Journal of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology

: 2022  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-

Scope of oral medicine and radiology speciality in dentistry: Indian prespective

Prashanth Shenoy, Laxmikanth Chatra 
 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Yenepoya Dental College, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India

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Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Yenepoya Dental College, Mangaluru, Karnataka

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Shenoy P, Chatra L. Scope of oral medicine and radiology speciality in dentistry: Indian prespective.J Indian Acad Oral Med Radiol 2022;34:2-2

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At the outset, let us congratulate the new team of the editorial board and the editor in chief Dr. Avinash Tejasvi. M.L. We are sure they won't leave any stone unturned to carry forward the glory of this journal.

Oral Medicine and Radiology, a discipline of dentistry is primarily concerned with the diagnosis and medical management of oral and maxillofacial diseases. The branch bridges traditional areas of health, between medicine and dentistry. Oral Medicine specialists play a prominent role in managing medically compromised patients and alleviating their sufferings.

Our specialty is bifurcated into two major divisions as medicine and radiology. Over the years, maxillofacial radiology has seen a boom in the country with the advent of new technologies, particularly cone beam computed tomography. But at the same time, the misuse of this machine for commercial purposes, particularly by untrained non radiologists is a matter of concern. IAOMR must take steps to impress upon the regulatory bodies and the government to streamline this issue.

The enormity of Oral Medicine and Radiology calls for advanced trainings in the field of radiology, probably as a fellowship program after the completion of MDS in that specialty. The OMR postgraduates must also get advanced training in maxillofacial MRI, ultrasound usage, and interpretation. With developments in various scientific and technological fields, our branch has now got deep insights in various specialized categories such as in orofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders, sleep medicine, diagnostic radiology, forensic odontology, maxillofacial oncology, etc., with a primary goal of providing a better quality of treatment to patients.

The scope of forensic dentistry/forensic odontology, which forms a part of our specialty, is growing at a tremendous rate. Its role and importance in the criminal justice system of the country has seen a ten-fold increase; hence, in-depth knowledge in this subspecialty has become highly essential. It is heartening to see a large number of young OMR specialists showing interest in this field and doing noticeable work.

The field of orofacial pain has even been recognized as the newest dental specialty in certain parts of the world, as it involves understanding of a very complex and wide aspects of pain physiology and management. Also in sleep medicine, which involves a multi-disciplinary team, the role of an oral diagnostician is very crucial for primary diagnosis. These two upcoming fields require much more attention in the country, and our academy shall take cognizance of the state of affairs and help in providing more training facilities for the young postgraduates of our specialty. We can partner with the accredited university and institutions in this direction.

The pandemic has devastated the whole working pattern of individuals, but at the same time opened up new modes of learning. It has given us a room to think and evolve new strategies in training. The methods of teaching, learning, research, and communication shall adapt new technologies and metamorphosis itself. Let us employ these technologies to our advantage and create an eco-system wherein gaining knowledge and sharing is simplified.

Patient care should become the primary focus of the academic activities with the concept of adapting a slogan of “PRIMUM NON NOCERE” (first do no harm). The future activities of IAOMR should revolve around this slogan and redesign its action plan accordingly.

We wish all our readers a prosperous and consequential year ahead.

Jai Hind.