I would like to share briefly about my professional growth over the last 24 years post bachelorship, and 21 years after having completed my Masters program. In the last 2 decades the journey through Clinical Dentsitry has been marvellous, to allow me to put into practice what was preached, depending upon the available resources around me. I have tried hard to incorporate many aspects into my professional life, the last being mentored into basic implantology 6 years ago. Clinical Documentation allowed me to undertake clinically based research and its outcome.
I have been able to work mostly on:
The art of sharing and teaching others to follow in this profession was developed over the years - as I rose to the level of Professor and Head of Department. I have co - authored and contributed Chapters as well as Clinical Cases in different Dental Textbooks. Clinical photography and documentation allowed me to collect data on many clinical cases that came back for review over these years. In the times of social media today, some of our work may be reviewed on Facebook by simply searching our clinic name - 'Ahal Dental Clinic' or 'Ahal Dental Clinic, Jammu'
To strive to bring awareness among the masses about the benefits and cost effectiveness of preventive & interceptive dental treatment.
To provide good quality dental care to the masses.
To bring about awareness among the parents, regarding the importance of milk teeth, preventive and interceptive techniques so as to prevent the need for corrective orthodontic treatment later on.
Have been a contributory author to the Textbook of Pediatric Dentistry - Dr. S.G. Damle, 5th Edition of the same was released on 17th January, 2017.
Co-authored 2 Chapters titled - "Preventive Orthodontics" & "Interceptive Orthodontics" in a clinical textbook titled - Textbook of Orthodontics by Dr.Gurkeerat Singh, published by Jaypee Brothers, in 2004 towards entry level post graduation student as well as the final year graduation level. The chapters were further updated with more clinical aspects in the 2nd Edition of the same, published in 2007.
Published a clinical paper titled, "And now, Pedo-Aesthetics" in the Famdent journal: Vol.2, Issue 2, Oct. to Dec. 2001, Pages 43 to 45.
A scientific paper published in 2 parts, titled "Posterior Palatal Seal Part I & II" in the Journal of Indian Dental Association: Vol.65, July 1994, Pages 219 to 221 and Vol.65, August 1994, Pages 232 to 233 respectively.
Presented a Guest Lecture - "Anterior Fracture Restorations" at The Delhi Expodent 2017 at the 3M ESPE - S5 to S10 Stall, Hall 12A on 23rd December, 2017 at New Delhi Pragati Maidan.
Presented a Guest Lecture, "The Invisible Hand" at the 12th JK Science Congress on 2nd March, 2017, on the emerging trends and Innovations related to Clinical Dentistry, at the Jammu University, Jammu.
Conducted a Lecture and Table Demostration on Composites, titled "Compoaesthetics" at Meerut, Uttar Pradesh on 18th September, 2016, under Indian Dental Association, Meerut Branch in close collaboration with 3M ESPE.
Conducted a Full day Hands on and presentation titled,"Naap ka kaya Impression Padta Hai" on 5th June, 2016 at Patiala, dealing with intricacies of crown preparations and impession making, under the agiesis of Indian Dental Association, Patiala, Punjab in close collaboration with 3M ESPE.
Presented on "Aesthetics in Dentistry" for the Future Dental Professionals Program by Colgate at Institute of Dental Sciences, Sehora, Jammu on 7th August, 2015, under the agesis of Colgate and Indian Dental Association.
Presented a Scientific Paper titled,"Myo-functional CAD/CAM - Clinical Cases" at the 49th Punjab State & Regional Dental Conference, 5th-6th December, 2009 at Pathankot, Punjab and was awarded as the Best Scientific Paper award.
Presented a scientific paper titled, " Metal Based Glass Ceramics", at the Scientific Deliberations of the Annual Dental Conference, held at Jammu Tawi on 28th November, 2004.
Presented a scientific paper titled,"CAD/CAM Myofunctional Appliances - Revolutionisng Interception of Malocclusion", at the FDI Annual World Dental Congress, held at New Delhi from 10th to 13th September, 2004
Presented a scientific paper titled, "Metaless Ceramic Crowns- A Clinical Persepective" at the 6TH J & K State Dental Conference-International, held at Srinagar from 20th to 21st September, 2003.
Presented a scientific paper titled, "Intercepting Non-Nutritive Sucking Habits-Preventing Malocclusion" at the 5TH Congress of Asian Academy of Preventive Dentistry (AAPD) and the 24TH Conference of Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, held at P.G.I.M.E.R., Chandigarh from 14th to 16th November, 2002.
