The Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology was established in Mar Baselios Dental college in the year 2002 and has been growing in leaps and bounds since then. The department is unique as it includes the Department of Oral Medicine and Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.
The field of oral medicine consists chiefly of the diagnosis of diseases of oral and maxillofacial region, medical management of the patient with complex medical disorders involving the oral mucosa and salivary glands as well as oro- facial pain and temporomandibular disorders. In this college, the Department of Oral Medicine has an under-graduate clinic as well as a post-graduate clinic with a minimum of 110-130 Outpatients per day. The patients who seek dental care are screened in the under-graduate clinic. Here a thorough clinical examination of the patient is done and if indicated all the radiological investigations are carried. Based on all the clinical examination findings and the investigation reports a comprehensive treatment plan is made and the patients are referred to the respective departments for the treatment.
Patients seeking care for chronic oral mucosal diseases, temporomandibular joint disorders and patients with premalignant as well as malignant disorders are managed in the post-graduate clinic (PG Clinic). The pre- malignant and malignant lesions are biopsied in the PG clinic and are managed here accordingly. Minor surgical procedures like mucocoele excision, fibroma excisions are carried out here. Biopsy using LASER is also performed here. Patients with temporomandibular joint disorders are managed in the TMJ clinic in the PG section which is equipped with TENS and LASER.
The Department of Oral Medicine also has a Tobacco cessation Clinic (TCC). The services offered here include counselling for habit stoppage and nicotine replacement therapy. The center also creates awareness amongst the general public about the negative effects of tobacco and helps in tobacco cessation. The center- also helps in diagnosing pre-malignant lesions and does a regular follow up of these patients.