The Department of Periodontics was started in the year 1985 along with the inception of the institution. MDS course was started in the year 1991 and the sanction for the PhD program was obtained in 2009. The Department has also initiated a new certificate program in periodontal micro surgery from 2017 onwards. The Department has a staff strength of 10 postgraduate qualified faculty comprising of 4 Professors, 1 Additional Professor, 4 Readers & 2 Senior lecturers.
The department is equipped with a Department Library and digital library, 3 computer terminals with Printer, Scanner, LCD projector and also RVG facility. The facilities added on in the last 5 years includes Diode Laser, Physiodispenser, implant section, new dental units etc. A microsurgery section with an attached microscope is to be installed in the new section shortly. In addition, the college also has a central library with adequate number of books, journals, e journals etc for the students & faculty. A group of 3-4 students are allotted to each staff as staff guides and regular counseling sessions are conducted every month where the student's progress is evaluated and the person is given an opportunity to explain his difficulties if any.
The faculty also regularly attends faculty development programs like clinical skill development programmes conducted at the local, state and national level and also teacher training programmes to keep themselves abreast with the latest in the speciality and to improve their teaching skills.
The department conducted the 13th National Post Graduate Convention of the Indian Society of Periodontology in 2013 and also collaborates with the Department of Periodontics of all the 5 Dental Colleges in and around Mangalore, as part of the Indian Society of Periodontology Study Group, Mangalore and regularly conducts and participates in CDE programmes where topics of academic interest are discussed.
The department has also conducted several other national programmes of the Indian Society of Periodontology associated with Oral Hygiene day, Oral Health day, Professional Development programmes etc every year from 2013 onwards. The institution has signed an MOU with CURADEN AG Switzerland through its subsidiary Curaden India Private Limited for providing training to the BDS, MDS students and faculty in preventive dental education programmes. This training will be coordinated by the Department of Periodontics.
There are several ongoing and completed research projects by the faculty and students. The faculty has about 150 publications in the last 5 years in various State, National and International journals.
The BDS students are assessed on a continuous basis in addition to their sessional/Term examination by Regular Class tests, end posting vivas, Case discussions, Quiz competitions etc. This helps the faculty to assess the slow learners and pay more attention to them and also to encourage the advanced learners to take up research projects etc . The syllabus of both the BDS and MDS programmes have been modified and upgraded under Nitte (Deemed to be University)
The MDS students have an Observership programme wherein they are sent to dental institutions of repute in different parts of the country to get a hands on experience on the post graduate teaching programme in other dental institutions. They also undergo a one week Elective Posting in the Departments of Oral Implantology and Oral and maxillofacial surgery of our institution.
Most of the students who have passed from this Department are well placed all over the country in various teaching Institutions and in foreign countries as teachers/clinicians etc.
The certificate programme in periodontal microsurgery was started in 2017. It is a 36 hour programme with 2 batches every year. The students are taught the necessary skills and techniques for the use of magnification loupes and microscopes. Dr Avaneendra Talwar, Reader is the co ordinator for this programme.
|Ms. Madhura||Dr. Nina Shenoy||Clinical Evaluation of the effect of Gutkha (Smokeless tobacco)use on Oral Hygiene status and periodontal health||2014||ICMR||Rs. 10,000|
|Mr. Smeet Gusani||Dr. Smitha Shetty||Comparative analysis of the severity of periodontal disease among elderly males with different levels of physical activity||2014||ICMR||Rs. 10,000|
|Ms Arya Ashok||Dr. Amitha Ramesh||A comparative study on plasma ascorbic acid levels in systemically healthy patients with and without periodontitis||2015||Nitte University||-|
|Ms Shrima Kateel||Dr. Amitha Ramesh||Effect of Antioxidant therapy as an adjunct to scaling in patients with chronic gingivitis.||2016||Nitte University||Rs. 3088/|
|Ms Shrima Kateel||Dr. Amitha Ramesh||Effect of green tea on moderate gingivitis||2017||Nitte University||Rs. 1800/|
|Ms Neethu Varghese||Dr. Amitha Ramesh||Clinical evaluation of fenugreek toothpaste and regular toothpaste in the control of gingivitis- A comparative study||2018||Nitte University||Rs. 4000/-|
|Ms Priya Phillip||Dr. Nina Shenoy||Assessment of the efficacy of Aloe Vera gel delivered locally in chronic periodontitis patients||2018||Nitte University||Rs. 7600/-|
|Ms Anju Chandran||Dr.Amitha Ramesh||Effect of Probiotic Yogurt on buffering capacity and salivary pH in moderate gingivitis patients||2019||Nitte University||Rs. 8000/-|
Faculty Research Projects – Nitte University
|Dr. Mamatha Shekar Shetty
Dr. Amitha Ramesh
|Antioxidants. Oxidative stress and total antioxidant capacity in saliva, serum of preeclamptic women with or without periodontal disease- A case control study||2014||50,000/-|
|Dr. Avaneendra Talwar||Establishment and basic characterization of gingiva derived mesenchymal stem cells from periodontally healthy and diseased subjects||2016||Rs. 1,20,000/-|
|Dr. Biju Thomas||Isolation and characterization of gingival connective tissue and periodontal ligament derived stem cells||2016||Rs. 1,00,000/-|
|Dr. Amita Rao.||Identification of periodontal pathogens in atheromatous plaques by polymerase chain reaction||2016||Rs. 1,20,000/-|
|Dr. Avaneendra Talwar||Immunomodulatory plasticity of primed gingival derived mesenchymal stem cells obtained from periodontally compromised subjects||2018||Rs. 1,30,000/-|
|Dr. Biju Thomas||Adhesion, proliferation, migration and integrin expression of human periodontal ligament stem cells cultured on different guided tissue regeneration membranes||2018||Rs. 1,20,000/-|
|Dr. Amita Rao.||Immunomodulatory plasticity of primed gingival derived mesenchymal stem cells obtained from periodontally compromised subjects||2018||Rs. 1,50,000/-|
|Dr. Akshatha Shetty||Impact of Oral Health Status and Unmet Treatment Need on Oral Health Related Quality of Life||2019||self|
|Dr. Mamatha Shetty||Association of inflammatory biomarkers in normotensive and preeclamptic pregnant women with periodontal disease||2019||Rs. 1,25,000/-|
|Dr. Amita Rao||Unravelling the association of periodontal pathogens in the development of atherosclerosis||2019||Rs. 3,00,000/-|
Faculty Research Projects
(in collaboration with faculty of University of Science & Technology of Fujairah.)
|Dr. Biju Thomas
Dr. Amitha Ramesh
|Estimation of Sialic acid and IL10 levels in stage 1 and 2 periodontitis patients.||2018||Rs. 29,900/-|
|Dr. Amitha Ramesh
Dr. Biju Thomas
|Role of TLR-2 and TLR-4 in stage 2 periodontitis patients with and without type II diabetes- a case control study||2019||Rs. 54,000/-|
PhD Research Scholars (Staff)
|Dr. Amita Rao||Dr. Krishna Kumar||Molecular analysis of periodontal pathogens and their association with atheromatous plaques in patients with Coronary artery disease.||July-2016||Nitte University|