This unique branch innovates high-quality indigenous materials and supports undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students in various specialties of dentistry and medicine. We aim to develop world-class research facilities and activities for testing all dental and other biomaterials used for candidates from Yenepoya University and institutions in neighboring research fields.
The Science of Dental Materials is an applied basic science dealing with the materials' physical, chemical, and biological properties that affect tissue compatibility and general biological safety with manipulation and handling techniques.
The faculty includes a team of experienced and dedicated teachers with Ph.D. qualifications who arrange academic activities that are directed to obtain socially committed, professionally dedicated, technically and intellectually competent, research-oriented dental clinicians and technicians.
The department has a well-equipped laboratory(800 sq.ft ) and seminar hall (120 capacity), a mechanical testing laboratory with a Universal testing machine (UTM), and Surface Hardness Tester (VHN), Planetary Ball Milling Machine, Humidity Chamber, Muffle Furnace, Metallurgical Polishing Machine, Autoclave, etc.
Dept. has a unique dental materials museum Established in 1999 to provide dental education to our students and to showcase all the dental materials and dental equipment.
Generally, the undergraduate coursework spreads over two years, including theory and practical sessions with add-on projects culminating in a final university examination at the end of the second year. To meet contemporary education standards and facilitate knowledge at a professional level, the department acquires various teaching strategies such as lectures on multimedia, video demonstration, yengage online activities, tutorials, practicals, early clinical exposure, routine assessment tests, etc.
Students receive extensive early clinical exposure with various clinical departments to apply the application parts of different dental materials manipulated in pre-clinical classes.
Students are encouraged to participate in research activities such as ICMR STS projects and provide hands-on training in Mechanical testing equipment such as Universal Testing Machine (UTM) and Surface Hardness Tester (VHN). We also support and assist postgraduate students, Ph.D. Candidate of our and other universities in Research Projects.
Conducting hands-on workshops related to properties related materials used in dentistry. The subject provides an insight into dental materials used in clinical dentistry and covers the underlying principles of their functional properties, bioactivity, and biocompatibility. We regularly work to understand and evaluate the claims of dental material manufacturers' data for products that satisfy our clinical needs.
|Thrust areas of Research||Description (in words) (Describe the local and regional needs that led to the thrust areas of research)|
|Dental Biomaterials||Detailed research in this area helps to understand the material properties before the clinical applications|
|Polymers||Widely used materials in dentistry further modification required to improve its thermal and mechanical properties|
|Antimicrobial monomers||These agents exhibits long- lasting broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity and considered as one of the most suitable antimicrobial agents to combat various dental infections such as denture stomatitis, dental caries and periodontal diseases etc.|
|Metallurgy||Recycling of metals and alloys are important areas to save the natural resources and rare earth metals|
|Mechanical - strength and Hardness testing||Through knowledge about the mechanical properties of various dental materials helps to understand and select the best suitable materials for various clinical situations|
B. H. Sripathi Rao , V. Shama Bhat , B. T. Nandish, K. Jayaprakash, Sowmya Rao. Museums of Materials Used in Dentistry: Our Experience and Literature Review. Arch Med Health Sci . 2016;4:267-70.
Common instruments and equipment used in dentistry are also a part of the collection here