(formerly known as Prosthodontics)


Department of Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge, expertise in restoring and maintaining oral function by replacing missing teeth and other encompassing oral structures by designing and assembling life like prosthesis, thereby rehabilitating the lost function, comfort, appearance and wellbeing of the patient. Additionally replacement of lost maxillofacial structures is carried out in patients who are victims of trauma or suffer from congenital defects, which in turn helps them to refine their social and mental wellbeing. All the treatment procedures are coordinated by the team of experts, who provide personal care for all prosthetic needs.

Thrust areas of research in The Department of Prosthodontics ;

  • Oral Microbiology
  • Herbal Dentistry
  • Dental Materials Science
  • Implant prosthodontics
  • Digital Dentistry and3D Printing
  • Maxillofacial Prosthodontics


Department of Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge, has been one of the premier and pioneer establishments in the country. The Department of Prosthodontics is known for grooming and nurturing many budding prosthodontists since its inauguration in August 1985. The Post-graduation course was put into motion from the year of 1991. From the academic year of 1996-97 the division began working under Rajiv Gandhi University. In the year 2006 department obtained deemed status with 6 postgraduate seats in one academic year. The Department has also initiated a certificate course in “Oral And Maxillofacial Implantology”. The department is committed towards accomplishing its milestones with exceptionally proficient and skilled faculty staff. A well-established preclinical skill Lab, Chrome-Cobalt Lab, Ceramic Lab, Gypsum and Polymer Lab and dedicated under graduate and Post graduate clinics to cater students and patient requirements. Astate of art Dental mechanic Lab to train the dental mechanic students. Apart from providing specialized patient care, equal emphasis given to innovative teaching methodologies and research.


The department offers education program in prosthetic dentistry consisting of crown, bridge and implantology to obtain knowledge,
understanding and skill in each theoretical and clinical divisions of the subject. The undergraduate training programconsists
consists of two phases which includes Pre-clinical Prosthodontics for the first and second year  and Clinical Prosthodontics for
the third and fourth year of the BDS course, thereby amplifying their capacity and training them toevaluate, diagnose, and make
appropriate decisions concerning prevention, treatment and comprehensive care  to the patients,Further, the internship program enhances their clinical skills by exposing to various treatment procedures and enrichment programs conducted on routine basis.


Three year post graduate course is guided by skilled and experienced faculty which comprises of  seminars, journal clubs, case discussions and, majorandminor research work. The prosthodontic rehabilitation and specialized forms of treatment modalities are disbursed on a routine basis. The course renders standard andspecialized, both and state of the art treatment modalities like fabrication of complete dentures, partial dentures, Implant restorations, rehabilitation of missing maxillofacial part structures, full mouth rehabilitations, management of temporo-mandibular disorders smile designing and precision attachment retained prosthesis. The department encourages students to showcaset their research and innovations at national and international platforms.Cosmetic rehabilitations are carried out in conjunction with latest digital innovations like CAD/CAM, 3D printing and Lasers


With the rich infrastructure and excellent research opportunities, the PhD program is being nurtured by faculty who have a vast experience in clinical research and academics. The department has 4 recognized PhD guides to supervise full time and part time research scholars.


A certified course affiliated to DCI / Karnataka Paramedical Board, Bangalore, a two year course that moulds budding technicians and also helps them to acquire the required finesse and skills under the able faculty and senior technicians which further helps them to improve their advanced technical requirements.


A well-equipped implant clinic with the state of the art armamentarium caters to the treatment of single missing tooth to complex full mouth Implant rehabilitations. A certified interdisciplinary Implant training program is being conducted for the benefit of the Post graduates andin house surgeons which allows them to place implants under the able guidance of efficient and trained implantologists.


As esthetic practice is of vital importance in the current scenario, the department of Prosthodontics offers awell structured and hands-on certified course on “Smile Designing,” enriching the understanding and personal development of house surgeons and registered dental practitioners which  and prepares them to deliver the same and keep up with the current practice.

