SDM College of Dental Sciences & Hospital


With a steep rise in dental issues due to several reasons and a lack of a sufficient number of expert doctors, BDS is one of the most sought-after degree courses. Offering abundant career opportunities to students who can work in hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and the medical device manufacturing industries, Dental Colleges across Karnataka and India are aiming towards boosting the existing pool of dental and medical knowledge with an intention to promote public health. Thereby, talking about one of the most prestigious and sought-after Dental Colleges of Karnataka – SDM College of Dental Sciences & Hospital is a state-recognized institute on a learner centered teaching process incorporating content focused methods and interactive/participative methods

SDM College of Dental Sciences & Hospital, Dharwad, founded in the year 1986 is a self-financing, non profitable organization with a vision of excellence in knowledge, skills and service. The SDM CDSH is situated at Sattur between Hubli & Dharwad, in the northern tip of Karnataka. Striving on the same vision that saw the founding of the SDM institutions, SDM College of Dental Sciences & Hospital follows a completely practical oriented teaching, with incorporation of preclinical work for the students to improve their hands-on experience. The various courses offered are BDS, MDS, Ph.D., Fellowship Course in Forensic Odontology, Oral Implantology, Cleft lip and Palate Surgery, Occlusal Sciences, Certificate Course in Fundamentals of CAD CAM Dentistry. 

Moreover, believing in providing an overall development of all, the College is home to an exclusive indoor stadium and gymnasium, a basketball court, and a swimming pool. It also has a dedicated sports department which actively encourages all the students to participate in various sports events. Apart from the national festivals, other festivals like Holi, Sankranti, Ganesh Utsav, Christmas etc. are celebrated with great pomp and show in the College. NSS unit of the College also helps the students to do more community oriented programmes like planting trees for afforestation, community cleaning under Swachata abhiyan and conducting public awareness skits regarding global warming and plastic free life. 

Improving the world, one smile at a time

Spread over a 23 acres campus with 2,49,847 sq. ft. built-up area, an infrastructure for dental education that can be found in developed countries, SDM College of Dental Sciences & Hospital (SDM CDSH) has all the latest infrastructural-amenities. Furthermore, by letting students utilize the best of state-of-the-art CSSD, Central Laboratory with CAD CAM, Pre-clinical laboratory with manikins from Japan, Central Library which provides exposure to the browsing center, Wi-Fi facility, digital library along with the numerous books and journals of various specialities, the students get prepared to face their professional life well-ahead of their careers, all thanks to the guided inputs the onboard faculty members impart day-in and day-out. 

Also, in order to give students a complete interdisciplinary educational-curve throughout their stay at SDM CDSH, the college is associated with its sister institutes – the SDM Medical College and Hospital and SDM Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences (Other Constituent Institutions of Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara University), with a clear motive of promoting research and innovation on a large scale. “The Dental College also has MoU with various Institutions like IIT Dharwad, Maratha Mandal’s NGH Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Center, Belgaum, National Center for Disease Informatics and Research (ICMR), and PC Jabin Sciences College, Hubli”, shared – Poojya Shri D. Veerendra Heggade, the Hon’ble Chancellor. Additionally, SDM CDSH has also an MoU signed with Carl- Zeiss Company to help train the faculty and students in the use of operating microscopes.

Being known as a place that is committed to conduct high quality dental education programs both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the academic environment fosters the acquisition of knowledge in the basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences. Independent thinking and life-long learning are encouraged through every endeavor carried out at SDM CDSH, where the faculty and students generate new knowledge in the basic, applied, and clinical sciences, with an emphasis on the promotion of oral health and function, and always try their best towards disseminating their knowledge towards societal-service, ensuring the brand-value of SDM Group of Institutes on both national and international level. Finally, the Dental Hospital that exists on the college campus is famous for many reasons, but the most important one is the fact that it provides high quality comprehensive, primary and specialized oral healthcare to individuals of all socioeconomic and cultural groups in and beyond this region. 


  • An independent department of Forensic Odontology, which is a first-of-its-kind venture in India. This has been recognized by the Karnataka Government as a State-Referral Center for Forensic Dental cases.
  • Another first of its kind is the establishment of the Department of Special Healthcare needs aiming to provide comprehensive care for physically and/or mentally challenged patients.
  • Presence of a Craniofacial Unit dedicated to surgical treatment of maxillofacial cancers, trauma and treatment of cleft lip and palate defects under Smile Train Projects.
  • Introduction of e-pads for examinations to make the process faster and paperless. 

Notable Achievements

  • Successful treatment of 70 post covid mucormycosis cases by the Dept. of Maxillofacial Surgery, where the reconstruction of the defects is being undertaken with patient specific grafts.
  • Dept. of Prosthodontics was awarded Danta Manthana by Government of Karnataka for providing service under Danta Bhagya Yojana