Indian Journal of Dental Research

GUEST EDITORIAL
Year
: 2007  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 147-

Oral and maxillofacial surgery in India


SM Balaji 
 Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery, Director and Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, 30, Kavignar Bharathidasan Road, Teynampet, Chennai - 600 018. Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
S M Balaji
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery, Director and Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, 30, Kavignar Bharathidasan Road, Teynampet, Chennai - 600 018. Tamil Nadu
India




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Balaji S M. Oral and maxillofacial surgery in India.Indian J Dent Res 2007;18:147-147


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Balaji S M. Oral and maxillofacial surgery in India. Indian J Dent Res [serial online] 2007 [cited 2020 Aug 7 ];18:147-147
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Full Text

The specialty branch of Dentistry - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in India is scaling great peaks, adopting latest trends and techniques in treating congenital and acquired deformities of the facio-maxillary structures. The vibrant act of our fraternity in surgery is not anew in the Indian history. The surgical expertise and dexterity of Indians dates back to sixth century B.C. the famous surgeon Sushrutha's, ingenious methods and techniques were adopted by surgeons of the modern world allover. Thus the deeper insights and surgical skills of Indians were always at par with or exceed their western counterparts.

Foreigners seeking medical help from India are on the rise since contemporary treatments are being provided cost-effectively with good quality and dedication by our fellow surgeons.

The other side of the coin is that research in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is still in its infancy in India. Every nation has its own health care necessities and ours is no exception. Thus the research performed in our country should address the health care needs of the nation and should be accessible to people of all strata.

Lack of proper documentation of diseases and their treatment modalities are another major issue we are yet to cope with. Careful documentation of diseases and treatment treatise made by various surgeons at different era has greatly helped us in learning and implementing their techniques even today. Thus careful and authentic documentation of diseases by the surgeons as well as students should be encouraged for future references.

We, as mentors of this specialty should train the students and emerging surgeons to search, research and document their clinical observations during the course of study and at practice. And it is indeed my obligation to the Government of India and other higher officials, to support Research and Development not only in maxillofacial field but also in other branches of dentistry.

The recent advancements in maxillofacial surgery in our nation are signs of good improvement but can lead the world only when accompanied by documentation and research.