The Department of Periodontics presented their Edify video on 12.9.2019 on the concept of innovative teaching. Game play activities like Decode, 3D activity (Describe, Depict, Discover), Perio connections and Odd man out were conducted. The Decode activity was carried out to reinforce the important abbreviations and terminologies in chapters like immunology. An abbreviated term and a related picture was displayed. The students were asked to expand the term with the help of the displayed picture. In the 3D activity, the students were divided into groups. One student from each group was asked to describe a term given and the other members had to guess the term. If they failed to do so, the student then had to draw or enact the term and the other members had to discover it. In the perio connections activity, a photo or two were displayed along with one or two letters from the answer. The students had to make up the answer with the help of the photos displayed. In the odd man out activity the students were divided into groups. Students of each group had to write some true statements about a particular topic and one false statement. The students from the other group had to spot the odd or the false statement and give the reason for it. On the whole, these activities helped the students to retain whatever is taught for a longer period, increased their curiosity to know and learn more about certain terms and enhanced the critical thinking skills of students.
Department of Implantology in association with the Straumann Company, organised a one day workshop on 27th August, 2019 on digital implant planning software ‘coDiagnostiX’. It was attended by a group of 50 enthusiastic students pursuing Masters in the field of Prosthodontics, Periodontology and Implantology along with a few clinicians. The session was very interactive and students got a hands-on with the software. The trainer, Achim Kettler who is the Global Market Manager Dental Wings Guided Surgery enlightened the students on various aspects of the software.
With CoDiagnostiX one can plan dental implant placements precisely and easily. It also helps one to design drill guides to perform implant surgery in a fast, precise, and safe manner with predictable results. CoDiagnosticX is distinguished by numerous measurements and planning functions, an implant database covering a well-known manufacturers, and precise analyzing capabilities. It is also CE marked and FDA approved. The program was a success and we hope to bring this software to use soon in our college.
Department of Prosthodontics and implantology organised ‘’DTX guided surgery and digital workflow training cum workshop ’’ on 8th and 9th august 2019 in collaboration with nobel clinician. Post graduate of Prosthodontics student and Fellow’s of implantology participated in the program.
It was an amazing two day session by Dr. KBS Kuckreja and Mr. Ramachandran on the first day of the workshop. Dr. KBS Kuckreja gave an insight of the entire digital workflow guided implant surgery followed by a hand‘s training. Mr. Ramachandran gave us a technical insight of the surgical template on the second day.
We learnt the importance of digital workflow for precise implant placement as well as the technical aspects of surgical guide . Digital workflow being the future of dentistry it was truly a great opportunity to learn.
The Australian Programme course was conducted in the month of August 2019. This continuing Programme provided a comprehensive review of dental implantology a hands on programme for 8 participants from various countries. All the participants received one to one mentorship with 12 implants placement in live patients. Extensive lecture casts for an hour followed by surgical implant placement was carried out in one week duration.
The Nanobiomedicine Lab, Aquatic Nanotoxicology Unit and Department of Research, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, SIMATS, Chennai had organised the 1st Workshop on Nanobiomedicine Preparation and Applications (Nanoz-2K19) on August 30th, 2019. Nanotechnology is an emerging field and having lot of applications in diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. Nanoparticles have wide range of applications in dentistry especially nanosilver, nanozinc, nanocopper and chitosan nanoparticles in antimicrobial activity against oral pathogens and anticancer activities, nanocarbon, nanosilica and dendrimers in bio-mineralization, gold nanoparticles in drug delivery systems, hydrogels, metal nanoparticles in periodontology, endodontics, orthodontics and bone filling products. Dr. D. J. Mukesh Kumar, Post-Doctoral fellow from Madras University delivered a Guest Lecture on “Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology”, followed by which Dr. Rajeshkumar gave a crisp Introduction & Description of Nanobiomedicine Lab. About 30 delegates from all over the state participated in the workshop. This workshop was structured in such a way that, the techniques of Nanoparticles preparation (Silver, zinc oxide, silica, zirconium, and copper oxide), Nanocomposites preparation, Characterization using UV-vis spectroscopy, Purification, Antimicrobial activity, Antioxidant activity, Anti-inflammatory activity, Brine shrimp lethality assay (Cytotoxic effect) and Zebra fish embryonic toxicology were illuminated. The 1st Workshop on Nanobiomedicine Preparation and Applications turned out be very interactive and informative.
The department of Aesthetic dentistry in association with European society of cosmetic dentistry and GC conducted a CDE programme on “Anterior Biomimetics” on 30th August 2019. Dr. S. Arun Suraj, Director Dr. Arun’s 32 Pearls dental centre, was the invited guest speaker for the programme. The lecture highlighted the importance of biomimetics in Aesthetic dentistry and also on the current trends on digital smile designing. There were around 60 participants who had attended the programme. A separate live demo and hands on session on anterior composite build up and polishing was conducted post lunch. This programme aided them to master their clinical skills in anterior composite restoration and was well appreciated by the participants.
