Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology & Oral Microbiology

Oral Medicine and Radiology

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology & Oral Microbiology is well equipped with the best equipment required to develop standard reports in diagnosis and interpret clinical findings. The speciality aims at acquiring adequate knowledge and the necessary skills to carry out investigative procedures and the ability to interpret laboratory findings, thus helping the dental and medical practitioners in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and anomalies of the oral and maxillofacial region.

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Research Thrust Areas

  • Plastination of hard and soft tissues
  • Oral Cancer and cancer screening
  • Advances in tissue processing
  • Traditional medicines in Oral health
  • Odontogenic cysts and Tumours
External Research Grants
  • Indian Council of Medical Research – Department of Health Research grant of INR 2, 21,659 for the project titled “Study of the morphological variations and age changes in permanent maxillary premolars by a new and innovative method of plastination of transparent teeth”
  • Indian Council of Medical Research – Department of Health Research grant of INR 2,07,500 for the project titled “Plastination: a method for preservation of oral hard and soft tissue biopsy specimen in comparison with the conventional method of preservation with formalin”


  • Free biopsy service to Dental practitioners in and around Mangalore
  • Provision of equipment for research purposes in and outside the institution
  • Haematology service to clinicians in the institution
  • Provision of Cryostat services for reporting of urgent biopsies


  • External funding by ICMR for 2 faculty and 3 student projects
  • The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology & Oral Microbiology was awarded THE BEST DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR 2019 for their outstanding contribution in clinical work, research and scientific publications at the 6th Dental Academic Excellence Awards ( Guidant) held on 29th December 2019, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
  • Dr. Chethana was awarded The Most Proactive (Jr.) Academician for the year 2018-19 – Oral Pathology at the 6th Dental Academic Excellence Awards held on 29th December 2019, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Digital museum

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1. Unicystic ameloblastoma 46. Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma
2. Squamous cell carcinoma 47. Unicystic ameloblastoma with luminal proliferatio
3. Squamous cell carcinoma 48. Pindborg tumor
4. Peripheral ossifying fibroma 49. Peripheral ossifying fibroma
5. Periapical cyst 50. Osteomyelitis
6. Periapical cyst 51. Odontome
7. Ossifying fibroma 52. Infected odontogenic cyst
8. Florid cemento-osseous dysplasia 53. Infected Odontogenic cyst
9. Calcifying epithelial odontogenic tumor 54. Infected Cyst Wall
10. Acanthomatous Ameloblastoma 55. Calcifying Odontogenic Cyst
11. Pyogenic granuloma 56. Acanthomatous ameloblastoma
12. Poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma 57. Traumatic fibroma
13. Pilomatrixoma 58. Infected Odontogenic cyst
14. Osteoma 59. Generalised fibrous gingival enlargement
15. Infecyed cyst wall 60. Infected dentigerous
16. Idiopatic gingival enlargemenet 61. Radicular
17. Early invasive squamous cell carcinoma 62. Periapical cyst
18. Early invasive squamous cell carcinoma 63. Round cell lesion
19. Radicular Cyst 64. Infected cyst wall
20. Ossifying Fibroma 65. Adenomatoid Odontogenic tumour
21. Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma 66. Squamous cell carcinoma
22. Infected cyst wall 67. Melanotic neuroectodermal tumour of infancy
23. Fibrous Dysplasia 68. Multiple odontogenic Keratocyst
24. Epithelial Dysplasia 69. Squamous cell carcinoma
25. Cancellous Osteoma 70. Round cell lesion
26. Autoimmune Mediated Mucous Lesion 71. Pyogenic granuloma
27. Gross specimen of Squamous cell carcinoma 72. Odontogenic Keratocyst
28. Gross specimen of Verrucous Carcinoma 73. Irrational fibroma
29. Verrucous Carcinoma 74. Generalised fibrous gingival enlargement
30. Traumatic Fibroma 75. Fibrous enlargement
31. Osteoblastoma  
32. Moderately differentiated squamous cell carcinoma  
33. Mild Epithelial Dysplasia  
34. Inflammatory changes in fibrous hyperplasia  
35. Hyperkeratosis  
36. Fibroma  
37. Verrucous Carcinoma  
38. Oral Submucous Fibrosis  
39. Operculum  
40. Moderately differentiated SCC  
41. Lichen Planus  
42.Infected Odontogenic cyst  
43. Infected Cyst Wall  
44. Hemangioendothelioma  
45. Dentigerous Cyst