Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology

Oral Medicine and Radiology

Oral Medicine & Radiology is that branch of Dentistry that integrates the fields of medicine and dentistry to promote optimal health to all. It was recognized as a specialty by the DCI in 1968 and 1971(Oral Radiology) and since then has made tremendous progress in establishing its importance in the fields of Dentistry and Medicine alike.

The need for an organization of specialists in the field of Oral Medicine to promote the specialty was recognized and the Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology came into existence in 1984.

Further, to foster academic growth and allow the dissemination of research in the field of Oral Medicine & Radiology, the JIAOMR was initiated as the official publication of the academy in the year 1991.

To build a humane society through excellence in education and health care

To develop a Centre of Excellence imparting quality education, generating competent, skilled manpower to face the scientific and social challenges, with a high degree of credibility, integrity, ethical standards and social concern

The main objective is “Oral Health for general Health’.

The department aims to instill the following objectives in every student

The primary objective is to achieve ORAL HEALTH FOR ALL.

  • To foster excellence in education, research, and patient care in the field of oral medicine.
  • To promote the study and dissemination of knowledge regarding the medical aspects of dentistry and serving the best interests of the society.
  • To promote the highest standards of care in the diagnosis and treatment of oral conditions that are not responsive to conventional dental, oral or maxillofacial surgical procedures.
  • To provide an avenue of referral for dental practitioners who have patients with severe, life-threatening medical disorders or complex diagnostic problems involving the oral and maxillofacial region that require ongoing non-surgical management.
  • To improve the quality of life of patients with medically-related oral disease.
  • To focus and educate on the latest imaging modalities and its applications in dentistry.

The Programme Educational Objectives aim to produce graduates with excellent clinical, analytical and problem solving skills with well- developed ethical and social responsibilitiesand ability to keep abreast of newer developments and apply it to day to day practice in an evidence based manner.


The department offers the following courses to the students:

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • Master of Dental Surgery
  • PHD(Oral Medicine and Radiology)
  • Certificate Course in ‘CONE BEAM COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY’

The MDS program was started in the year 1992 under Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences with a yearly intake of 2 postgraduate students. Till date, the department has over 50 alumni practising all over India and abroad. The PhD program has been in place for more than 10 years with an annual intake of 2 research scholars every year. The certificate course in Cone Beam computed tomography was started in August 2017 on a twice yearly schedule with an intake of 10 delegates per batch. It has attracted dental graduates, postgraduates of various specialities from within the state as well as from neighbouring states.

During the course, as a part of Oral Medicine the students are taught to diagnose oral diseases, identify oral manifestations of systemic diseases and dental management of medically compromised patients. In addition, the Radiology section is well equipped with the latest imaging modalities such as Cone Beam CT, Digital Panoramic and Cepahalometric units. Students are well trained in radiographic diagnosis and reporting of radiographs thus enabling them to practice in a radiology set up.

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Research Thrust Areas

  • Dr Vidya Ajila‘‘Evaluation of salivary Ig A and secretory leucocyte protease inhibition in subjects with oral potential malignant disorders and oral squamous cell carcinoma Sanctioned amount :Rs. 1,80,000
  • Dr Shruthi Hegde “Evaluation of Salivary Tumour Necrosis Factor–alpha in patients with Recurrent Apthous Stomatitis” Sanctioned amount Rs. 50,000
  • Dr Renita Castelino “Assessment of salivary cotinine levels as a biomarker of tobacco use - a biochemical study” Sanctioned amount: Rs. 60,000
  • Dr KumudaRao “Evaluation of salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase levels as indicators of stress in post-menopausal women with psychosomatic disorders.” Sanctioned amount: Rs. 1,75,000
  • Dr. Supriya Bhat : Analysis and comparison of Salivary L-Fucose and Heat Shock Protein – 70 in Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders and Oral Cancer Sanctioned amount Rs 65,00
  • Dr Sonika Achalli- Assessment of salivary interleukin 1 beta in adverse oral habits and oral potentially malignant disorders Sanctioned amount Rs 50,000/
  • Studies on saliva as a potential diagnostic tool in oral potentially malignant disorders and oral cancer
  • Applications of cone beam computed tomography
  • Forensic odontology


  • Medical management of potential malignant disorders
  • Tobacco cessation & Counselling
  • Orofacial Pain clinics
  • Saliva studies on systemic disorders
  • Forensic odontology
  • Cone beam ct


  • Started Forensic Odontology Unit in March 2017
  • Started Orofacial Clinic in June 2019