The department of Public Health Dentistry showcased its 6th edition of Edify on Activity Based Learning on 22nd of August. Public health dentistry in its true sense mainly focuses on promoting community oral health through evidence-based practice and primary health care approach. Students as part of field activity were given first-hand experience as how a primary health center functions, which is the work horse of health care delivery in India. Further, they also learnt hands on training on one of the basic packages of oral care- Alternative Restorative Treatment. Lastly, the history of fluoride was made easy as students prepared a road map in reality to reinforce relevant dates and events. The audience awarded a cumulative score of 7.7 for our presentation. Worthy of mention, both workaholic and punctuality award were awarded to our head, Dr. Meignana Arumgham I. by our director Dr. Deepak Nallasamy and our Dean. Dr. Sheeja Varghese.
The Department of Periodontology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals celebrated Oral Hygiene Day on 1st August, 2019 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. G. B. Shankwalker, the doyen of Indian Periodontics by organizing dental camps at peripheral sites. We stressed the importance of oral health in the community by distributing oral hygiene awareness pamphlets and oral hygiene aid kits to the public. We motivated the patients on oral hygiene by displaying video demonstration on oral hygiene maintenance. As a part of Oral hygiene day, Oral B sponsored program on ‘Modern Day Oral Hygiene Aids” conducted in association with Indian Dental Association that week. Over 600 patients benefited from these series of activities conducted.
The department of oral and maxillofacial surgery showcased it 6th edition of Edify on the 1st of August.The theme of the edify was activity based learning. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a speciality in dentistry which requires extensive understanding of the anatomy and precise surgical skills to treat patients.Students find it difficult to understand certain treatment concepts as all they see in the textbooks are two-dimensional in presentation. We prepare study models which enable the students to learn the procedure by performing them on these models. We teach them concepts of cyst treatment which are multiple and require a certain level of understanding.Likewise, trans-alveolar extractions and fracture reduction and fixation procedures are also demonstrated on models for easy understanding. Dr.R.N.Balakrishna was also awarded the workaholic award by our Dr.Deepak Nallasamy, Director of Academics and our Dr.Sheeja Varghese, Dean, Saveetha Dental College.
Department of Microbiology observed the World Hepatitis day on 27th of July 2019 in the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital premises. World hepatitis day observed every year to create awareness about transmission, screening and control of viral hepatitis with a specific theme. The motto for World Hepatitis Day 2019 is “Invest in Eliminating Hepatitis”
A guest lecture was arranged by the department about Blood borne viruses with special reference to Hepatitis B virus. Dr.Pachamuthu Balakrishnan, Head, Division of Microbiology and Quality, Infectious Disease Laboratory, YRG Centre for AIDS Research and Education, Chennai was the guest speaker of the day. The speaker made a vibrant note on prevelance prevention measures and the novel governmental plans to stop TB spread in the community.
Department of Microbiology organized and conducted an International conference on Current Research and Developments in Microbiology – MICROSUMMIT 2019 on 3rd of August 2019 under the specialized themes on Antimicrobial drug resistance, Microbial genomics, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Food, soil, and Industrial Microbiology. Nearly 300 delegates from 25 reputed arts and science colleges and Govt. universities from South India, participated in the conference and presented their research works in 5 different scientific sessions. The Inauguration was presided by our Director of Academics, Dr.Deepak Nallasamy along with the speakers of the forum Dr.Meganathan Kannan, Visiting Professor at Hemostasis and thrombosis Research Laboratory, Loyola University Medical Centre, Chicago, USA and Dr.V.Aravindhan, Visiting Scientist at the AIDS International Training and Research Program, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA. Dr.R.V Geetha welcomed the dignitaries and delegates for the conference. The speakers and chairpersons of the scientific sessions were felicitated and the Best research works were awarded for the faculties, research scholars and post graduates by Dr.Deepak. Dr.A.S.Smiline Girija, organizing secretary, proposed the formal vote of thanks. The Inauguration was followed by the scientific lectures by the eminent speakers under the charge of Mr.N.P.Muralidharan. The speakers awarded the best research works for the undergraduate delegates. Team Micro is grateful for the support and encouragement rendered by the management of Saveetha as the forum was a grand success.
“SAVEETHA’S SURGICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL EXCELLENCE IN UNMASKING 526 TEETH FROM A SINGLE SITE IN A CHILD”
A little boy of 7 years old was brought to Saveetha Dental College and Hospital by his parents with a complaint of a swelling in the jaw. He had been taken to a nearby hospital, Chennai at the age of 3 since the parents noticed a small swelling at the right lower jaw, but he refused to co-operate for any investigative procedures as he was very young. Hence the swelling was left undiagnosed for 4 years. He was brought to our institution at the age of 7 years as the swelling was slowly increasing in size.
