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About the Department

The departments at the Amrita School of Dentistry are committed to developing challenging curricula and providing students with the resources and support to learn best practices, develop new skills, and contribute to progress in their specialization. The School of Dentistry is categorized into nine departments such as Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology & Microbiology, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine & Radiology, Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, Paediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics & Implantology and Public Health Dentistry, that inculcate holistic education in conventional as well as interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and post doctoral programs.

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Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics

The Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics occupies the C block on the 3rd floor of Amrita School of Dentistry. The Department infrastructure consist of fully equipped undergraduate and postgraduate clinics, pre-clinical phantom head laboratory, seminar room, radiography room, sterilization rooms and faculty rooms, all of which spans about 10,000 sq.ft.The Department teaches dental materials theory to the first and second year undergraduate students, along with the department of Prosthodontics. The students also get practical training in the manipulation of restorative materials.Theory lessons on operative dentistry are also started by first year and continued through the second year, with a one-hour lecture weekly.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology

This specialised branch of dentistry deals with the detailed study and identification of the pathologic processes affecting the oral and maxillofacial region at a microscopic level, and diagnosing them by correlating the clinical, radiographic and microscopic studies.

The practices of oral pathology include histopathology, cytology, biochemistry, hematology and more recent additions like PCR, In-Situ Hybridisation etc. Since a vast majority of the diseases affecting the oral region are infections caused by micro-organisms, the study of Oral Microbiology is also included within this specialty.

This department caters to the micro-diagnosis of oral lesions, thereby contributing to the exact recognition of the disease and charting the patient management including incidences of premalignancies and oral cancer.

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Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) is a dental and surgical specialty concerned with the surgical aspects of oral cavity, face and the jaws. From its austere beginnings as a ‘tooth puller’ subject, this specialty has, over the last 150 years, advanced immensely in its scope, expertise and technical proficiency to establish itself as a true surgical specialty of orofacial region.The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Amrita School of Dentistry is equipped to cater 100 out-patient cases daily.The undergraduate and postgraduate divisions are housed in the ground floor of the Institution, and are served by separate well-equipped sterilization centers.

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Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology

The Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology is mainly concerned with the preliminary screening of all dental patients who report for dental treatment. For this, the Department is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic and other equipments.

The department is in possession of intra oral camera, iontophoresis unit, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS unit), fibre optic diagnostic system, biopsy equipments, sialography unit, analog panoramic x-ray machine, digital panoramic x-ray machine, general x-ray unit (100 mA) and intra oral x-ray units.

There are intra-oral and extra-oral automatic x-ray film processors. The Department will soon procure the latest diagnostic modality in maxillofacial imaging, Cone Beam CT (CBCT) unit.

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Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

The Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is located on the first floor of Block ‘A’ housing the clinics and related auxiliary rooms.

The ‘B’ block has P. G. workstations, P. G. Dry and Wet labs, Seminar room, Faculty rooms.

The ‘C’ block houses Ortho Preclinical Lab.

Highlights

The Department’s academic goal is to:

  • Plan treatment for cases that require limited orthodontic correction with removable appliances as part of the B. D. S. programme.
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Department of Periodontics

Periodontology is the branch of dentistry which deals with supporting structures of the tooth. The Department offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses with 23 dental chairs in the undergraduate section and 11 dental chairs in the postgraduate section. Postgraduate courses commenced in the year 2010 with 3 students in each batch.

The Department has a well equipped library and postgraduate seminar room. The Department library contains various text books and journals in Periodontology.

The seminar room has all the modern facilities including LCD TV. The department sterilization room has separate facilities for undergraduates and postgraduates. Clinical hours are from 8 am to 4 pm.

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Department of Prosthodontics & Implantology

Prosthodontics deals with the esthetic and functional rehabilitation of oral and facial structures. The various treatment modalities in prosthetic dentistry includes :

  • Removable prosthodontics
  • Fixed prosthodontics
  • Implant prosthodontics
  • Maxillofacial prosthetics

Highlights

  • Esthetic Clinic : Total Facial Esthetics is given priority rather than mere replacement of missing teeth.
  • Implant clinic : Implant supported Dental and Maxillo-facial prosthetic rehabilitations are carried out in this clinic.
  • Maxillo-facial prosthetic clinic : This is one among few centers in India to have a full – fledged maxillo – facial clinic which use silicone based prosthetic material.
  • Individual work stations for the faculty, postgraduate students and undergraduate students.
  • Well – equipped pre – clinical and clinical labs for postgraduate and undergraduate students.
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Department of Public Health Dentistry

Welcome to the Department of Public Health Dentistry. The skills in Public Health are those required to care for a community as well as individuals within the community. Through our teaching program, research and community service, our department continues to meet this challenge.

Objectives

  • Promotion of Effective Efforts in Disease Prevention, Health Promotion and Service Delivery.
  • Education of the Public, Health Professionals and Decision-Makers regarding the importance of Oral Health to total well-being,
  • Expansion of the Knowledge base of Dental Public Health and Fostering Competency in its practice.

The objectives are achieved through Teaching Programs, Research Activities, Patient Care, Outreach Activities.

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Outreach Activities

The Department conducts weekly dental screening and treatment camps. In addition, the Department is responsible for providing oral health screening and fluoride treatments to school children at health fairs in underserved communities and in elementary schools.

Two schools, one in the government sector and the other in the private sector have been adopted as part of our school health programme. Oral cancer screening programmes are also conducted at remote areas.

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