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James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

Pediatric Dentistry Residency Facilities and Resources

Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics:
Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry

About the Program:

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MUSC Children's Hospital

In addition to the primary resident clinic in the James B. Edwards Clinical Dental Building of the College of Dental Medicine, the Postgraduate Program is a component of the MUSC Children’s Hospital where in-patient consults and Operating Room dental care is provided by the residents and faculty of the Department. This is also the site of the resident rotations in pediatrics and in anesthesia as well as special clinics attended by the residents and faculty as consultants. Examples of special clinics attended by residents and faculty include Craniofacial Anomalies, Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology and Pediatric Cardiology.

With a surgical suite of 12 operating rooms, a 16-bed recovery area, and a large population base of dentally and medically compromised children, general anesthesia cases are scheduled on a weekly basis to enhance the ability of the clinic to meet its' patient's needs.   The hospital operating room facilities are located on the first floor of the MUSC Rutledge Tower which is connected to the Children’s Hospital by a covered walkway. The Ambulatory Operating Room Suite is the primary site for pediatric dental cases - it is fully equipped for dental restorative and surgical procedures. In-house provisions are made for supplies and equipment necessary for the provision of dental care under general anesthesia. The department has one day a month of blocked time in the Main Operating Room for the complex and medically fragile patients.  A range of 200 to 250 Operating Room cases per year have been accomplished over the last three years through the Resident Clinic.

While short-stay cases in the Ambulatory Operating Room Suite comprise the bulk of general anesthesia cases accomplished by Pediatric Dentistry, the large population base of medically compromised children at Children’s Hospital offers the opportunity for numerous in-patient contacts. The close affiliation with other pediatric clinics (e.g., Hemophilia, Oncology, Sickle Cell, Pediatric Cardiology) frequently necessitates dental care for patients with these associated medical problems. The residents provide the full complement of preventive, restorative, orthodontic, and behavior management care for those patients with special needs in both in-patient and out-patient situations.

James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine - Clinical Education Center

The Postgraduate Pediatric Dentistry clinical facility is located in the James B. Edwards Clinical Dental Building of the College of Dental Medicine. Completed and occupied in August of 2009, this state-of-the-art facility houses all clinical programs of the College of Dental Medicine. The building is located on the main MUSC campus along Bee Street adjacent to the original College of Dental Medicine. The original CDM building will be maintained by the College to house pre-doctoral student lecture classrooms, student laboratories, research facilities, and faculty offices.

The Pediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Clinics, seminar rooms, and resident offices are located on the fourth floor of the new clinical facility. Directly adjacent to the Postgraduate Clinics and educational areas for Orthodontics, the programs share this entire floor of the new facility. Specific to Pediatric Dentistry, the new facility provides a twenty two (22) operatory clinical area with a combined open-bay and closed-bay arrangement with full equipment for delivery of comprehensive pediatric specialty care for children and adolescents as overseen by Program faculty. The new facility has full digital capabilities for all patient records as well as computer-based technology in all operatories and teaching centers. Treatment areas are supported by full radiographic capabilities with all panoramic and cephalometric radiographic projections digital based and compatible with a computer-based records system (Dolphin).

The facility has a full reception / business office area with adjacent patient records storage area, patient consultation rooms, in-house sterilization areas, appliance laboratory, and storage rooms. The laboratory areas adjacent to the clinical section are fully equipped for the preparation of diagnostic casts and fabrication of retainers, space maintainers and minor tooth movement appliances. It contains vaccumixers for mixing stone, model trimmers, soldering and welding devices, lab-bench hand-pieces, and supplies necessary for basic laboratory procedures. A faculty / resident office, a library / conference room, and computer / video-imaging center are also located adjacent to the clinical area.

College of Dental Medicine Clinical Sciences Building

In addition to clinical experiences at the Pediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Clinic, the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics also provides pediatric dental and orthodontic lectures and seminars in the main College of Dental Medicine Sciences Building. Located in the MUSC complex about a two minute walk from the Clinic, the College of Dental Medicine primarily serves as the pre-doctoral dental student classroom and laboratory site. Residents may provide supportive care on a rotational basis over the course of the program in a teaching role for dental students in the pre-doctoral curriculum.

Faculty Offices

Faculty offices are located at 173 Ashley Avenue, BSB 347, in the MUSC complex, adjacent to the James B. Edwards Dental Clinic.

MUSC Hospital Dentistry Clinic

The MUSC Hospital Dental Clinic is located in the main MUSC Hospital adjacent to the Children’s Hospital.  The clinic is staffed by residents in the Oral Surgery program and dental students.  The clinic provides a dental facility for provision of care for in-hospital patients which require pediatric dental services but are not ambulatory for transfer to the resident clinic.  Residents in Pediatric Dentistry may provide pediatric dental care or emergency care in the Hospital Dental Clinic over the course of the program on a special needs basis – this is not a routine scheduled rotation.