Manipal: Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Mr Prakash Javadekar will inaugurate two facilities at Manipal College of Dental Sciences during his visit to Manipal University on January 8, 2017. One of them is a Centre for Full Mouth Implant Rehabilitation with Dental Implants and the other is a Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT).
“Both these facilities created by MCODS is in keeping with its commitment to the people of the state and nation to provide high quality health care at affordable price,” said Dean MCODS, Dr Nirmala N Rao at a press briefing here on Friday. She added that both were state-of-the-art equipment. She also said that the institute was ranked number one in the country by several agencies.
The Minister who will address a gathering at Fortune Inn Valley View at 11 am will inaugurate the dental college facilities at 12 noon. Also, present on the occasion will be, Dr Ranjan R Pai, MD and CEO of Manipal Education and Medical Group, Dr H.S.Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Manipal University Dr H Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, Manipal University and Dr Narayana Sabhahit, Registrar, Manipal University and others.
“The Centre for full mouth implant rehabilitation will be first of its kindin the country being integrated with a premier dental institute. Itwill offer rehabilitative care to patients, who have lost all or most of their teeth, with implant supported prosthesis,” saidDr Aparna Raghu, Associate Dean who will head the Centre.She will be supported by Dr. Subraya Bhat, Associate Dean, MCODS, Manipal and Dr.Dhanasekar Balakrishnan, HoD, Prosthodontics, MCODS, Manipal.
“As treatment, the centre will provide permanent fixed solutions to dental patients to overcome hassles of removable dentures, which, many a time hinders a patient’s speech and eating habits. The concept of full mouth dental rehabilitation with dental implants and fixed dental prosthesis augurs well for dental tourism also,” Dr Aparna said.This dental treatment is alsoa cost effective option for the needy patients in India and abroad.
The Minister will also inaugurate the Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) facility which is first of its kind in Udupi district and caters to the maxillofacial imaging needs of Udupi district and the neighboring districts of Shimoga, Uttara Kannada and Chikmagalur. “CBCT is an advanced imaging modality for 3 dimensional image reconstructions and sectional imaging exclusively for head, neck and jaw pathologies. It has revolutionized the field of dentistry and maxillofacial imaging by providing high resolution images of bones and teeth comparable to CT scan,” explained Dr Keertilata M Pai, Additional Dean.
“It has 6-10 times lesser radiation exposure and comes with a lesser cost. The CBCT machine is a variant of the traditional computed tomography machine. It captures data using a cone-shaped x-ray beam and the images provide three-dimensional information, rather than the two-dimensional information provided by conventional X-ray image,” she added.
CBCT imaging will immensely facilitate diagnosis and treatment planning in the fields of dentistry and Medicine. Clinical applications of CBCT in dentistry include dental implant planning, evaluation of dental and jaw abnormalities and maxillofacial trauma, cleft palate assessment, Orthodontic and endodontic diagnosis. Cone-beam imaging is also very promising in ear and sinus pathology exploration and evaluation of sleep apnea. Its low sensitivity to metallic artifacts makes it the technique of choice in the follow-up of cochlear implants.