ORAL MEDICINE AND RADIOLOGY

OVERVIEW

The department of Oral Medicine and Radiology is an integral part of the VK Institute of Dental Sciences. We offer Undergraduate and Postgraduate training in Oral Medicine and Oral radiology section. The department is equipped with the latest teaching facilities and infrastructure for basic and advanced training and research activities in the field of Oral Medicine, Oral Radiology, and allied sciences.

ORAL MEDICINE

We undertake treatment of

  • Oral Mucosal diseases of infectious and non-infectious origin
  • Oral diseases of psychosomatic origin
  • Chronic Orofacial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)
  • Salivary gland diseases
  • Oral cancer and complications of cancer therapy
  • Dental care for patients with disabilities
  • Oral complications of systemic illnesses
  • Oral complaints in geriatric patients
  • Craniofacial imaging and other diagnostics
  • Laser therapy for oral mucosal lesions
  • Tobacco cessation counseling cell
  • Age estimation in Forensic investigations
  • Consultation for Medicolegal cases

RADIOLOGY

Imaging is the lifeline of dentistry. It is essential for the practice of dentistry. The radiology section is equipped with conventional and digital intraoral and extraoral X ray machines and panoramic radiography machine. These facilities are used by all the departments in the college for patient care and research and medicolegal consultations.

The department has qualified, experienced and proactive teachers trained in health professions education. We are equipped with contemporary teaching methods and resources in the form of books, journals, library dissertation, dissertations, and seminars and patient registry of pathology of head and neck. We also work closely with other dental and medical disciplines to provide holistic care.

The department of Oral Medicine and Radiology is an integral part of VK Institute of Dental Sciences. We offer Undergraduate and Post graduate training in Oral Medicine and Oral radiology section. The department is equipped with the latest teaching facilities and infrastructure for basic and advanced training and research activities in the field of Oral Medicine, Oral Radiology and allied sciences.

HISTORY

The Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology took its birth with the inauguration of this college in 1985. During its initial years, the Department grew under the guidance of Dr.S.S.Degwekar, Dr.Kausar Khwaja, Dr. Aspee Surveyor, Dr.Shailesh Bhutala, Dr Basavaraj Kallalli, and Dr. Anil Kumar Bhoweer.  Within a few years, there was a rapid growth in the dept with dedicated space for teaching and housing modern requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. We have been running the postgraduate program successfully since 1993.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM(Bachelor of Dental Surgery)

The educational goals of this program are to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve competency in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of orofacial diseases.. It is achieved by offering the student an integrated experience in didactics lecture, case-based learning and patient care with an emphasis on differential diagnosis, and interdisciplinary treatment using medicine .students are also trained in making and interpreting various radiographs.

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM(Master of Dental Surgery)

Oral Medicine and Radiology focuses on the diagnosis and non-surgical management of orofacial diseases. The department at KLE
VK Institute of Dental Sciences strives to be a leader and a center of excellence in the diagnosis and management of disorders in the
orofacial complex following the curriculum and guidelines prescribed by the Dental Council of India

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Oral Medicine and Radiology program is a full time 3-year Master in Dental Surgery (MDS) program that is recognized by the Dental Council of India. The program provides extensive training in both clinical Oral Medicine and Radiology and research methodology.

Oral Medicine and Radiology specialists require considerable knowledge in the basic health sciences and must be able to apply this knowledge to the clinical management of orofacial diseases. A deep understanding of the instruments, procedures and techniques used in the diagnosis of all oral diseases and a broad knowledge of treatment planning is also essential.

Clinical training focuses on the non-surgical management of disease including pharmacotherapy, physical therapy, the use of oral appliances, and behavioral counseling. The clinical and didactic portions of the program are designed to provide extensive training in the diagnosis and management of Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), Nerve and neurosensory disorders (including burning mouth syndrome, oral and facial neuropathic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia), Chronic orofacial pain (including psychosocial aspects of pain management), TMJ disorders, Diseases/conditions affecting the oral mucosa (including aphthous stomatitis, lichen planus, vesiculobullous oral diseases, and allergic/hypersensitivity reactions), oral dysplasias and other premalignant changes of the oral cavity, Salivary gland dysfunction, Oral complications of cancer therapies (including chemotherapy and radiation).

