Diagnostics, treatment planning

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


Upon completion of the course, students will have overall and interdisciplinary knowledge of diagnostics and treatment planning for common dental problems.


The course is an interdisciplinary, theoretical and clinical course joining subjects of Oral maxillofacial radiology, Oral surgery and oral medicine, Cariology, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Periodontology and Community dentistry. The course is both theoretical and clinical.

Learning Outcomes


The student:

  • explains the strengths and weaknesses of various diagnostic procedures applied to investigate common dental problems.
  • knows clinical and radiographic features seen in common dental problems.
  • has general knowledge of management options for common dental problems.
  • knows indications and management alternatives when previous unsuccessful treatment is identified.
  • has the knowledge of commonly used medications related to dental treatment regarding their risk, contraindications and side effects.


The student:

  • communicates effectively with patients and provide appropriate information so that the patient is motivated to have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy lifestyle with a focus on oral health prevention.
  • carries out a multidisciplinary assessment of possible diagnoses and corresponding treatment plans based on anamnesis, relevant diagnostic examinations and the patient's needs.
  • conducts preventive and necessary acute dental treatment due to infectious conditions and functional/aesthetic needs.
  • performs a risk and prognosis assessment of the patient's current status and treatments.

General competence:

The student shows her/his:

  • responsibility for respecting laws, regulations and clinical routines.
  • ability in diagnostics and treatment planning for common oral diseases.
  • ability to communicate with patients and colleagues professionally.
  • awareness of limitations in dental care and can search for medical help through referrals.

ECTS Credits

5 ECTS credits

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Before starting the clinical part of OD4DIAGNOS, relevant subject specific courses must be passed (OD3RØNT, OD3KAR, OD3PERIO, OD3ENDO OG OD3PROT).
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Master of Dentistry
Teaching and learning methods
  • Lectures (physical and digital)
  • Clinical training including clinical courses, seminars and case presentations
  • Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • Clinical training, including clinical courses, seminars and case presentations
  • Interdisciplinary lectures
  • The student is responsible for reporting absences, and unexcused absences are not allowed.¿In addition to the attendance requirements, the academic requirements must be met, both in terms of the quality of the work and sufficient practice.

    In this subject, mandatory activities are valid for two semesters.

    Forms of Assessment
  • Oral exam: case presentation (7th semester)
  • Grading Scale
    Assessment Semester
    Reading List
    The reading list will be available by July 1st for subjects in the autumn semester.
    Course Evaluation
    The course is evaluated every three years, in accordance with the University of Bergen's system for quality in education.
    Examination Support Material
    Programme Committee
    Programme Committee for subjects in odontology
    Course Coordinator
    Professor Xieqi Shi
    Course Administrator
    Department of Clinical Dentistry