The Division of Oral Medicine came into existence as a division of the Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontology in 1985 at the time the Faculty of Dental Sciences was established. The Division moved to spacious facilities when the new Faculty of Dental Sciences buildings were commissioned in June 1998. The Division consists of the Oral Medicine clinic and the Oral Medicine Laboratory. The Division is closely linked to the Division of Radiology and students' clerkship in oral medicine includes learning of radiology. The Division of Radiology now functions as a semi-independent division. The principal functions of the division are undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of oral medicine, diagnosis and treatment of orofacial medical conditions and research.
Mission of the Division
The mission of the Division of Oral Medicine and Dental Radiology is to contribute to the Faculty of Dental Sciences becoming a centre of excellence in education, research and clinical care in all dental disciplines, but particularly in oral medicine thereby producing dental surgeons with excellent knowledge and skills in oral medicine and ethical and compassionate attitudes.
Scope of Oral Medicine
The discipline of oral medicine is concerned with the diagnosis of orofacial diseases and their management by the use of pharmacological, and other non-surgical methods. As it also incorporates the methodology of diagnosis of orofacial diseases in general, the discipline of diagnostic (dental) radiology is linked to it.
- Oral precancer epidemiology and management
- Diagnosis and management of Temporomandibular disorders
- Diagnosis and management of Orofacial pain
- Salivary gland diseases in children and adults
- Mucocutaneous diseases involving the mouth
- Oral candidosis- Mycology and therapeutic measures
- Cancer prevention
- Consultant service in diagnosis and treatment for patients with orofacial medical conditions. Treatment may include drug therapy, cryotherapy, laser therapy etc and sometimes in- patient care.
- Haematological and limited biochemical investigations to aid diagnosis and management of patients attending the dental hospital
Patents and Inventions
Sri Lanka Patent No: 13245 for the Discovery of Anti-fungal activity of catechins and theaflavins (Black tea components) against Candida albicans, candida parapsilosis, Candida tropicalis, Candida krusei and Candida glabrata. A M T Amarakoon, U R N Udagama , G J Panagoda, M A Mohamed Sitheeque, L P Samaranayake