In the first year, clinical training primarily takes place in Oral Medicine and Radiology clinic at VK Institute of Dental Sciences. Clinical rotations in the second year include rotations in KLE’s Belgaum Cancer Hospital. Students attend rotations in Dermatology, General Medicine, General Surgery, Otolaryngology Medical Radiology and Physiotherapy at KLES Dr Prabhakar Kore hospital in Belagavi. All students receive training in research methodology, literature search, and biostatistics. All students complete dissertation under the guidance of a faculty research committee. Our postgraduates are skilled to pursue careers in academic dentistry as clinicians, researchers, educators and as private practitioners.

Ph.D. PROGRAM

We encourage research scholars to take up research projects related to HIV, Oral cancer, where salivary and serum markers can be assessed in Basic Science Research Laboratory, housed in our Dental college premises. Tobacco use is widely prevalent in this region. Hence, we have lot of cases with tobacco associated lesions. Early detection and prevention of oral cancer can be achieved with the facilities available. Our well-equipped Oral Radiology department along with Hi-tech imaging facilities available at KLE’s Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital encourages research in this field as well. Trained faculty in Dental education promote research in education.

ENRICHMENT PROGRAM FOR INTERNS

Interns are demonstrated making and interpreting Extraoral radiographic techniques to improve their diagnostic acumen. Demonstration of Therapeutic Ultrasound, TENS therapy for orofacial pain and Intralesional injections of steroids for potentially malignant disorders helps to enhance their clinical skills.

Our faculties are exceptional teachers and achievers dedicated to our vision and mission. They inspire as role models and instill values in the students creating a cohesive learning experience.

Dr. Vaishali Keluskar
MDS
Professor & Head

Dr. Anjana Bagewadi
MDS
Vice-principal, Professor

Dr. Arvind Shetti
MDS
Professor

Dr. Zameera Naik
MDS
Professor

Dr. Vasanti P Jirge
MDS
Reader

Dr. Shivayogi Charantimath
MDS
Reader

Dr.Namratha Patil
MDS
Lecturer

Dr. Daneshwari Koshti
MDS
Lecturer

Dr. Kajal V Gokak
MDS
Lecturer

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

  Research is an integral component of the mission and goals of the program. Research training includes courses in clinical research protocol development, biostatistics and bioethics. Faculty members represent a broad array of scientific fields using clinical, epidemiological and basic science approaches in their investigations. This diversity of scope establishes a broad base for research programs and training available to residents.

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AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

The staff and students have represented the Department at various curricular and co-curricular events at National & International events and have brought laurels to the Institute. The details from 2016-2020 are as follows

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INFRASTRUCTURE

Clinics & Radiology Section

Undergraduate Clinic

The undergraduate clinic is spacious and well ventilated to accommodate 12 dental chairs. Clinics provide students with the opportunity to learn by clinical experience and interaction with faculty. Teachers engage student in chairside discussion to promote learning by reflection and feedback.

Postgraduate Clinic

The postgraduate clinic is equipped with 12 latest dental units. The postgraduates are trained to improve their skills in treatment planning, management for various head and neck pathologies. The postgraduate students are also trained in making   and interpretation of various radiographic techniques. PG students are also trained in advanced radiographic techniques.

Radiology

The Radiology section is well designed & equipped for conventional & digital intraoral radiography. We have four intraoral radiography sections (including 01 digital intraoral radiography), one extraoral radiography unit & one panoramic radiography unit. We also have processing room/ dark room for conventional radiographs & ample space for viewing and interpretation. Equipment for sialography is also available.

Equipments

The department has intraoral camera, real skull simulator, therapeutic ultrasound machine (TUS)& transcutaneous electrical nerves stimulation machine (TENS). We have all the basic diagnostic equipments that can be used for patient care & teaching.

Treatments Offered

  1. Medical managements for oral mucosal diseases
  2. Tobacco induced oral diseases
  3. Chronic orofacial pain and temporomandibular joint diseases
  4. Laser treatment / medical treatments for oral ulcers
  5. Oral complaints in elderly
  6. Physiotherapeutic modalities for chronic orofacial pain
  7. Phytotherapy (Plant based) for oral diseases
  8. Psychosomatic and neurosensory oral disorders
  9. Complications of cancer therapy

HIGHLIGHTS

Clinical

  1. Tobacco de-addiction counseling cell: The de-addiction cell is active in providing de-addiction counseling to all patients who report history of usage of tobacco or areca nut in any form. The cell maintains a registry of all patients who have undergone counseling and follow up. Patients who report with tobacco abuse are examined for mucosal lesions. They are then counseled and administered treatment for the mucosal lesions. If such patients are diagnosed with oral cancer they are referred to the KLES Belgaum cancer hospital for further care.
  2. Pain clinic: To deliver care to patients suffering from chronic orofacial pain conditions we have a dedicated pain clinic. Patients suffering from acute and chronic neurosensory and motor nerve disorders are treated here using pharmacologic and physiotherapeutic modalities (Transcutaneous Electric nerve stimulation, Therapeutic ultrasound).
  3. Community service: We also conduct guest lectures and camps for awareness on oral hygiene and health and danger of tobacco use as community service at villages, talukas and for CRPF,(Central Reserve Police Force), ITBP ( Indo –Tibetan Border Police), Police Training school.

