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Unit information: Surgical Skills 2 in 2019/20

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Unit name Surgical Skills 2
Unit code ORDSM0035
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director
Open unit status Not open

Have completed the BUOLD Surgical Skills 1 Unit



School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This Unit of Teaching will be offered as an Optional Unit as part of a modular distance learning programme. The programme will allow students to build Certificate and Diploma or Masters level qualifications by combining optional 20 credit units.

The Surgical Skills Unit is a single element unit with the following general aims: -

To provide the students with the underpinning knowledge and clinical skills to carry out minor oral surgical procedures including removal of roots and removal of impacted wisdom teeth

Intended learning outcomes

Students will obtain a knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • the sequence of events in the removal of retained roots
  • the indications and relative indications for wisdom tooth surgery
  • a safe method for removing a wisdom tooth
  • the controversies relating to prevention of injuries to adjacent nerves
  • the management of the complications of wisdom tooth surgery including:-
    • post surgical haemorrhage
    • dry socket
    • oroantral fistula with or without a tooth fragment within the antrum
    • fracture of the maxillary tuberosity and mandible

The student will acquire the skills and attributes necessary for:

  • the removal of retained roots
  • the removal of wisdom teeth
  • the management of the complications of dentoalveolar surgery

Teaching details

Self directed CAL sessions

Seminars with videos

Clinical skills sessions

Reflecting writing

Assessment Details

This Unit will have two summative assessments:

1. Written coursework assessment of 2,000 words (50%)

2. Final written (multiple short answer) examination of 2 hour’s duration (50%)

Formative assessment will include:

  • Service development project.
  • Development of practice protocols.
  • Feedback on practical exercises.

Feedback will be provided at the study days as small group tutorials and individual performance.

Reading and References

  • Renton T Hill CM, A clinical Guide to Oral Surgery Book 1, BDJ Books
  • Renton T Hill CM, A clinical Guide to Oral Surgery Book 2 BDJ Books
  • Cardiff University, Citing and referencing in the Harvard Style, [online]
  • Cardiff University, Critical Appraisal of healthcare literature, [online]
  • Department of Health Aug 2001, 12 key points on consent: the law in England
  • Cruz LD & Kaney H 2015, Consent- a new era begins BDJ 219 57-59
  • Palmer NAO, 2001, Can audit improve antibiotic prescribing in general dental practice, BDJ, 191; 253-255