Dr.RameshP Nayakar

Professor & Head

Dr.Raghunath Patil


Dr.Anandkumar G Patil


Dr.Mahantesh Bembalagi


Dr.Sounyala Rayannavar


Dr.Hema K


Dr.Santosh  Y. Nelogi


Dr.Prashant Karni


Dr.Sayed M Killedar


Dr.Acharya Aditya


Dr. Swapnil Shankargouda


Dr.Mallikarjun H Doddmani


Dr.Veena Benakatti


Dr.Rajesh Suhas Swami


Dr.Suvidha Patil



Our department aims at excelling in the field of research mainly focusing on herbal dentistry and research in implantology. Department has multiple International and National Publications and 4 patents to its credit.

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Laboratoriesand clinics

Undergraduate lab

The undergraduate laboratory helps students acquaint with clinical situations in the long run. Equipped with phantom heads, it acts as a training platform before their exposure to clinics. Students receive the undivided attention of trained faculty members who observe and inculcate the proper strategies in them, to follow and deliver.

Undergraduate Clinic

The undergraduate clinic is spacious, well ventilated with adequate dental units for  students to perform clinical procedures,  It offers them a chance to practice various treatment modalities using an array of advanced dental materials and equipments and are monitored by experienced faculty.

Postgraduate lab

A well ventilated, spacious clinical laboratory helps post graduates to carry out their routine laboratory procedures. Each postgraduate student is provided with their designated working space and lockers. The laboratory is equipped with the latest equipment and instruments to render advanced treatment modalities and patient care.

Postgraduate Clinic

The postgraduate clinic is equipped with latest dental units which motivate the post graduate students to efficiently and comfortably carry out all treatment procedures. A state of art implant clinic helps the students to perform various implant clinical procedures. All the treatment procedures carried out by the students are continuously monitored and guided by skilled faculty.

Ceramic and casting laboratories

A well-equipped chrome-cobalt, ceramic and polymer laboratories to facilitate fabrication of conventional and advanced dental prosthesis.


Our department is well equipped with recent advancements benefitting the students to master in those and the patients to get the best treatment and care.


We are proud that our department is equipped with T-SCAN Technology. This cutting tool is revolutionizing our approach to dental care ,empowering our faculty and postgraduate students to deliver more effective treatments and outstanding results. With T-Scan’s advanced occlusal analysis we can now achieve a better balance in our patient’s occlusion ,reducing the need for repeat visits and providing a higher level of proactive patient care.


We proudly own an intra oral scanner capturing intra oral images helping us in diagnostics as well as in developing a treatment plan thereby providing a perfect blend of time efficiency and better communication with the patients.


By having a 3-D Printer we provide significant benefits to our patients by offering customised and affordable solutions for their dental problems and provide the best and more specialized treatment for complex cases.



Sl No. Name of the Event Level  Theme / Topic Organising Committee Inaugurated By Date (DD/MM/YY) Venue Number of Delegates
1 Webinar Regional  “ A TALK ON GOAL SETTING – YOU2.0.” KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences Dr.Anandkumar G Patil 20th July 2021 KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences 26

1. An informative webinar session was conducted by the Department of Prosthodontics and crown & bridge, with Department of mechanical engineering, KLE Dr M S Sheshgiri Collegeof engineering, and technology, Belagavi in association with Shree Rapid Technologies on the topic ‘RECENT TRENDS USING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING FOR DENTAL INDUSTRY’. The eminent speaker, Mr V. Iraimudi, B.E. MS (by research) Head – Healthcare for Shree Rapid technologies explained the process and newer technologies in the field of 3D printing and its dental applications in detail, with active participation from the participants.

2. A guiding department-level webinar session, titled “A TALK ON GOAL SETTING – YOU2.0.” Was conducted by the Department of Prosthodontics and crown & bridge. The speaker Dr Adarsh Varma R, Assistant Professor Department of Prosthodontics and crown & bridge, Anoor Dental College, Muvattupuzha, Kerala being a certified life style coach, conduct lifestyle course for students and has delivered lectures on various platforms. The speaker motivated the post-graduates of the department with successful life stories and famous quotes and emphasized the importance of goal setting in day to day clinical activities.

Events Organised

Dental camp was held at Government school Bambarga

A successful Dental camp was held at Government school Bambarga to celebrate sadbhavana diwas by Department of prosthodontics, KLE VKIDS on 14th September 2023. Team of staff and students collectively donated water filter for safe drinking water and pouches to students. Dr Anandkumar Patil Head of department addressed the students and gave oral hygiene instructions.

