Introduction

The Department deals with the diagnosis and management of oral manifestations of systemic disease and management of medically compromised patients. The faculty also specializes in management of Temporo-mandibular disorders and radiographic interpretation of complex Oro-facial disorders. An exclusive Neuromuscular Dentistry department with the faculty qualified in the practice of Neuromuscular dentistry and ICCMO (International College of Cranio Mandibular Orthopaedics) India members, which is the new face of dental practice the world is warming up to.

A good physician treats the disease, but a great physician treats the patient with the disease, we aspire to be great.

Research at SMIDS is rapidly growing and we strive to provide collegiate dental researchers with state-of-the-art laboratory facilities to meet the continually evolving oral health care needs of dental patients. Research in our Department is carried out in a number of key areas with laboratory and clinical researchers working collaboratively. Our unit aims towards development of improved oral health and clinically effective treatment at both the public health and individual patient levels. The research units at each department provide a cross-cutting theme of activity with the stimulation of knowledge transfer and the potential to improve both clinical practice and oral health.

Facilities

  • Digital extra oral radiographic machine – 100kVp

  • Digital OPG & Ceph Machine

  • PSP plates

  • Intra oral X ray machine

  • Intra-oral camera

  • Facilities for Sialography

  • Dormia basket for Lith retrieval

  • Vital staining

  • Facilities for the Practice of Neuromuscular Dentistry for TMJ Disorders

Research Work done till Date

  • Estimation of serum l-fucose (tumor marker level among the patients with oral cancer of various TNM stagings
  • Human Bite Mark - a Diagnostic Tool in Forensic odontology
  • Biomonitoring of genotoxic and cytotoxic changes among patients exposed to digital radiograph
  • Evaluation of the spatial relationship of inferior alveolar canal in three different age groups using Cone Beam Computed Tomography
  • Assessment of age related changes in articular eminence inclination and coronoid morphology using Orthopantomogram
  • Prevalence of Oral Health complications in Type II Diabetes Mellitus patients: A descriptive study
  • Prevalence of thyroid cartilage calcification and analysis of calcification pattern in a suburban population of South India- A radiographic study using Orthopantomograph and lateral cephalograph
  • Cytogenetic changes in oral exfoliated cells using PAP stains of tobacco users without lesions and tobacco users with precancerous lesions as compared with controls
  • Awareness about Radiation Hazards and safety among general practicing dentists in Trivandrum District
  • An analysis of the prevalence of Oral lesions in Kanyakumari Population
  • Microbial colonization of the dental operatory
  • Surface area changes among bruxers and non-bruxers
  • Comparative analysis of lip-print, palatal rugae patterns and finger prints
  • Candida colonization in patients undergoing renal dialysis
  • SEM study of wear facets
  • Radiographic assessment of Shimbashi Number
  • Airway assessment from Lateral Ceph.
  • Serum Nor-nicotine levels in aphthae patients and smokers
  • Attitude and awareness of GDPs towards NSAIDs
  • Attitude and awareness of GDPs towards TMJ Disorders

Teaching Programme

  • Special lectures are conducted by eminent faculty of the specialty from other universities who are brought in to educate the students on specific topics.
  • Problem based learning approach is adopted to give the students a “real life” experience of dealing with patients in clinical situations.
  • Chair – side teaching methods are adopted to give the students a thorough clinical approach.
  • Accessibility of staff for the students is important so that no student remains shy and introvert.
  • A notice board is dedicated to the UGs and PGs which have to be managed by them in the way they deem appropriate, which is evaluated for content and quality by the staff and competitions with winner declaration being a regular practice.
  • Feedback from the students and patients from time to time, helps us shape the future of the department.
  • Student evaluation is conducted during theory and clinical postings by internal assessment (written, oral and practical). Internal assessment (Theory and Practical) exams are conducted for both undergraduates and post graduates.
  • Regular intra department staff Meetings to ascertain our current academic progress and future plans. Systematic follow up on the programs envisaged and ensuring compliance.
  • All post-graduate students and faculty actively participate in state and National level seminars, continuing education programs and conferences to enrich their knowledge about the subject and keep track of the latest developments in the field. In addition BDS students participate in medical camps in villages. The PG students are compulsorily send for postings in allied departments like Cancer wards, Gen Radiology, Dermatology, ENT…etc
  • The faculties are proactive about going “beyond the books” and encourage students to think beyond the mundane approaches of problem management and patient care. They are taught to improvise on available resources and enhance patient care by innovative means. Few of the lectures is exclusively devoted to the emerging trends and the innumerous possibilities in dentistry and allied fields.
  • The faculty lays emphasis on improvising on current approaches and explore new ideas on diagnostic modalities available to the patient. Students are encouraged to come out with new ideas and pursue them. The department can confidently boast that its PG’s have done CBCT Sialographies in actual patients which may be the only Department with this feather in the cap in India/ Abroad. Sialolith retrieval has attained new meaning in our department with the procurement of the ‘Dormia’ Baskets for sialolith retrieval, avoiding major surgical intervention to a lot of patients, again a major contribution of our staff toward PG empowerment very few colleges can boast of.

Conference and CDEs

Faculty has attended multiple National and International conferences in the specialty and allied subjects, the world over.

