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Overview

Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge is also known as prosthetic dentistry or dental prosthetics, is one of the nine dental specialties pertaining to the 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 oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible artificial substitutes. It includes the specialty of implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. Restoration of patient’s oral function and rebuilding of patient’s smile is done through the use of dental implants, bridgework, dentures, and crowns.
This department was started in 2003-04 along with the inception of the Dental College. Since then, it has evolved over the years, one of the landmarks being the introduction of the post graduate course in 2011. Currently, the department has the following facilities:

  • 31 fully equipped, programmable¬† dental chairs i.e. 20 chairs for under graduates, 9 chairs for post graduates and 2 chairs for implant prosthodontics.
  • A separate implant clinic to cater to patients needing Implant Prosthodontics.
  • Two preclinical prosthodontic laboratories, one each for undergraduates (which caters to the need of 60 students) and postgraduates (fitted with 3 phantom head units for preclinical training).
  • A well equipped departmental lab with separate casting lab, ceramic lab and individual work stations for post graduates and technicians. The laboratory is equipped with state of the art equipments like Vita ceramic furnace, induction casting machine, milling machine to name a few. The laboratory facilitates the fabrication of a variety of dental prostheses of high quality to serve the patients.
  • The department also houses a reception, a departmental library, a seminar room, faculty and post graduate student's rooms, store room & sterilization section.
  • Computer with broadband internet connection and printer are available for use of faculty and students.

The treatments carried out in the Department include Prosthodontic rehabilitation with Complete Dentures, Removable Partial Dentures, various types of fixed Prostheses (crown and bridge), implant retained/ supported prostheses etc. In addition, the Department addresses the rehabilitative needs of patients with acquired/congenital maxillofacial defects though various intra-oral and extra-oral Maxillofacial Prostheses. The Department also is providing other specialized prosthodontic services like overdentures, full mouth rehabilitation, TMJ splints etc.
The treatment carried out by undergraduate and postgraduate students (removable prostheses) is provided free of cost.

Services to military personnel, freedom fighters, senior citizens, physically handicapped and BPL patients are offered at very nominal rates.
Vision of the department for the next 5 yrs:

  • The department plans to actively co-ordinate with major hospitals in Jaipur to provide Maxillofacial Prosthodontic care to patients who undergo Oncosurgery of the maxillofacial structures. In the years to come the Department hopes to become a major centre for referral in this field of Prosthodontics for the city and the neighboring districts.
  • The department will aim to provide state of the art implant prosthodontic treatment at affordable cost to the patients.
  • The department is currently engaged in research activities and would further increase its contribution to scientific literature in the future.
  • The department also envisions introduction of newer technologies in dental ceramics and casting technology in the near future.

Teaching Module:
The department offers comprehensive training for undergraduate students, which starts from the first year and continues till the final year along with one year of rotational internship. The students are trained to treat completely edentulous and partially edentulous patients with removable prosthesis. 

The undergraduate course includes theory lectures and clinical training of 4 years under the supervision of efficient teaching staff. Pre-clinical practical training includes complete denture and partial denture construction on stone models. This is then followed by treatment procedures carried out on actual patients under the able guidance of the teachers.
The department also offers a postgraduate training programme of three years, which is approved by the Dental Council of India. The postgraduate programme is designed to prepare students for a career in teaching and research and also for advanced training in the rehabilitation of completely edentulous, partially edentulous patients and patient requiring maxillofacial prosthesis. Along with this, the academic schedule is designed to include seminars, journal club presentations, case presentations and a library dissertation. The students are required to actively involve in research and submit a dissertation in partial fulfillment of the university requirements. The students also participate actively in national and international specialty conferences by presenting scientific papers, table clinics and scientific posters.
The department also conducts Continuing Dental Education Programmes, playing host to reputed national speakers, keeping its students and staff up-to-date with the latest developments in Prosthodontics and Dentistry.
One of the CDE programme conducted was “Implant dentistry” by Dr. N. Sridhar Shetty in November, 2008.

Research & Publications

Dr. Narendra Padiyar U
Research work:
In-Vitro evaluation of the physical and mechanical properties of permanent soft liners.
Publications:

  • "Colour stability : an important physical property of esthetic restorative materials" International Journal of Clinical Dental Science, November, 2010, 1(1) Pg.- 81-84.
  • Nickel allergy- is it cause of concern in everyday dental practice? - International Journal of Contemporary Dentistry, January, 2011, 2(1) Pg. - 80-83.

 

  • Evidence based dentistry: why & how? - J. Int. Oral health, February 2011, vol- 3, issue- 1, pg. 1-6.
  • Implant consideration in children and adolescent patients- Indian Journal Of Public Health Research & Development - 2011, 2(1) pg 60-62.

 

Dr. Pragati Kaurani.
Research work:
An In- vitro spectrophotometric analysis of colour stability of provisional restorative materials in Indian food colourants

Publications:

  • Salvage Periodontally Compromised Teeth Thropugh Bicuspidization. International Journal of research in Dentistry.Vol.1 Issue 2 Nov.-Dec. 2011.
  • Awareness of Dental Implants as a treatment modality amongst people residing in Jaipur (Rajasthan). Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2010 December:(4) 3622-3626.

 

  • "Colour Stability : An Important Physical Property Of Esthetic Restorative Materials" International Journal of Clinial Dental Science, November, 2010, 1(1) Pg.- 81-84.

 

 

Dr.Anuj Malhotra
Publications:

  • Replacing  a missing tooth in the esthetic zone with an implant supported CAD/CAM restoration- A case report. Famdent 2009 (Implant Special Issue):
  • Restoring a combined orbital-palatal defect with an orbital prosthesis post exenteration- A case report, Genesis Journal Aug 2010.
  • Esthetic rehabilitation with pink and white esthetics using porcelain laminates in a fluorosis case. Esthetic Expressions (Journal of IAACD) Dec 2011.

Dr. Vishnu Kumar Soni
Research work:
A comparative evaluation of effect of thermocycling on fracture toughness and hardness of four different core build-up materials.
Publications:

  • Advances in surface modification of Dental Implants from micron to monotopography. Int. Journal of Research in Dentistry, Sept.-Oct. 2011, 1(1) Pg. 1-10.
  • Gag Reflex and Its Prevention- I. Dentistry The Journal- Vol.7 No. 1 January-March 2011.

 

Dr. Kusha C G
Research work:
A comparative study of fracture resistance of endodontically treated teeth restored with three different post-cores and crowns, luted with two different luting agents.