Oral Medicine & Radiology
discipline of dentistry
Oral medicine, a conduit between dentistry and Medicine is concerned with diagnosis and medical management of patients with diseases of the oral and paraoral structures. The speciality professionals trained in oral medicine also provide dental and oral health care for patients with medical diseases that affect dental treatment, including patients receiving treatment for cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and infectious diseases. Oral Radiology involves the imaging of teeth, jaws, and the head and neck region. The images are interpreted with an aim to diagnose diseases affecting the teeth, oral cavity, jaws, and maxillofacial structures.
The specialty is involved in the clinical and radiographic diagnosis, treatment planning, and medical management of a wide spectrum of cases such as odontogenic & non- odontogenic cysts and tumors, mucosal lesions, temporomandibular joint disorders, salivary gland diseases and lesions and fractures of the oro-facial region. Our students are taught to examine the oral cavity, recognize the range of normal appearances, and distinguish what is abnormal by studying the features of various oral diseases. We provide adequate knowledge to the students about common laboratory investigations and interpretation of their results, medical complications that can arise while treating systemically compromised patients, and take prior precautions/ consent from the concerned medical specialist. The students are trained such that they gain the competency to take intra-oral radiographs and interpret the radiographic findings. They
are also made aware of the importance of intra- and extra-oral radiographs in forensic identification and age estimation.
To accomplish this, we are equipped with state-of-the-art digital intra-oral and extra-oral X-ray units with adequate training being imparted on radiation safety and protection. Our radiology department meets the requirements of the ATOMIC ENERGY REGULATORY BOARD. We also ensure that the students are familiar with jurisprudence, ethics and understand the significance of dental records with respect to law.