Presented another scientific paper titled, "Pediatric dentistry- Showing the Way" at the 7TH Annual Dental Conference of the Indian Dental Association, Jammu Branch, held on 30th December, 2001
Presented a paper titled, "Nursing Caries" at the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of XVIth Army Dental Corps, at Usman Officers Institute, Jammu, on May 10th, 1998, on being invited as a Guest Speaker as a part of their Silver Jubilee Celebrations.
Presented the research thesis titled, "Comparative Evaluation of Nd: YAG Laser Irradiation and Fluoride on Enamel Resistance against an Artificial Caries Attack System- An Vitro Study" at the 18th Asia Pacific Dental Congress and 50th Indian Dental Association, held at Bombay from 19th - 23rd January, 1996 with Dr. Shobha Tandon, M.D.S. as the co-author respectively.
Presented a paper titled, "Pre-pubertal Periodontitis; A case report" , at the XVIth Conference of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, held at Mysore, from 12th to 14th January, 1995, under the guidance of Dr. Shobha Tandon, Prof. & Head, Dept. of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Surgery, Manipal.
Presented a Paper, "Posterior Palatal Seal" at 21st Karnataka State and 2nd South Zone Dental Conference, Bangalore on 15th November 1992, with Dr. K. Bhargava, Prof. & Head, Dept. of Prosthodontia & Maxillofacial Prosthetics, College of Dental Surgery, Manipal as the co- author at Annual Indian Dental Association Conference, Bangalore.
Research Thesis: " Comparative Evaluation of Nd: YAG Laser Irradiation and Fluoride on Enamel Resistance against an Artificial Caries Attack System- An Vitro Study" with Dr. Shobha Tandon, M.D.S. and Dr. Nirmala N. Rao, M.D.S. as the Guide and Co-guide respectively.
Library Dissertation : Computer Applications in Dentistry.
Was invited as Key Opinion Leader to 3M ESPE in 2007.
Masters in Dental Surgery - Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Surgery, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal in 1996.
The subject deals exclusively in assessing the dental problems related to children and preventing, intercepting and correcting the same before they become unmanageable. This speciality also works towards avoiding braces for chidren, if therapy is initiated in time or in the event of delayed treatment minimizes the same or stabilizes the aberrant growth pattern. Trained to handle children, including special chidren.
Was enrolled as a Fellow of the Academy of General Education on 31st day of January, 1994.
Was awarded the Plaque Award by International College of Dentists, India Section, for Outstanding Achievements during the course of Dental Study at the College of Dental Surgery, Manipal, in 1993.
Bachelor of Dental Surgery : College of Dental Surgery, Manipal. Joined in 1988 and finished in 1993 (with 1 year rotating internship).
1. First B.D.S.: Class Standing- 9/108; First Class with Distinction.
Distinctions in the following subjects:
i. Human Physiology & Biochemistry.
ii. Dental Materials.
2. Second B.D.S.: Class Standing- 4/73; First Class with Distinction.
Distinctions in the following subjects:
i. General and Dental Pharmacology.
ii. General Pathology and Microbiology.
iii. Human Oral Anatomy and Histology.
iv. Pre-clinical Conservative Dentistry (FIRST POSITION).
3. Third B.D.S.: Class Standing -7/ 60; First Class with Distinction.
Distinctions in the following subjects:
i. General Medicine.
ii. General Surgery.
4. Fourth B.D.S. : Part I - Class Standing - 5 /60.
Distinction in the following subject:
i. Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry.
Part II - Class Standing - 4 /60.
Distinction in the following subject:
i. Community Dentistry- aggregated the highest in the University (But, no certificate).
Class Rank over the 4 years of Dental Study: 5th.
Aggregate over 4 years of Dental Study: 68.49 %.
5. Tertiary Education: - Maharaja Singh Agricollegiate School, Nagbani, Jammu Tawi.
6. Secondary Education: - St. Lawrence School, Sanawar, (Simla Hills).
7. Primary Education: - St. Mary's Presentation Convent School, Gandhinagar, Jammu Tawi.
I was staff at the Department of Pediatric & Preventive Dentistry, Institute of Dental Sciences, Sehora near Jammu since 2007 and Professor and Head upto February 2017.
I have been in State of the Art Clinical Practice at Jammu Tawi since 1997 and have pioneered the introduction of many clinical concepts into Jammu for the delivery of high level and precise dental care to the masses as well as Pediatric Dentistry.
I have also recently been using di-ode laser in clinical dentistry towards rendering dental care.
I have been a Key Opinion Leader to 3M ESPE since 2007 and was invited to attend Symposium at Seefield, Munich Germany in July 2015. I have been contributing clinically to them from time to time including holding Continuing Dental Education Programs and Hands on for the burgeoning clinicians.
