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By Cindy Abole
When it comes to finding a dental provider who provides one-stop, comprehensive dental care in an academic setting, MUSC employees, their families and others may look to the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine Dental Faculty Practice.
Skilled in a variety of patient care, these dentists provide specialty and emergency care that includes check-ups and evaluations, cleanings, dental fillings, crowns, bridges, periodontal treatment, root canals, dentures (prosthodontics), dental implants, sealants, veneers, whitening, and treatment of disease and injury.
|Prosthodontist Dr. Gabriel Ingraham is among a team of practicing and board certified general dentists, specialists, hygienists and support staff at MUSC’s Dental Faculty Practice. Photo by Anne Thompson, Digital Imaging|
Patrick Wamsley, university chief financial officer, and wife, Susan, along with their adult children, Katie and Ben, have been patients of the Dental Faculty Practice since moving to Charleston in 2002. The family members have been proactive with their oral health care needs through annual dental checkups, teeth cleanings, fillings and other specialized care, which included a broken tooth where they were treated with same-day accommodations. According to Wamsley, the faculty practice location is ideal.
“We really like the fact that the Dental Faculty Practice is the place to come for state-of-the art dental procedures, which some may not be available to area dental practices for months or years. The new clinical facility has really enhanced this by providing services like digital radiography, impressions and patient records to CAD/CAM technology for dental restorations,” Wamsley said.
Employee-patients Pamela and James Smith are new DFP patients. Pamela, who is a neonatal nurse in the MUSC Children’s Hospital, was recommended by one of the clinic’s hygienists.
“We were unhappy with our general dentist and decided to try the Dental Faculty Practice. What we liked was the level of confidence, trust and dental expertise he, the dental specialists and practice staff provide. They’re convenient and fast, and the facilities are new and clean. Help is just a phone call away,” Pamela said.
The DFP is one of three dental clinical settings available to patients at MUSC. The others include the Dental Student Clinic and the Graduate Residency Clinics. But the DFT provides specialized care in endodontics (root canals), periodontics (gum treatments), prosthodontics (crowns and bridges), oral surgery, oral pathology, orthodontics and pediatric dentistry.
The practice is matched in expertise that includes highly trained dental professionals, hygienists, technicians and support staff. According to Mark Barry, DDS, professor and associate dean for clinical affairs in the dental college, the general dentists and specialists work side-by-side in the office setting, offering a seamless continuity of care for patients.
“Our goal is to provide evidence-based dentistry to the Tri-county community. We’ve created a one-stop dental practice for patients in an academic environment. We offer general and specialized dentistry using the latest diagnostic tools housed within a private practice-like environment,” Barry said.
Some of the latest technology includes CAD/CAM dentistry, which uses advanced ceramics to match natural teeth for restorations and same-day permanent crowns reducing the need for temporary crowns.
The DFP is located on the fifth floor of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine Clinical Education Center, 29 Bee St. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to noon, Fridays. A full-time dental faculty member is available on call for after-hours emergencies at 792-3444 (follow recorded instructions). Parking is located across the street at the 30 Bee St. lot.
The DFP welcomes and can file with all dental insurances. The practice is a fee-for-service dental practice with fees comparable to private dental practices in the Tri-county.
Payment is expected for all services at the time services are rendered.
To schedule an appointment, call 792-3444 or visit http://www.musc.edu/dfp.
The year 2014 is an open enrollment year for MUSC employees who wish to add or drop the Dental Plus insurance plan.
The supplemental plan, effective Jan. 1, 2014, is available to an employee who registers during the October 2013 open enrollment period and keeps the Dental Plus program for two years until they are eligible to drop it again on the next odd October.
For information, visit academicdepartments.musc.edu/hr/university/benefits/insurance/ins_dental.htm.
September 17, 2013