Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology deals with oral and dental management of medically compromised patients, oral diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of manifestations of systemic diseases in oral and maxillofacial region; It also deals with diagnosis and management of orofacial pain and TMJ disorders, salivary gland diseases; It acts as a pivotal department in dealing with premalignancies and prevention, early diagnosis of oral cancers .
The department is well equipped with well trained staff, guiding 15 PG students(5 per batch) and simultaneously involved extensively in teaching UG students. All patients who enter the hospital have to pass through oral medicine and radiology department for preliminary examination of oral and maxillofacial region and later referred to appropriate department for further treatment. The department has 29 functional dental chairs (UG- 14, PG- 15) equipped with scalers and functional airotors for 3 dental chairs for immediate treatments if required.
The Oral Radiology department constitutes extra oral digital OPG machine and general radiology machine. It also has RVG machine, all of them attached to an automatic printer. There are 4 intraoral conventional radiographic machines and a digitally compatible machine.
In any given day, the department handles 600 plus patients (both new and old) and about 300 patients , which include various radiographic referral from other departments as well as from oral medicine.
Dr. D.B. Gandhi babu, who heads the department is a well known academician and clinician. He is a recognized university examiner for UGs and PG students, guide to PhD scholars for Grffitte university, Australia, Pacific university , Udaipur, Yenapoya University and Saveetha university Chennai. He is the member of many prestigious international and national associations and was also president of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology. He is the national coordinator for IAOMR presently. He was awarded the prestigious "Danta Vaidya Ratna" award for his outstanding contribution in the field of dentistry. There are various national and international publications to his credit.
The department has conducted various CDE programs at national levels and also conducted a national IAOMR conference. The staff are well trained teachers who take care of all the students in their overall professional development and also extensively involved in the research activities.