I have served as a Senior Resident at the Dental Department, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, upto March, 1997. I underwent extensive training in treating Road Traffic Accident cases, Trauma cases and other surgical cases.
I have undergone extensive training during Masters in Dental Surgery, in treating special children under General Anaesthesia, apart of treating normal children using the latest techniques and dental materials as well as using preventive and interceptive techniques for irregular teeth.
I have worked clinically as Honorary Tutor at the Department of Periodontics, College of Dental Surgery, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, under Prof. B. R. R. Verma.
I have undertaken gingival surgeries and various other preventive techniques towards attaining normal, healthy gingival health.
Was invited to Chair a Scientific Session on Dental Photography at the Inidan Dental State Conference, Jammu University, Jammu on 17th December. 2017.
Attended a Key Opinion Leaders Meet at Goa form 7th to 8th August, 2017.
Participated in Lecture, " Smile Design - Esthetics with Composites " by Dr. Rattandeep Patil on 26th March, 2017 at Jammu.
Attended a preliminary C.D.E. Program on ," Full Mouth Rehabilitation - What, When, Why and How " by Dr. Moez Khekhani held at Ludhiana, Punjab on 7th and 8th May, 2017 and followed it by an extensive C.D.E, again at Ludhiana, Punjab on 25t, 26th and 27th February, 2017.
Attended a one day," A to Z Porcelain Veneers Workshop " by Dr. Deepil Mehta at Ludhiana, Punjab on 15th October, 2016.
Attended a one day course on - " Diode Laser Dentistry - Latest Advances in Laser Dentistry " followed by a Hands on- " Diode Lasers " by Dr. Vipul Srivastava, for Biolase, held by Indian Dental Association, Ludhiana, Punjab, on 6th December, 2015.
Attended an Accredited One Day Continuing Dental Education Program on, " Occlusion - Dr. Crown is feeling high " by Dr. Moez Khekhani held by Indian Dental Association, Ludhiana, Punjab on 22nd November, 2015.
Attended: Asia Pacific Key Opinion Leaders Scientific Symposium by invite at Seefeld, Munich, Germany from 6th to 10th July, 2015, held by 3M ESPE Health Care Academy. Was contributive to the different fields and aspects of dentistry discussed therein.
Attended: Full day workshop on, " Rotary Endodontics- Basics and Beyond " on 29th March, 2015, held at Jammu, organised by Abbott Healthcare.
Attended: Minimally Invasive Dentistry - Dr. Udatta Kher, conducted by Espertise Interactive Learning by 3M ESPE in association with Indian Association, Jammu on 31st March, 2013.
Undertook a Comprehensive Accredited & Certified One year course in Multi-Disciplinary Contempory Implant Dentistry, 160 Hours of Didatic and Surgical training course under Dr. Suvarne Nene, under the ageis of Dentsply (Germany).
Attended: Excellence in Composites - Dr. Pankaj Maheshwari, conducted by Espertise Interactive Learning, 3M ESPE in association with Indian Dental Association, Jammu on 23rd May, 2010.
Attended: Laminates the Pathway to Smile Design - Dr. Pankaj Maheshwari, conducted by Espertise Interactive Learning, 3M ESPE in association with Indian Dental Association, Jammu on 22nd & 23rd May, 2010.
Attended: Dr. Dan Fischer's Ultradent Seminar at the World Dental Show, Mumbai, on 9th December, 2009.
Attended: University of California, San Francisco Program on Oral Surgery - Dr. Anthony Pogrel, at World Dental Show, Mumbai from 8th to 11th October, 2009.
Attended: University of California, San Francisco Program on Restorative Dentistry - Dr. Daniel B. Mendoza, at World Dental Show, Mumbai from 8th to 11th October, 2009.
Attended: University of California, San Francisco Program on Endodontics - Dr. Kurt F. Schroeder, at World Dental Show, Mumbai from 8th to 11th October, 2009.
Attended: Cyclic Fatigue of Ni-Ti Instruments at World Dental Show, Mumbai, and 8th to 11th October, 2009 under Indian Dental Association's Accredited Continuing Dental Education Program.
Was the Chairman of the Scientific Session - IX at the 9th Inter-State and J & K State Dental Conference, Indian Dental Association from 1st to 2nd December, 2006.
Was the Chairman of the Scientific Session at the Annual Conference of the Indain Dental Association - Jammu Branch, held on 28th November, 2004.
Participated in the Continuing Medical \ Dental Education Workshop on Minor Oral Surgical Skills, Bone Plating and Dental Implantology, held at Jammu Tawi from 30th to 31st October, 2004.
