Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology

  • Department of oral pathology is involved in training the undergraduates in Dental Anatomy and Oral Histology, Oral Biology,Oral Physiology and Oral Pathology. The department was established in 2002 with the aim of UG & PG teaching and more importantly the diagnosis of specimens received from Department of Oral Surgery and various sources (clinics & hospitals) as part of treatment or investigation.
  • The Post graduate Course in this speciality has commenced from 2007.
  • Apart from teaching, the department is engaged in reporting ever since the beginning and is equipped with the state of the art equipment for this purpose.
  • The department has an elaborate protocol for research activities in various fields for which the department is equipped with a Decahead research microscope along with an attached digital camera for photomicrograhic evaluation.
  • Along with this microscopic attachments such as fluorescent and polarised microscopyand an image analysis software (Magnus Pro) are frequently used in dissertational studies.
  • Along with this the department also has stereomicroscope which is frequently employed for the routine diagnostic and research activities.
  • Besides, the department has separate sections for performing special stains, immunohistochemistry and microbiological analysis.


  • The department has maintained the museum with variety of specimens including soft and hard tissues ranging from odontogenic cysts, odontogenic tumors to head and neck resections. The museum also displays numerous specimens of developmental anomalies including extracted teeth and casts. Besides this there is also display of models and charts for teaching and learning activity in the department.

Scientific programmes

  • Indian Dental Student Conference held on 15th & 16th March, 2016
  • 26th PFA Convocation & Award Ceremony held at I.T.S CDSR on 15th December,2012
  • Xth National Conference IAFO held on 7th to 9th Spetember, 2012

Undergraduate Programme

  • The department is involved in teaching Undergraduate students of I BDS, II BDS & III BDS in the subjects of Oral Anatomy & Histology and Oral Pathology & Microbiology respectively.
  • In Oral Pathology, about 110hrs of theory are taken annually covering all the basic aspects and 176 hrs of practical classes are taken annually wherein students are trained to identify the pathology slides, casts and specimens of Oral diseases.
  • Students are also trained using case presentations and pictorial representation of oral diseases.
  • Students also participate in discussions and present seminars.
  • In Oral Anatomy & Histology, about 144hrs of theory are taken annually covering all the basic aspects and 396hrs of practicals are dealt with respect to the normal histology slides related to tooth development and various other Oro-facial structures, identification of normal morphology and different dentitions of human teeth with the help of casts and specimens.
  • Students also perform carving of all permanent teeth and make longitudinal and transverse ground sections of teeth.

Postgraduate curriculum

  • The department is dedicated to deliver information and facts par excellence to its postgraduates through training programme including self learning and interactive teaching methods.
  • The following are objectives of postgraduate training in Oral Pathology.
  • To train a graduate dental surgeon so as to ensure higher competence in both general and special pathology dealing with the nature of oral diseases, their causes, processes and effects by conducting lectures for undergraduates.
  • An oral pathologist has to perform routine histopathological evaluation of specimens relating to oral and perioral tissues, to carry out routine diagnostic procedures including hematological, cytological, microbiological and immunological investigations.
  • They should be capable of advising the attendant clinicians regarding the clinico-pathologic aspects of the disease, special investigations .
  • They should be well versed in collecting data for various studies purposes.
  • They should have an understanding of current research methodology, collection and interpretation of data, ability to carry out research projects on clinical and or epidemiological aspects, a working knowledge on current databases, automated data retrieval systems, referencing and skill in writing scientific papers and have evidence based collection of data for every topic.
  • They should present scientific data pertaining to the field, in conferences both as poster and paper presentations