Plaster to Master

Plaster blocks made by the 1st year BDS students as a part of their Pre-clinical exercise go wasted after submission. Department of Prosthodontics, KAHER’S KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences has come up with an initiative of utilizing these plaster blocks by painting alphabets and numbers, which are donated to the Anganwadis as teaching aids.

Danta Bhagya Saptaha was organized by KAHER KLE VK Institute of dental sciences in association with District Health and Family Welfare Department, District administration and Zilla Panchayat. Dr.Deepa Magadum and Dr.Chandra Naik, Senior Dental Health Officers, Dr.Alka Kale, Principal, Dr.Anjana Bagewadi, Vice Principal, Dr.Sonal Joshi, Dean, Dr.Anandkumar G Patil, HOD Prosthodontics inaugurated the programme on 11th July 2022.

The department of Prosthodontics and crown and bridge in association with Department of Orthodontics organized a Journal Club for Postgraduates students on 29-08-2022.
Moderator: Dr.Aditya Acharya and Dr.Rohan Hattarki
Panelist: Dr.Ramesh Nayakar and Dr.K.M.Keluskar

Virtual Master Class for Postgraduate students, “AVALOKANA 2022” was cordially conducted by the Department of Prosthodontics in association with IPS Karnataka Branch on 7th and 8th April 2022.The inaugural ceremony was held on 7th April 2022, attended by Principal, Vice Principal, Heads of the Department, IPS Karnataka branch office bearers, President IPS Karnataka Dr.Ravi Desai, IPS Karnataka Secretary Dr.Sunil Dhaded, IPS Karnataka President Elect Dr.Prakash Nidwani, IPS Karnataka treasurer Dr.Konark Patil, the organizing Chairman Professor & HOD Dr.Anandkumar Patil, Organizing co-chairman Dr.Raghunath Patil, organizing team members and registered delegates. A total of 142 delegates had registered for the Master Class and actively participated in the event conducted on the ‘go to meeting’ app platform. A total of 14 resource persons delivered lectures on different important topics in Prosthodontics from exam point of view and the event a was great success.

Outreach Programs

Various outreach activities like camps and services are conducted by the department throughout the year to help and encourage the members of the community in which UGs and PGs take a lead in participation which in turn amplifies their confidence, leadership, empathy towards the community and helps in their overall personality development. These outreach programmes help us serve the needy and the community at a larger scale.

Worlds Prosthodontist Day

World Prosthodontist Day 2023

January 23rd, 2023 was observed and celebrated as World Prosthodontist Day by the Department of Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridge and Implantology, KAHER KLE VK Institute of dental sciences, with great pride and spirit. The program was inaugurated by Chief guest, Dr.Alka Kale, Principal of KLE VK Institute of dental sciences, and other invited guests, Vice principal Dr.Anjana Bagewadi and Dean Dr.Sonal Joshi. On account of Prosthodontist day, various competitions and activities were organized by the department of Prosthodontics for the undergraduates, interns and postgraduates students.
Basic Implant workshop for Postgraduates students, geriatric care camp at old age homes in belgaum city, Free Denture week Camp, Short film / Educational video making competition for all Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and plaster to master activity for interns were organized on account of Prosthodontist day. Social awareness on prosthodontic treatment for completely edentulous video was displayed by Postgraduates students. The department faculty and Postgraduate students were appreciated and felicitated for their Awards and Achievements on this occasion.


January 22, 2022, was observed and celebrated as World Prosthodontist Day by the Department of prosthodontics, Crown, and Bridge and Implantology, KAHER KLE VK Institute of dental sciences, with great pride and spirit. The program was inaugurated by Chief Guest, Dr. Alka Kale, Principal of KLE VK Institute of dental sciences, and other invited guests, Vice-principal Du Anjana Bagewadi and Dean Dr. Sanal Joshi. On account of Prosthodontist day, various competitions and activities were organized by the Department of Prosthodontics for the undergraduates, postgraduates, interns, and dental technician students.
Free single day Denture Camp, Short film/ Educational video competition for all students Collage competition for all students including Interns Single Day Complete denture fabrication for Postgraduate students, Wax pattern making competition for Dental Mechanics students, Best out of waste Competition for Non-Teaching Faculty were organized on account of Prosthodontist day. The department faculty were appreciated and felicitated for their Awards and Achievements on this occasion.