Dr. Tatu Joy
  • Integrated Implantology at Sirrona Dental Academy – Bensheim, 2014
  • TMJA Harmony, International Mini Residency Program, ICAD – Thailand, 2014
  • SICAT Training “From 3D Implant planning to Surgical guides” – Germany, 2014
  • Essential of Head and Neck Ultrasonography, Medical College – Trivandrum, 2014
  • “Imaging” – Amrita Head and Neck Allied Specialty, 2016
  • Advances in Forensic Odontology – MS Ramiah Dental College, 2013
  • National Conference of the IAOMR – Kanyakumari, 2016
  • CDE program “Step Ahead- Digital Dentistry” – 2015
  • ICCMO international conference – North American, Phoenix, Arizona, 2016
  • Myotronics K7 mastership training-Seattle, 2016
  • Trainer-international faculty-CBCT workshop – Colombo, 2018
Dr. Shashi Kiran
  • National Conference of the IAOMR at Nellore- Best scientific Paper Presentation
  • National Conference of the IAOMR – Bangalore, 2011
  • National Post Graduate Convention of the IAOMR – Bangalore, 2011 – Chaired Scientific Session
  • National Conference of the IAOMR – Kanyakumari, 2016
  • Teachers Training Program at Dayananda Sagar Dental College – Bangalore
  • Tripe T training in Bioethics at SMIMS – 2017
  • CDE program “Step Ahead- Digital Dentistry” – 2015
Dr. Rahul R.
  • PG meet of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Vinayaka Mission Dental College and Hospital – Salem, 2009
  • 42nd Kerala State Dental Conference – Calicut, 2009
  • 43rd Kerala State Dental Conference – Manjeri , 2010
  • 1st National Workshop on 3D CBCT – Chennai, 2011
  • National Post Graduate Convention in Oral Medicine and Radiology at KLE VK Institute of Dental Science – Belgaum, 2011
  • Attended 44th Kerala State Dental Conference – Trivandrum, 2012
  • Learn NMD Introduction to Neuromuscular Dentistry- Right Bite ICCMO India – 2016
  • Essential of Head and Neck Ultrasonography, Medical College – Trivandrum, 2014
Dr. P. Redwin Dhas Manchil
  • National Conference of the IAOMR – Kanyakumari, 2016
  • Tripe T training in Bioethics – SMIMS, 2017
  • CDE program “Step Ahead- Digital Dentistry” – 2015
  • Learn NMD Introduction to Neuromuscular Dentistry- Right Bite ICCMO India – 2016
  • Updates on Prevention and Control of Oral Cancer – RCC Trivandrum, 2016
  • Pain Management in Dentistry – IDA Marthandam, 2018
Dr. M. Farakath Khan
  • National Conference of the IAOMR – Kanyakumari, 2016
  • Learn NMD Introduction to Neuromuscular Dentistry- Right Bite ICCMO India – 2016
  • Updates on Prevention and Control of Oral Cancer – RCC Trivandrum, 2016
  • Pain Management in Dentistry – IDA Marthandam, 2018
  • CBCT Workshop – Raja’s Dental College, 2018

Faculty as Speaker/Guest Lecturer

Dr. Tatu Joy

Conference Year Topic Presented
IDA Kerala
2018
CBCT Workshop
45th KSDC
2013
“CBCT Clinical application – made easy”
11th Annual State Conference of AOMSI
2014
CBCT in Dentistry
CDE at MCODS Mangalore
2012
CBCT- Diagnosis and Interpretation
Albertian Institute of Science and Technology, Kochi
2013
Electronics in Medical Diagnosis
Academic Forum, SMIDS
2014
CBCT- Its application in Dentistry
CDE IDA North Malabar Branch
2009
Radiological Preparatory steps
CDE- Raja’s Dental College
2016
Move on - Advanced CBCT Interpretation and Apllication

Dr. Shashi Kiran

Conference Year Topic Presented
IDA Kerala
2018
Dental Practice Etiquette
CDE Raja’s Dental College
2016
Move on - Advanced CBCT Interpretation and Apllication
Academic Forum SMIDS
2015
Geriatric Dentistry
CDE Dayananda Sagar Dental College, Bangalore
2013
General Principles of CBCT

Dr. Redwin

Conference Year Topic Presented
IDA Kerala
2018
CBCT Workshop
CDE Raja’s Dental College
2016
Move on - Advanced CBCT Interpretation and Apllication

Dr. Farakath

Conference Year Topic Presented
IDA Kerala
2018
CBCT Workshop
IDA Marthandam
2016
Rhinolith
Academic Forum SMIDS
2018
Key to Diagnosis

Dr. Rahul

Conference Year Topic Presented
Dentistry 2017
2017
Ideal Radiographs
IDA Attingal
2017
Radiographic Interpretation

Awards / Recognitions

Awards/Merits Year Faculty Name
PhD Guide at Pacific Academy of Higher Education Research University, Udaipur
2015
Dr. Tatu Joy
Course on Disclusion Time Reduction, International Centre of Dental Excellence
2017
Dr. Tatu Joy
International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics India, Vice President
2017
Dr. Tatu Joy
Best Paper- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - International conference on advances in science and technology
2013
Dr. Shashi Kiran
International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics India, Membership
2017
Dr. Shashi Kiran
International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics India, Membership
2017
Dr. Redwin
International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics India, Membership
2017
Dr. Farakath
International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics India, Membership
2017
Dr. Rahul R.