
    A continuation of HDO 601.
    Prerequisite: HD 601
    26 course hours, Dr. Kleinberg and faculty

    HDO 802 Pathology Conference II
    A continuation of HDO 702.
    Prerequisites: HD 702
    18 course hours

    HDO 807 Year IV Clinic: Oral Diagnostics
    The clinical continuation of HDO 703 in which the principals of oral diagnostics are applied to patient care.
    Prerequisites: HD 703
    36 course hours, Dr. Kaufman and faculty

    HDI 601 Evidence Based Dentistry and Critical Thinking

    Develop in dental students the basic skills needed to recognize quality of evidence in journals and to carry out evidence based analysis of literature, formulate hypothesis, and analyze data.

    18 course hours, Dr. Ryan and Dr. Walker


    HDI 704 Foundations in Dental Professional Development III

    This course utilizes interactive lectures and small group activities to illustrate various ethical and professional dilemmas faced by dental practitioners.

    10 course hours, Dr. Steve London and faculty


    HDI 804 Foundations in Dental Professional Development IV

    The course utilizes small group activities to illustrate various ethical and professional dilemmas faced by dental practitioners.

    13 hours, Dr. Steve London


    Selective Courses
    (See HDI 805)
    Research in Oral Biology and Pathology
    Participation in a research project under faculty supervision; research paper required.
    School of Dental Medicine
    Dr. Kleinberg and faculty