Dental Surgeon & Prosthodontist *
Dr.Prithvi is from the class of 1974. He graduated from the College of Dental Surgery, K.M.C. Manipal. Dr. K.S.Bhat was the principal of the college at that time. He was in the top 5% of his class during the dental college years. His areas of specialization are Prosthodontics, Maxillofacial Prosthetics ** and Dental Implants. ***. The academy has recognized him as one of the best alumni's
Familiarly called 'Prithvi', he underwent post graduate specialty training at the Temple University, Philadelphia in 1974 -76 and at the Roswell Park Memorial Institute in 1979-80, which is affiliated to the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA. He has about a dozen scientific papers to his credit which have been published in the national and international specialty journals.
He is a member of:
. The Indian Dental Association
. Indian Prosthodontic Society
. The Pierre Fauchard Academy
. The International College of Dentists
. The Royal Society of Health
. The Academy of Dentistry International.
. The Italian Implant Study Group and
. Academy of General Education (Manipal)
Dr.Prithvi is currently in full time private practice in Bangalore, a practice and dental clinic inherited from his father, Dr. R.S.Padmanabhan who is a pioneer, and a senior most dental surgeon in the city of Bangalore and in the country, registered in the Part 'A' register of Karnataka State Dental Council.
Dr.Prithvi has served his professional body, the Indian Dental Association in several capacities, the most important one being as, the National Chairperson of the Council on Dental Health. He believes in, and practices ethical dentistry. Concerned about people cannot access dental treatment easily, he has reached out to provide assistance in remote areas of the world, as well as those less fortunate in the country.
As a Rotarian and a member of the Rotary Club of Bangalore, Rotary provided him an opportunity to serve the community at large. He was the District Governor in 2000-01 and is a committed Rotarian since 1976.
Dr. Padmanabhan started out in life earnestly and since there were no dental colleges in India, he had his training in Vienna and later in UK as a scholar to the Eastman Dental Hospital. Always with a pleasant smile, considerate and tactful in dealing with the infirm, he was one of the most popular dentists of his time. Actively involved in the professional, social & spiritual organizations, he served the community in many ways.
Ably supported by his wife Kamala, who in her own right has achieved many laurels, together they have always been concerned about the less fortunate, and continue doing their bit for them.
Guru: Mentor:The family has been guided and been at a close call to Shri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, A.P. since 1945. What merely started out as an acquaintance lead to deep dedication and He serves as a guiding factor in their lives.
Dr.Prithvi has served as a Rotary International dental volunteer 9 times. He has been to the Philippines, Jamaica in the West Indies, the Central Amazon valley of Brazil, Guatemala in Central America, and to Kenya, Africa.
He is the recipient of some of the highest awards Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation has to offer.
"Service Above Self": Rotary International - (before becoming Governor)
"Meritorious Service": The Rotary Foundation (before becoming Governor)
"Distinguished Service" : The Rotary Foundation (after Governorship)
"'The Service Above Self award" is given by the Rotary International for the excellent services he has rendered through devotion and exemplary efforts, which embody Rotary's motto of "Service above Self." Meritorious Service & the Distinguished Service Awards are given by the Rotary Foundation for the outstanding contributions he has rendered. He is 6 time Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and alumni of the Rotary Foundation. Dr.Prithvi is a long time trustee of the Bangalore Medical Services Trust that runs the 'Rotary- TTK Blood Bank', a premier blood bank in this Asia region.
Dr.Prithvi Raval is currently in full time private practice
What is Prosthodontics?
Prosthetics is derived from the word 'Prosthesis', which is essentially an artificial replacement for a missing part of the body. The purpose is to replace form, function and esthetics as much as possible to the original, so that the patients are able to lead a more normal life.
* Prosthodontics > Prosthesis : Branch of dentistry that deals with replacement of missing tooth/ teeth and surrounding tissues either by fixed , semi-fixed or removable methods including dental implants.
** Maxillofacial Prosthetics: is a sub specialty of Prosthodontics where patients are treated by prosthesis for replacement of even more greater loss of tissue. For example these may be patients who have had facial trauma, post-op cancer patients and cleft palate patients.
*** Dental Implants are dental fixtures made of titanium and are implanted into the jaw bones. Using this as a support, missing teeth may be replaced. Where proper case selections is made, this procedure though a little expensive, it is surprisingly very successful and not as painful as it appears.