Prosthodontics Department

Department of Prosthodontics educates the predoctoral students to be competent in treatment and management of patients who require comprehensive diagnosis, treatment plan and sequence of treatment in general Prosthodontics therapy commonly found in general dental practices. The postgraduate program includes extensive clinical and laboratory phases of Prosthodontics training in the areas of fixed and removable partial dentures, complete dentures, maxillofacial prosthetics and implant Prosthodontics.

Apart from educating the students, the department provides care for patients who require comprehensive and advanced phases of Prosthodontics treatment. We strive to achieve excellence in treating the patient as a whole by Prosthodontics means and also train the students to make them future leaders of Prosthodontics.

The Department is located in the left wing of the building on the first floor with both postgraduate and under graduate clinics, post graduate lab, technician lab, computer room, faculty and post graduate student’s room, seminar room, polymer lab, gypsum lab, preclinical lab, C.C. lab and department stores. The department is well equipped with 53 dental chairs i.e. 21 dental chairs for under graduates, 9 dental chairs for interns, 23 chairs for post graduates and 6 dental chairs for implants and with all the laboratory equipments and materials including titanium casting machine.

We render free services to the people by giving treatment for military personnel, freedom fighter, senior citizens and physical handicapped patients and also in collaboration with IDA, our department conducts free denture programmes for poor and needy patients.

Dr. Harikesh Rao

Professor and Head

He has completed BDS in 1995 from Manipal College of Dental Sciences and MDS in 1998 from SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad. After completion of MDS from SDM Dharwad he worked for 4 years as faculty in Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore and Manipal college of Dental Sciences, Manipal.

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In 2003 he joined Jaipur Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan and he worked there for 18 years. In the year 2021 he joined SDM College of Dental Sciences, Dharwad. He teaches undergraduate students, guides postgraduates in research presentations and MDS dissertations. He has numerous publications to his credit in National and International journals. He is actively involved in photography and conducts courses for dental photography.



UG Curriculum

The undergraduate teaching program provide basic understanding of material science, clinical and laboratory experience and competent enough in treating the fixed and removable partial dentures and complete dentures. The education program is involved in following areas:

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Laboratory training

The dental graduates during training in the institutions should acquire adequate knowledge, necessary skills and such attitudes which are required for carrying out all the activities appropriate for diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.
The graduate should also understand the concept of community oral health education and be able to participate in the rural health care delivery programmes existing in the country.

The objectives are dealt under three headings namely
(a) Knowledge and understanding (b) skills and (c) attitudes

(a) Knowledge and understanding
The graduate should acquire the following during the period of training:

  1. Adequate knowledge of the scientific foundations on which Prosthodontics is based and good understanding of various relevant scientific methods, principles of biological functions and should be able to evaluate and analyze scientifically various established facts and data.
  2. Adequate knowledge of the development, structure and function of the teeth, mouth and jaws and associated tissues both in health and disease and their relationship and effect on general-state of health and also the bearing on physical and social well-being of the patient.
  3. Adequate knowledge of clinical disciplines and methods, which provide a coherent picture of anomalies, lesions and diseases of the teeth, mouth and jaws and preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of dentistry
  4. Adequate clinical experience required for general Prosthodontic practice.
  5. Adequate knowledge of biological function and behaviour of persons in health and sickness as well as the influence of the natural and social environment on the state of health so far as it affects dentistry.

(b) Skills
A graduate should be able to demonstrate the following skills necessary for practice ofA�A�A�A�A�A� general Prosthodontics:

  1. Able to diagnose and manage various common dental problems encountered in general Prosthodontic practice, keeping in mind the expectations and the right of the society to receive the best possible treatment available wherever possible.
  2. Acquire skill to prevent and manage complications if encountered while carrying out various Prosthodontic procedures.
  3. Possess skill to carry out required investigative procedures and ability to interpret laboratory findings.
  4. Promote oral health and help to prevent oral diseases wherever possible.
  5. Competent in control of pain and anxiety during Prosthodontic treatment.
  6. Make appropriate referrals when necessary

(c) Attitudes
A graduate should develop during the training period the following attitudes.

  1. Willing to apply current knowledge of Prosthodontics in the best interest of the patients and the community.
  2. Maintain a high standard of professional ethics and conduct and apply these in all aspects of professional life.
  3. Seek to improve awareness and provide possible solutions for clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or maxillofacial tissues throughout the community.
  4. Willingness to participate in the continuing education programmes to update knowledge and professional skills from time to time.
  5. To help and to participate in the implementation of national health programmes.

Postgraduate Curriculum

  • The teaching programme for post graduates includes thorough understanding of the traditional Prosthodontics principles and concepts and techniques with new technology and research conducted at the Department of Prosthodontics, SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad.
  • The program trains the students to successfully rehabilitate the patients dentition, part of tooth, teeth and craniofacial structures to restore back the patients confidence, function and health.
  • The latest technological developments in jaw movement, occlusal programming are coupled with the finest laboratory technology and art to design patient care for esthetics, function comfort and considerations of quality of life that are related to dentistry.
  • The postgraduate Prosthodontic programme is of three years in length and prepares students for a specialized clinical practice in the field of maxillofacial and oral rehabilitation, management of implant prosthodontic cases and participation in clinical discussion.
  • The students will have active participation in National specialty conferences in the form of scientific papers presentation, conduct table clinics and presentations of the scientific posters.
  • The post graduates are also trained to do a research work in form of dissertation as their part of partial fulfillment of post graduation degree.

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