Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

About Us

  • The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at SRM Kattankulathur Dental College & Hospital was established in 2007.
  • The department has well-designed chambers allotted for clinical examination, a student's laboratory, and a museum with numerous mounted specimens, models, and posters.
  • Oral and maxillofacial pathology is concerned with the diagnosis and study of causes and effects of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial region.
  • This department is concerned with the final diagnosis of a condition along with investigations. It deals with the biopsy of tissues, which is done with the help of needles, reagents, etc., and is monitored using a microscope.
  • The main feature is the arrival of diagnosis with evidence based on biopsy and cytology.
  • The subject of oral and maxillofacial pathology is introduced in the 3rd year of the undergraduate program where the students are taught about various diseases that affect the oral cavity and their management.
  • This specialty of dentistry includes dental anatomy, histology, embryology & pathology. Dental anatomy and histology form the foundation for a better understanding of clinical dentistry in the first year and Oral Pathology teaches third-year students to identify various pathologic conditions clinically as well as on histopathologic examination.


  • To set the standards of excellence in academics, high-quality scientific research, and patient services


  • To Promote Academic Excellence, creating an environment for creative and lateral thinking for the students
  • To inculcate self-discipline, and convert a novice student into a competent professional with excellent theoretical knowledge regarding Head and neck diseases and supreme practical/clinical skills
  • To motivate interest among students in doing short projects, interdepartmental research activities, and social service
  • Centre of excellence in offering patient care at affordable costs



  • The department has a well-equipped histopathology lab for tissue processing with special stains to facilitate precise and accurate diagnosis for an appropriate treatment plan.
  • The department has also established a full-fledged hematologic laboratory where blood investigations for patients can be done.


  • The department is collaborating with the Department of Occupational Therapy to assess the oral hygiene status of patients as well as to assess the dental awareness of parents.
  • The department has collaboration with the Department of Oral Medicine where students examine patients for lesions and record cytological smears when required.


  • Equipment like fluorescent, polarizing, stereomicroscopes, research microscopes with photographic attachments, semiautomatic microtome, and cooling centrifuge.


  • The department also provides reports to the cytopathological, hematological, and microbiological specimens
  • Students posted in the department are trained in the collection, fixation, Processing, smear preparation, staining methods, and mounting procedures