Prosthodontics is the art and science of the design, fabrication and insertion of artificial substitutes to replace the lost or congenitally missing teeth and contagious oral and maxillofacial tissues. Extensive training provides students with a special understanding of the dynamics of occlusion, facial aesthetics and preservation of healthy oral environment. Prosthodontics has evolved and established into several specialisations, which cater to different conditions in the patient's oral environment. Removable complete denture and partial denture prosthodontics were the common modalities of rehabilitating completely and partially edentulous conditions. Advanced prosthodontics offers fixed solutions through crowns and bridges, wherein the support of remaining natural teeth are used to replace lost teeth. Implant prosthodontics goes a step further and replaces lost teeth using the support of implants which are directly placed into the bone. Implant-supported prosthesis offers sensible and prudent solutions to patients.
The scope of maxillofacial prosthetics ranges from rehabilitation of a cleft in a newborn baby to prosthetic reconstructive efforts to manage surgical defects that cannot be rectified using plastic surgery. Undergraduate training in Prosthodontics involves 900 hours of clinical, theoretical and laboratory sessions spread over a span of 4½ years. The Department has been meticulously planned and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. It consists of a wellappointed clinic, two clinical labs, two pre-clinical labs, a ceramic lab, a chrome cobalt lab, a dental technology lab and an implantology clinic - all in one floor, making it one of the biggest and best equipped Prosthodontic departments in the country.