Directorates / Oral Health

   

BACKGROUND
Oral Health was upgraded into a directorate status on 1st August, 2013. The directorate was previously under the Dental, Eye, Ear Nose and Throat (DEENT) directorate. The directorate currently provides undergraduate and post-graduate training in Restorative, Orthodontics and Oral Maxillofacial surgery.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Dr. Ampong Yaw Adu-Arko              -           Head of Directorate
Dr. James Appiah Amoateng             -           Lead Clinician

Dr. Ampong Yaw Adu-Arko
HEAD OF DIRECTORATE

Dr. (Pharm) Charles Anane                -           Ag. Pharmacy Manager
Ms. Rose Boakye                                -           Nurse Manager
Mr. Samuel Asare-Bediako                -           Business Manager
Mr. Richard Bremfi                            -           Accountant

UNITS AND SERVICES

  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Orthodontic & Paedodontic
  • Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Diagnosis and Community

 

KEY FUNCTIONS

Restorative Dentistry

The Restorative Dentistry unit provides the following services:

  • Diagnostic Services (examinations, X-rays)
  • Preventive Care (Cleaning)
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Restorations (filings)
  • Cosmetic treatment (tooth colored filings, veneers)
  • Crowns, bridges, implant restorations
  • Dentures
  • Endodontics (root canals)
  • Esthetic dentistry bonding services and tooth colored filings

 

Orthodontics & Paedodontic

This unit is also responsible for all orthodontic cases (made up of functional, removable and fixed appliances).

Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

The Oral and Maxillofacial surgery unit provides the following services:

  • Dentoalveolar Surgery
  • Oral Medicine
  • Orthognathic surgery/facial deformity
  • Trauma
  • Oral and facial cancers
  • Management of neck tumours
  • Salivary gland diseases
  • Facial pain
  • Temporo Mandibula Joint disorders
  • Cleft lip and palate deformities.

The unit also works in collaboration with other specialist including Orthodontists, Oncologists, Neurosurgeons, Plastic surgeons and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeons.

 

 

Oral Diagnosis and Community

The unit is sub-divided into two service units; Oral Diagnosis unit and Community Dentistry unit.

  • Oral Diagnosis Unit

This unit is the first point of call to the Oral Health Directorate. All cases are evaluated at the oral diagnosis unit and referred appropriately to the unit that provides the definitive care. The oral diagnosis unit provides the following services:

  • Evaluation of Oral problem
  • X-ray images (as needed)
  • Extraction of teeth
  • Treatment of trauma (mild to moderate not requiring hospitalization)
  • Start of root canal procedures
  • Urgent care clinic for people experiencing dental pain or swelling
  • Community Dentistry Unit

The community Dentistry unit provides dental care in community settings for patients. The unit works with a wider clinical team including other professionals complementary to dentistry and other health professionals.

 

HUMAN RESOURCE

The directorate currently has total staff strength of 84 comprising of:

Hon. Consultants                                                                                -           2
Senior Specialist                                                                                -           6
Specialist                                                                                            -           3
Residents (Hospital Staff)                                                                  -           4
Residents (Non-Hospital Staff)                                                         -           6
Medical Officers                                                                                -           8
Senior House Officers                                                                                    -           7
Nurses                                                                                                 -           25
Health Services Administrator                                                          -           1
Accountant                                                                                         -           1
Pharmacist                                                                                          -           1
Registered Dental Surgery Assistant                                                             -           6
Dental Surgery Assistants                                                                  -           1
Laboratory Technologists                                                                  -           3
Physician Assistants/Community Oral Health Officers                    -           3
Biostatisticians                                                                                   -           2
Health Care Assistants                                                                       -           4
Stenographer Secretary                                                                      -           1
Orderly                                                                                               -           1

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

  • Medical conditions in the Dental Clinic

 

  • Prevalence of Root Caries (Tooth surface loss/Chronic Adult Penodontitis) among patients at the Oral Health Directorate of KATH
  • Medically Compromised Patients attending dental clinics

 

  • Prolonged breastfeeding and dental carries in Ghanaian Children
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) among patients presenting with Head and Neck cancers at KATH

 

CONTACT ADDRESS & TELEPHONE

Telephone: 03220-30146
E-mail: OralHealth@kathhsp.org

 

CLINIC DAYS

Mondays – Saturdays (8am – 4pm)

Dental Emergencies (8am - 6pm)

Night Emergencies – (Hospital Emergency Unit)