Academic

The department addresses learning behaviors of millennial learners by introducing technology assisted teaching learning methods such as Blended Learning involving digital platforms such as WhatsApp groups, Google groups and different learning management systems such as Edmodo etc. Remedial teaching is practiced in the department to assist students overcome their obstacles during learning. Integrated lectures with departments of oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, Prosthodontics, and Periodontics. Integrated lectures promote deeper understanding of subjects discussed. Value added courses for interns have been introduced to enhance their skills. Real skull simulator is employed for demonstration of intraoral radiography techniques. Most recent development is the use of online teaching and assessment during the COVID pandemic.

Innovations And Best Practices:

1. Sir W. C. Roentgen Week

Since 2012 every year Dr. W. C. Roentgen week is conducted in the month of November to commemorate the discovery of X rays. A weeklong program with various activities like Radiology seminars, Guest lectures, CBCT workshop, Forensic applications and quiz for both undergraduates and postgraduates is organized.

Programs conducted:

  1. CBCT Workshops.
  2. Workshop on Forensic odontology.
  3. Seminars on Radiographic Interpretation
  4. Quiz , essay, poster and debate competitions for UG’s and PG’s.
  5. Radiology exhibition – display of art by UG’s.

2. Tobacco Counseling Cell

Training program for Tobacco cessation for the undergraduates:

This has been an ongoing program of the faculty and students of KLE V.K. IDS where we try to educate about the ill effects of tobacco motivate them to quit and counsel them during follow up by emphasizing on quitting. The Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, KLE V.K. IDS has also established a Tobacco Cessation cell from 2010, where patients reporting to the college are educated and counselled about tobacco quitting. The main objectives of this cell are:

  1. To create awareness about hazards of tobacco and promote quitting.
  2. To advise and assist individuals and masses to quit the use of tobacco with counseling.
  3. Thus, create a tobacco free society.

Along with the Public Health Dentistry Department various camps are conducted in Belagavi and periphery of Belagavi.

3. Pain Clinic

Pain is an emotional experience almost experienced by every one of us and is a highly debilitating and a prevalent condition. It often affects quality of life of an individual due to associated significant distress, and disability.

Orofacial painincludes very common disorders such as pain due to carious teeth, gum diseases. Other reasons for orofacial pain are jaw joint and surrounding muscle disorders, nerve disorders, sinus disorders and neurovascular disorders such as migraine.

There is no reason for you to continue suffering with orofacial pain when our Orofacial pain clinic can offer comprehensive treatment solutions to reduce pain and correct jaw and muscle problems that may be causing these issues.

Here at KLE VK IDS, Belagavi, the Orofacial pain clinic caters to patients with these ailments and is thus alleviating pain and helping patients enjoy an improved quality of life. Subsequent to a thorough evaluation of sensory and motor function of orofacial region, patients are subjected to additional investigations based on the clinical diagnosis. Necessary medical management, including drugs, physiotherapy in terms of exercises and counseling is advised under supervision of dental professionals.

Multidisciplinary consultation is also obtained for patients with neurological, psychological, endocrinal and other co-morbidities as we are associated with Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital, Belagavi.  Orofacial pain clinic though in its budding stage is equipped with a laser unit, Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation machine(TENS) and Therapeutic Ultrasound unit.

4. World No Tobacco Day

World no tobacco day is celebrated with the NSS Unit of KLE V.K.IDS every year. Programs are organized to educate the masses by creating awareness throughs skits, Venudwani talks, pictorial presentations thus helping them to quit tobacco.

5. Gold Medals

A gold medal was instituted in honour of Dr Anil Kumar Bhoweerfor Highest scorer (MDS) since 2010.

List of achievers:

Dr.Poonam Agarwal 2010
Dr.AlkaHebbar 2011
Rakhi Issrani 2012
Dr.Sugandha Sharma 2013
Dr.Radha Deshmukh 2015
Dr.Varun Nair, 2016
Dr.Harshita Rai 2017
Dr. Deepti Biswas 2018
Dr.Lidiya Thomas 2019

Another Gold medal was instituted by the Alumni Associationof Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology for the

highest scorer in the subject of Oral MedicineRadiologyin IV BDS since 2012.

