Paediatric Dentistry is an age-defined speciality that provides primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health-care for infants and children through adolescence including those with special health-care needs. Early diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases helps to prevent the progression of the disease, minimize patient discomfort and the cost involved.
Dental caries is the most common dental disease. It can lead to discomfort, pain and/or disfigurement of dentofacial aesthetics. Accurate and early diagnosis of dental caries and timely intervention to arrest its progression is of paramount importance in Pediatric Dentistry. The bulk of the work in Pedodontics involves restoration of decayed teeth using various restorative materials like amalgam, composite, glass ionomer etc. Since prevention is always better than cure, emphasis is placed on treating dental caries at initial stages using pit & fissure sealants and also involves minimal invasive dentistry procedures
The department of Pediatric Dentistry is equipped with state of art dental chairs, a sedation/general anaesthesia room, parent counselling room and play area for children. Experienced and senior faculty members supervise and train students. The training programme in Paediatric Dentistry starts at the II year BDS level with preclinical exercises; followed by didactic and clinical training during III year, IV year and internship. Students are trained in behaviour management and rendering dental treatment for patients with special needs.