World Prosthodontist Day is celebrated on January 22nd every year with great zeal by arranging a free denture week to benefit those in need. It is a proud achievement indeed, restoring smiles by delivering an average of 80 to 100 dentures successfully every year. Apart from free denture week many other co-curricular activities are being conducted for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.

Treatments Modalities


Department has collaborations that allows flexibility to adopt newer methods of teaching and learning, research and also to conduct community outreach activities. The Karnataka State Government Danta Bhagya Yojana Scheme, commenced in 2015, has benefitted more than 1000 patients below poverty line till date.

Serial no Name of the partnering organization /institution
1 Department of microbiology, JNMC Belagavi
2 PrabhakarKore Basic Science Research Centre( BSRC), Belagavi
3 KLE Engineering college, Belagavi
4 KLE College of pharmacy, Belagavi
5 ICMR National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Belagavi
6 KLE Cancer Hospital, Belagavi


Prominent alumni from our Department 

Dr.Jayant Palaskar alumni from the batch 1993 is currently working as Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, MUHS, Nashik, India. He is the professor and head of the Department of Prosthodontics, Singhad Dental College And Hospital, Pune.

Dr.Jayant Palaskar

Dr. Aravind Moldi alumni from the batch 1997 is now the Dean, Professor and HOD in H.K.E’ S Nijalingappa Institute Of Dental Science, Gulbarga.

Dr. Aravind Moldi,


Department of Prosthodontics, KLE VK institute of dental sciences,Belagavi is well known for its contemporary design with modern dental units, with a well equippedimplantclinic along with latest casting and ceramic units.

The department is endowed with a dedicated and experienced staff, all of whom are committed with education, knowledge, patient care and research.

Department is reallywell organized and does quality dental treatment procedures ensures a regular flow of patients.It also arranges extracurricular programmes,various workshops, etc so students don’t always be involved in studies but also enjoy studying.

Dr.Rahul, (KENZ DENTAL, MUSCAT), Post Graduate Batch-2009

Being an alumni of this institute, it is my privilege to be associated with the prestigious institute throughout all the walks of my academic dental career. From student of this institute to being an academician and teaching the students, my journey in this institute has been very precious and fruitful.

Dr. Abhijit Patil, Batch (BDS 2005, MDS 2011)

My teachers at Department of prosthodontics have played an important role in shaping up my career. Its an honour and privilege to be recognised as one of the alumni of the prestigious KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences.

Dr.Ruuta Jadhav, Post Graduate Batch 2014

I am grateful to say that I was a part of such a respected and renowned institution like KLE V. K. Institute of Dental Sciences in UG as well as PG.

The green campus has a top-notch infrastructure and offers the best amenities.

The staff encourages research and motivates in every aspect of academics.

The curriculum focuses on recent applications and advancements in the field and has a unceasing patient inflow with diverse cases.

It is by far one of the best places to learn and excel as a dentist.

Dr.Sayali Mardolkar, Post Graduate Batch 2017

The department is a hotspot for knowledge and guidance. It was undoubtedly a journey which transformed me as a clinician, academician and indeed teaching me life lessons. The working environment in the department was so invaluable and stress free which was created by the best bunch of dedicated, lovable and friendly staff members. The department led by our HOD Dr.Anandkumar G Patil and our ex-HOD Dr.RaghunathPatil who taught us dos and donts in challenging scenarios and as well throwing light upon us(post graduates)with their immense wisdom. The biggest bliss and bless was to have Dr.Santosh Y Nelogi as my guide and Dr.HemaKanathila as my co-guide. The path they both showed made me seek new horizons and made me realise impossible is always possible. Fellow PGS, junior pgs and senior pgs never made me feel am working alone and always filled me with joy,support,help and charisma to work even more. This is the place which is carved and etched inside me. It truly taught me how to look into my career by making me realise my strength and weaknesses which is imperative for success.

Dr.Adarsh Verma, Post Graduate Batch 2017