List of achievers:

Dr.Barnali Majumdar 2012
Dr.Vaibhav Kumar 2013
Dr.Nadia Sakinah 2014
Manisha Billakanti 2015
Dr. Gabriel Chai Chee Neng 2016
Dr Tong Hui Yeng 2017
Dr. Roshan Rangnekar 2018
PruthviParulekar 2019

COLLABORATIONS

1 Padmashree Dr.R.B.Patil Cancer Hospital & Research Centre,Hubballi
2 Police Training School, Khanapur
3 Indo Tibetan Border Police Training Centre Vantamuri, Belagavi
4 COBRA School of JungleWarfare andTactics Torali, Khanapur
5 Prabhakar Kore Basic Science Research Centre (BSRC), Belgaum
6 Dentascan CBCT Centre Sangli
7 KLE Belgaum Cancer Hospital Belagavi
8 Head and Neck CBCT Imaging Centre, Belagavi

ALUMNI

Dr. Ramachandra completed his MDS in 2000 Oral Medicine & Radiology at KLEVKIDS. He has completed MRCS from Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh in 2015 & BMBSfrom Brighton and Sussex Medical School at U.K. He is currently working as a specialist Registrar in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Queen Victoria Hospital in England.

DR. RAMACHANDRA

Dr. Mohit Pal Singh, alumnus from the 2000 batch is presently the Vice Principal, Prof. and Head, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Pacific Dental College & Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan. He is a member of Academy of Craniofacial Pain. He has received training in Palliative care and is working with NGO’s and is also practicing palliative care for Head & Neck Oncology.

DR. MOHIT PAL SINGH,

Dr. Ajay Parihar,alumnus from the 2003 batch is presently the Professor and Head, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology & Vice-Principal at Govt. Dental College, Indore. He has undergone advance training in CBCT from Japan &currently runs multiple CBCT Centers all over Madhya Pradesh.

DR. AJAY PARIHAR

TESTIMONIALS

KLE’s Institute of Dental Sciences (was known by this name back then) particularly the Departmentof Oral Medicine & Radiology,is & will always remain a pragmatic part of my wonderful journey in my successful career as a Dentist. I have witnessed how this Institute has stood the test of time and has blossomed today as a giant University.   Its academic program is so well designed that it channelizes the young minds towards developing a holistic approach towards general well-being through good Oral health. It’s experienced & dynamic teachers are the pillars of strengths in the Institute.I feel truly blessed to be a part of their success story.

DR. ARATI CHOUDHARY

I am Dr Upasana Sethi Ahuja, an Oral Medicine and RadiologyAlumni from the prestigious Institute KLE V.K. IDS. I still cherish the wonderful 3 years I spent in the sprawling campus. College not only provided excellent infrastructure but also ample opportunities for us to grow professionally. And my dept OMR is truly the backbone of the Institute the variety of patients that I got to see in the dept with regular discussions with the faculty made my knowledge concrete and long lasting. I owe my revered teachers a lot for not only nurturing me professionally but also personally. A big thanks to my lovely college and teachers .

DR. UPASANA SETHI

Gratitude for my mentors of Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology VK KLE’s Institute of Dental Sciences. My experience during postgraduate tenure from the year 2005’ to 2008’ was insightful and dynamic. Excellent academic growth with state of the art infrastructure, accompanied by magnificent, highly intellectual and supportive faculty members prepared me with lifelong career brilliance.

The learner centric environment crafted here not only trained me academically and in clinical skills but also aided me in my personal growth by refining my ability to manage administrative challenges. Throughout the years, as I find myself transitioning between different positions and roles, I gladly stayed in touch with my mentors and they humbly continue to impart their effective support and encouragement.

‘Thank you for helping me grow’

DR. SUNIRA CHANDRA

I am Dr. Harshita Rai a proud alumni of the Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology. It’s my immense pleasure to be writing this testimonial for my alma mater. KLE is a university where you can find a true amalgamation of learning and fun. It was a great opportunity to be learning from the masters of the subject who not only inculcated professional skills in me but also transformed me into a better human being. Itis a place where your voice is heard and your opinion count. The faculty and staff are extremely motivating and enthusiastic. My sincere appreciation and gratitude to the entire department.

DR. HARSHITA RAI