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Prosthodontics is the dental specialty responsible for the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of patients with complex clinical conditions using biocompatible substitutes, including implants, to restore missing or deficient teeth and/or craniofacial tissues in esthetics and function. Prosthodontics training requires extensive and combined knowledge’s in oral anatomy, oral physiology, materials science, occlusion, esthetics, and head and neck oncology.
Prosthodontics can be divided into two major categories by its function and forms, which is fixed and removable Prosthodontics. Removable Prosthodontics can be further divided into partial and complete Prosthodontics. Prosthodontics also includes; maxillofacial Prosthodontics for facial defect, Geriatric dentistry to adapt aging society, implant dentistry, and esthetic dentistry whose needs are consistently growing.
Dept of Prosthodontics
Spread over an ample 18,226 sq.ft of floor space on the 2nd floor of Bapuji Dental College & Hospital, the department has well equipped Undergraduate and Postgraduate clinics and laboratory sections. Separate Dental Materials, Pre-clinical Prosthodontics and Phantom head laboratories, central casting and ceramic laboratory, each provided with central compressed air and gas facilities cater to the technical and pre-clinical /clinical learning needs of students enrolled in various academic years of the BDS course.
This section has 24 dental chairs, which are dedicated to undergraduate clinical teaching. In this clinical facility, students gain patient management skills and are taught the importance of disease prevention, in addition to undertaking oral health rehabilitation under careful supervision of experienced clinical teachers.
Post Graduate Clinic
It has adequate infrastructure and essential facilities of international standard to cater the need of post graduate students. Intake for the post graduation in this specialty will be six students per year. In this three-year Advanced Specialty Education Program in Prosthodontics, students will be trained in all phases of oral rehabilitative procedures including implant placement. Master's degree candidates will be required to complete an investigative research project that will satisfy the requirements of the Master's degree program. Upon completion of the 3 years didactic training, all students will be eligible to appear for Final examination conducted by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
Post graduate Prosthodontic program has a reputation that attracts candidates worldwide. The faculty is concerned with the education of those dentists who wish to advance their skills in Prosthodontics to the highest possible standards. Former graduates of this department have taken their place as leaders in dentistry both in India and abroad.
Seminars and continuing education activities that allow students to interact with world-renowned experts supplement the list of didactic courses. Academic experiences consist of seminars and case presentations conducted with other graduate programs and current literature reviews to keep students aware of the changing knowledge base in Prosthodontics.
The clinical portion of the graduate Prosthodontic program is based on the student's knowledge of the research literature and its influence on clinical decisions and spans the full range of Prosthodontics. Comprehensive dental care is administered in conjunction with other specialty disciplines, and students are extensively involved with all aspects of the rehabilitation.
This program is designed to train the post graduates in the rehabilitation of patients with congenital or acquired head and neck defects. Resultant disabilities may range from minor cosmetic discrepancies to major functional compromises. Students will be exposed to an area of patient care requiring greater management skills and greater patient sensitivity. Working relationships in the hospital environment and the team approach to rehabilitative services with the other medical specialties will be emphasized. Areas of patient treatment will include acquired defects of the mandible and maxilla, palatopharyngeal function, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and occluso-facial defects.