The parents were very apprehensive as they had thought it could be a cancer of the jaw. The initial work up by the surgeons revealed a large lesion with multiple hard structures at a single site within the lower jaw. During the surgery, the operating surgeon noticed a well-defined bag like mass which was removed in its entirety. The specimen weighed about 200gms.
The specimen was radiographed which revealed multiple tiny radiopaque structures. On further evaluation by the oral pathologists, and to their utmost surprise the bag revealed 526 tooth like structures. In the pathologists’ own words “it was reminiscent of pearls in an oyster”. It took 5 hours of meticulate searching to remove all the minute teeth from the opened bag like specimen. “This pandora box of miniature teeth is a jewel on our crown” said the postgraduates. The tooth sizes varied from 1mm to 15mm and each resembled a tooth with crown covered by enamel and a root like structure.
This is the first ever case to be documented world wide, where so many minute teeth were found in a single individual. This rare lesion is termed as “compound odontome”. The expertise and the competence of the team of oral surgeons and oral pathologists in Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals in dealing with such a rare case are to be applauded. The surgeons’ discretion in removing the lesion in total without exploring it on the operating table (akin to opening a bag of worms) avoided a major mishap and saved the patient from being under general anaesthesia for a longer duration and the attendant complications. Saveetha has always been the benchmark of excellence and abides by all health care schemes and is readily accessible to all strata of patients.
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A one day programme was organised by the department of Implantology on “ Guided bone Regeneration and Vertical ridge augmentation” in association with Staruman Biotis on 23rd July 2019.
The program started with two lectures given by Dr. Arunachalam and Dr. Tejas Kothari, who had briefly discussed the various who had briefly discussed the various grafting techniques and the bone graft materials to be used for successful soft and had tissue regeneration.
The lecture was followed by hands on session of goats mandible, where 35 participants had performed socket preservation, vertical ridge augmentation using Strauman Botis bone graft with Jason membrane and mucoderm.
The Programme has highly appreciated by the participants, through which they gained vivid knowledge on the current concepts of grafting procedures.
The budding researchers are facing difficulties in manuscript preparation and in succeeding in publishing their research findings. The main aim of the CDE program is to meet the current demand of our student researchers. The first lecture on Succeeding in publishing your research was delivered by Dr.T.N.Uma maheswari ,Professor,Dept of Oral Medicine and Radiology ,Saveetha Dental College,who shared her research experience and the methodical approach to fight against rejection of publication. The main focus of the lecture was from very beginning of manuscript-preparation such as selecting the proper research title based on research priorities in various Grant agencies and IMRAD pattern.
The second lecture on How to choose a journal for publication was delivered by Dr.Krithika Datta, Reader, Dept of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics. This lecture was informative regarding the various sources available for identification and evaluation of suitable relevant journal based on our research title. Workshop on Journal finder was useful for all the students to understand the various search engines available to get all possible journals and how to arrive at right choice of journal based on journal impact factor. There were around 30 delegates and majority were research scholars both national and International who at the end of the CDE AND HANDS ON WORKSHOP found that the programme was an answer for all their queries related to submission of research proposal and will help them to overcome the difficulties in Publishing their research.
Saveetha Dental College added another feather in their cap by launching their latest venture, ‘Saveetha Prime Multispeciality Dental Practice’. The practice was inaugurated by the Honourable District Collector of Thiruvallur Tmt. Mageswari Ravikumar IAS on 18th July,2019. The function was presided by the Founder Chancellor of Saveetha Institute of Medical And Technical Sciences Dr.N.M.Veeraiyan and many dignitaries graced the occasion with their presence. Dr Deepak Nallaswamy, Director of Academics, addressed the gathering and explained that Saveetha Prime was set up with a vision to serve as a model dental clinic for our students and elaborated on all the latest facilities that Prime has to offer. With serene calm interiors to dispel Dentophobia, state of art therapeutic and diagnostic facilities, and over 200+ senior consultants to treat patients, Saveetha Prime Multispeciality Dental Practice is all set to make heads turn and lives better.
The Department Of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Saveetha Dental College – Chennai conducted a 4 day (30 hour) credit course titled:
“Contemporary Concepts In Oral Medicine – Diagnosis, Management, Discovery and Beyond !!” from July 1st – 4th ,2019.
Dr. Nathaniel S. Treister, Chief of the Division of Oral Medicine and Dentistry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and current Vice President of the American Academy Of Oral Medicine ( AAOM). The course was coordinated by Dr. Arvind Muthukrishnan, Professor and Department Head of Oral Medicine at Saveetha Dental College.
