Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Dentistry

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Jordan University of Science and Technology

Faculty of Dentistry

Department of Oral Medicine and Surgery

Course name and code: Oral Histology Dent 205

Course coordinator: Dr. Ashraf Shaweesh
Course description
This is one of the courses provided by the Department of Oral Medicine and Surgery for undergraduate 2nd year students in the Bachelor Degree in the Science of Dentistry during the summer semester. The course has two components, lectures and corresponding practical training in laboratories. The lecture topics cover the entire field of Oral and Maxillofacial Histology. They include the different stages of odontogenesis, details of tooth structure and its supporting tissues as well as the oral tissues and adjoining structures. The first two lectures review the relevant orofacial embryology, which is significant for understanding the development of teeth and oral tissues. During each practical session, students examine the tissues covered in the corresponding lecture either under the microscope or by presenting the slides on data projector. By the end of each practical session, the student has to submit a report on the duties that he/she has been asked to execute.
Course objectives
By the end of this course, students should:

  • have learnt how the jaws, the face and oral structures develop and interact during embryogenesis.

  • have acquired the detailed knowledge of the different stages of tooth development.

  • have recognized the role of deciduous teeth and their structures in the development of permanent teeth.

  • have recognized the importance of reciprocal tissue interaction in tooth development.

  • have studied the detailed tissue structure of dental, oral and relevance extraoral tissues.

  • have identified the significance of studying oral and maxillofacial histology for clinical dental practice.

  • have recognized how having known normal tissue structures facilitates identifying abnormal pathological conditions on microscopic examination.

Lectures and practical laboratory sessions





Orofacial embryology 1


Orofacial embryology 2

Orofacial embryology

Early tooth development

Early tooth development

Amelogenesis & enamel

Amelogensis & enamel

Dentinogenesis & dentine

Dentinogenesis & dentine

Dental pulp

Dental pulp

Cementogenesis & Cementum

Cementum, root formation & eruption

Root formation & eruption

Root formation & eruption

Periodontal ligament & alveolar bone

Periodontal ligament & alveolar bone

Oral mucosa

Oral mucosa

Salivary glands

Salivary glands

Alveolar bone & hard tissues

Alveolar bone & hard tissues


TMJ & Joints of craniofacial complex

Joints of craniofacial complex



  • Midterm examination: 40%

  • Final theoretical examination: 40%

  • Final practical/slide examination: 20%

Recommended references

  1. Oral Anatomy, Histology and Embryology: Berkovitz, Holland and Moxham, 3rd edition

  2. Essentials of Oral Histology and Embryology: James Avery, 2nd edition

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