Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology deals with the nature of oral diseases, their causes, and effects. It relates the clinical manifestation of oral diseases and is concerned with the final microscopic diagnosis of diseases of the oral and maxillofacial region. Oral oncology, Forensic odontology and Advanced molecular techniques also come within the purview of this speciality.
The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is involved in the training of undergraduates and postgraduates in the speciality. As part of the undergraduate dental training program Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Oral Histology is taught in the first year of BDS Course, while in the third year of BDS the students gain proficiency in diagnosing common oral and dental diseases through the curriculum of Oral Pathology and Microbiology.
The postgraduate training program will develop the highest level of microscopy diagnostic skills utilizing when appropriate, new technologies in immunohistochemistry and molecular studies. At the completion of Postgraduate program, it is expected that the student will have achieved high degree of proficiency in the subject matter and develop competence in research and its methodology. This will prepare the candidate for a career in teaching, research and specialty practice.
The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology provides external biopsy services, special staining techniques and IHC facilities for clinical and research purposes. The penta-head research microscope, fluorescent microscope, stereomicroscope, polarizer, and a cell culture laboratory are advanced facilities available in the department.