The course was attended by 60 delegates from all over India. The audience included oral medicine postgraduates as well as several senior faculty members. The course covered all aspects of oral medicine from international oral medicine practice, mucosal disorders and management, oral oncology, research in oral medicine, and professionalism. This innovative micro teaching and small group discussion credit course which is first of its kind in India was well appreciated by all delegates who thoroughly benefited from the unique teaching modality, table top clinics and case scenarios, hands on training, and group projects. The course was also awarded 24 CDE points by DCI.
This course effectively highlighted the scope and importance of oral medicine practice amongst the postgraduates and oral medicine practitioners in India.
A MoU was signed between Saveetha Dental College and Oral Medicine Department Of Harvard School Of Dental Medicine ( HSDM ) for cooperation in research and exchange of scientific information.The events were reported in a leading Indian national news paper – The Indian Express
Saveetha institute of medical and technical sciences organised an exclusive workshop on Intellectual Property Rights on 5&6 July 2019.The workshop was graced by the vice chancellor, eight eminent scientists, high profile research consultants and innovators in various fields of medicine , management,science and engineering .154 delegates across Saveetha university attended the workshop.
The delegates were exposed to various legal norms involving patents and related innovation.They were highlighted on the various facilities provided by the government of India to encourage innovation and research. Various other initiatives for entrepreneurship were also discussed elaborately.
The workshop included several brain storming sessions on product development, follow up, and up gradation of the existing ideas and patents.
The scope for innovation in defence research and space research was also discussed profoundly by the chief guest Dr UK Singh who was the former director of DEBEL Defence bioengineering and electro medical laboratory and the current director of CAIR centre for artificial intelligence and robotics. The workshop also shed light on various placement opportunities for aspiring graduates in the field of invention and science.
Department of oral Medicine and Radiology presented our edify on 18/7/2019 on ACTIVITY BASED LEARNING. Our Students had done 4 activities namely Mosaic Tiles, DIY –XRAYS, Pearls of Wisdom, Connexions
Mosaic Tiles activity helped the students for easy understanding of Pulp and periapical Diseases. There were three coloured tiles red, grey, green representing clinical examination, radiographic findings and diagnosis respectively. It helped students remembered the pattern of the disease better
DIY-XRAYS (Do It Yourself) activity helped the students to learn the radiographic diagnosis depending on radiographic appearances. Students have to choose property based on the radiographic appearances and make characteristic radiographic pattern and give radiodiagnosis.
In Pearls of Wisdom activity, colored clay balls were used. Black-Neutrons, Red-Electrons, Blue-Protons were used for better understanding of concepts of atomic number, atomic mass number, Isotopes and atomic structure of an atom.
Connexions activity was based on the connections between oral manifestation of systemic diseases–Series of pictures of clinical features are shown, student has to identify the disease using these clues, helped the students to retain the characteristic clinical features of particular disease enabling them to diagnose disease in a better way.These activities helped the students to have a self directed Learning experience.
Dr. Jayanth Kumar V received the workaholic award. The edify was well received and they got an average score of 8.3.
Department of Pharmacology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, SIMATS, Chennai has organised an International Conference on Stem Cell and Cancer Therapy (ICSC-2K19) on July 5th 2019. Dr. Moorthy P. Ponnusamy, Associate Professor from University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, USA gave a talk on “Maintenance of stem cell and cancer stem cells” . He has emphasised that, Metastatic cancer cells generally cannot be eradicated using traditional surgical or chemoradiotherapeutic strategies, and disease recurrence is extremely common following treatment. On the other hand, therapies employing stem cells are showing increasing promise in the treatment of cancer. Stem cells can function as novel delivery platforms by homing to and targeting both primary and metastatic tumor foci. Dr. D. Ezhilarasan , Assisatant Professor from the Dept. of Pharmacology , Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, SIMATS, Chennai has delivered a talk on Mesanchymal Stem cells for Cancer therapy . Metastatic Breast Cancer and Novel Therapeutics was delivered by Dr. Murali Anbalagan, Assistant Professor from the Department of Structural & Cellular Biology, Director, Pre-clinical small animal Imaging Facility, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, USA. A total of 180 delegates have participated from various Institutions and 42 delegates , presented e-poster and four e-posters were awarded for best posters . The TN DCI has provided 3 credit points ( 265/19) for this international conference.
Salivary gland symposium was a speciality oriented conference. Faciomaxillary surgeons and Budding post graduates attended the program with great enthusiasm. The special Invitee for the program was Dr.Andrew Edwards,Dean ,Royal college of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is also the director of dental examination, responsible for conducting the prestigious MFDS and MOMSRCPSG degrees outride UK. The
participants had the opportunity to witness a live surgical Demonstration of a tumor removal in one of the salivary glands of the cheek.Both events were well appreciated by the participants.