Was also on Panel Discussions at the 5th Annual Dental Conference , Indian Dental Association - Jammu held on 26th December, 1999.
Was the Co - Chairman of Scientific Session-II of the 5th Annual Dental Conference, Indian Dental Association, Jammu on 26th December, 1999.
Participated in a Continuing Dental Education Programme on Glass Ionomer Cements at the XVIIth Conference of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry held at Mangalore, on 14th and 15th January 1996.
Participated in South Zone Regional Workshop on Dental Postgraduate Avenues, in March 1993, at Manipal, to highlight the need for upgradation in the course, facilities as well as the Consumer Protection Act and its implications for Dentistry.
Participated in hands on workshop on in, " Forensic Dentistry in Disaster Management " at Manipal, in 1990, under Dr. Robert Brown- a world renowned forensic odontologist.
Participated in the Punjab Dental Council's Accredited Continuing Dental Education Program, 49th Punjab State & Regional Dental Conference, held on 5th & 6th December, 2009 at Pathankot.
Participated and contributed to 3M ESPE Key Opinion Leader Symposium, held on 18th, 19th & 20th September, 2009 at Udaipur.
Attended the Famdent Convention at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on 24th & 26th July, 2009.
Participated in the 10th Annual Dental Conference, Indian Dental Association, Jammu on 18th Januray, 2009.
Participated and contributed to the 3M ESPE Key Opinion Leader Sympsium held at Mahabalipuram, 30th June to 1st July, 2007.
Participated in the 9th J & K State & Inter - State Dental conference at Jammu from 1st to 2nd December, 2006.
Participated in the Annual Dental Conference, held at Jammu Tawi on 28th November, 2004.
Participated in the FDI Annual World Dental Congress, held at New Delhi from 10th to 13th September, 2004.
Participated in the World Congress on Prosthodontics & 31ST Indian Prosthodontic Society Congress, held at New Delhi from 26th to 29th November, 2003.
Participated in the 6TH J & K State Dental Conference-International, held at Srinagar from 20th to 21st September, 2003.
Participated in the 5TH Congress of Asian Academy of Preventive Dentistry (AAPD) and the 24TH Conference of Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry (ISPPD), held at P.G.I.M.E.R., Chandigarh from 14th to 16th November, 2002.
Attended the 56TH Indian Dental Conference - National Level, as the Reception Committee Member, held at Bhubaneswar, Orissa from 18th to 23rd January, 2002.
Attended the 21ST Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, held at the Guru Nanak Dev University, held at Amritsar from 13th to 15th November, 1999.
Participated in the 5TH Annual Dental Conference, Indian Dental Association, Jammu Branch, held on 26th December, 1999 and Co-chaired the IInd Scientific Session as well as was a member of a Panel Discussion held during the same.
Participated in the 1st Pedodontics Manipal Alumni scientific meet held at Manipal, from 6th to 8th January, 1999, where further advancements in the field of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry were assessed.
Participated in the 53rd Indian Dental Association Conference at Bangalore, from 9th - 12th January, 1999.
Attended the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of XVIth Army Dental Corps, at Usman Officers Institute, Jammu, on May 10th, 1998.
Participated in the 52nd Indian Dental Association meet at Jaipur, in January 1998.
Attended the XVIth Conference of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, held at Mysore, from 12th to 14th January, 1995.
Attended the 21st Karnataka State and 2nd South Zone Dental Conference, Bangalore on 15th November 1992.
Have held several dental awareness meetings with the parents at various fora over these 20 years, including at:
J.K. Public School, Kunjwani, Jammu.
St. Presentation Convent School, Gandhinagar, Jammu - undertook a 3 year program.
Delhi Public School, Jammu.
Jodha Mal Public School, Jammu Bye Pass Road, Jammu.
Rishi Valley School, Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh State.
Playway School, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu.
Magic Years - Playway School, Jammu.
Tiny Tots School, Sainik Colony, Jammu.
Multiple Programs for Red Cross Society, Jammu at different community level and colleges.
Was the President, Indian Dental Association - Jammu for the year 2010. The Indian Dental Association - Jammu Branch was resurrected after many years and had the highest number of members ever. The association was also able to launch the first ever newsletter- another first in the annals of the association in the state.
Was the incharge of the Scientific Program of the Inter-State and J&K State Annual conference- which was also a huge success as it was for the first time that scientific papers of good value and knowledge were presented in 2006.
Life Member - Society for Oral Laser Application, since 2006.
Life Member - Indian Society of Pediatric & Preventive Dentistry, since 1999.
Life Member - Indian Dental Association, since 1997.