The Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore was formed in the year 1986 with a vision to provide the best of patient care, student mentoring and research. Over the last three decades the department has grown by leaps and bounds including its infrastructure, research facilities and faculty development. Oral Medicine and Radiology is taught both in third and final year of BDS and the curriculum aims to provide both theoretical and clinical knowledge to the students through lectures classes and clinical postings. We also practice innovative teaching methods such as problem based learning, small group discussions, etc. They are exposed to the latest diagnostic and patient management tools. The post-graduation program commenced in the year 2011. We were the first among dental colleges in India to obtain the state of the art Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) machine with fully configured software (Romexis, Ortho studio, Low dose mode, and Endo mode). The Department was awarded the Guident Award for Best Oral Medicine and Radiology Department in the year 2016. The faculty of the department are actively involved in collaborative research work, innovative teaching learning practices and have authored chapters and textbooks.


Key features

  • Medical Management of Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular disorders.
  • Certificate Course in Cone Beam Computed Tomography held biannually.
  • Maxillofacial imaging in Forensic Odontology.

Core competencies:

  • Medical Management of patients with orofacial diseases.
  • Management of Oral Manifestations of systemic diseases. 
  • Medical management of oral cancer, pre-cancerous lesions and tobacco related disorders.
  • Tobacco Cessation counselling.
  • Two dimensional and three dimensional imaging of the head and neck region.
  • Interprofessional Education, Practice and Care.

Research Collaborations

  • School of Dentistry and Oral Heath, Griffith University, Australia.
  • Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University.
  • MAHE-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
  • Centre for Forensic Odontology, MCODS, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
  • KMC, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
  • Manipal Centre for Life Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
  • Department of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
  • Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
  • Yenpoya Dental College, Yenepoya University.
  • K.V.G. Dental College, Sullia.



Lab Equipments

Cone Beam Computed Tomography State of the art three dimensional head and neck imaging

Short wave diathermy for management of  chronic orofacial pain and TMD

TENS therapy for treatment of chronic orofacial pain


Intraoral Imaging ( Analog and Digital)

Therapeutic Ultrasound for management of chronic orofacial pain and TMD

Extraoral Imaging  

Research & Publications

The crucial research areas are Oral cancer and precancancerous lesions, Facial pain, TMJ disorders, Chronic oromucosal lesions and Maxillofacial imaging.