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College of Dental Medicine News

College of Dental Medicine News

Zakery James and Rebecca Shamis, both in the Class of 2016, have been awarded grants to travel to Nagpur, India in Spring 2014 by the Center for Global Health.

More information about the two students can be found below.

Zakery James

James, a second year dental medicine student, has a strong desire to make an impact on public health dentistry in rural and low resource settings. He co-founded the MUSC chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) and hopes to use AAPHD as a launching pad for trips to Central India and other underserved areas around the globe.

James will travel to Nagpur, India in the summer to provide dental health services at Lighthouse Children’s Home, a small orphanage in the city.  In serving communities of need, he hopes to gain a thorough understanding of the proper methods to assess the full spectrum of oral health care and its effect on population health over time.

“The MUSC Global Health Trainee Travel Grant not only has awarded my team and me valuable financial assistance for extensive travel costs to India, but the grant application process and timeline offered a concise, constructive platform to organize our thoughts, desires and goals into deliverable objectives for our project,” said James.

Rebecca Shamis

Shamis is traveling to Nagpur, India in spring 2014 to provide oral health care to an orphanage in the region. She will assist a group of roughly 20 students to perform extractions, operative work, and oral hygiene procedures under the supervision of licensed dental professionals, in compliance with American Dental Association standards.

Shamis is a second year dental medicine student and co-founder of MUSC’s chapter of American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD).  She currently serves as Community Service Chair for both the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) and Delta Sigma Delta Dental Professional Fraternity. Shamis is looking forward to gaining a clearer understanding of dental public health in a low resource setting by traveling to rural India.

“I believe that learning to be culturally competent is a skill that is hard to obtain in a classroom,” said Shamis. “It requires knowing where people are coming from, acknowledging and accepting that we all stem from different life experiences. Traveling abroad and spending time with community members allows us to see not only what is different about the people we are caring for, but what we have in common with them.”

Give Kids a Smile Day, held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the JBECDM, helped 75 children in need and provided over $30,000 in treatment. Approximately 100 volunteer dentists, students, hygenists and staff participated.

Give Kids a Smile Day is designed to provide free and accesible dental care to local chidren in need. In addition, its goal is to raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease occurring locally and nationally and create local public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care to solve this crisis.

The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine has been hosting Give Kids A Smile events for 12 years in the community as a way to provide free dental care to local children who desperately need it.

The American Dental Association (ADA) began the Give Kids A Smile program in 2003 as a way for ADA members to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children. Each year, approximately 450,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers nationwide.

Give Kids a Smile Day 2014 at MUSC, lead by Dr. Katherine Renne, was another success. For those interested in getting involved or partnering with MUSC for future Give Kids a Smile days, contact the MUSC Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at 843-876-8815.

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The college is proud to announce the appointment of Martin B. Steed, D.D.S., as chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and associate dean for Hospital Affairs (within the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine).

He joined our faculty on December 9, 2013.

“I have been impressed at every level with the quality of the students, residents, faculty, and staff whom I’ve gotten a chance to meet within the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. This has made me beyond excited to play a significant part in advancing the goals of our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department to be a regional and national center of excellence in teaching, research, and patient care,” said Dr. Steed.

Dr. Steed graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 1997 and then completed an oral medicine residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1997 to 1999. He completed his training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004 and was appointed to the full-time faculty at Emory as an asssistant professor that same year.

Steed was previously associate professor and the residency program director within the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine as well as chief of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service at Emory Midtown Hospital. His clinical and research interests include microsurgical repair of peripheral trigeminal nerve injuries, virtual surgical planning/ simulation, orthognathic and maxillofacial trauma surgery outcome measurements, and surgical curriculum development and assessment.

When not at the dental school or hospital, Dr. Steed enjoys golfing, fishing, playing ice hockey, and spending time with his wife Michelle and their two rescue puppies.

On December 6, 2013, the College of Dental Medicine’s (CDM) staff, faculty, students and residents joined together to support the local community by contributing toys and clothing for families and children in need during this holiday season. 

Dental carts were decorated, loaded with toys and transported by several of our CDM staff and students. A total of three bicycles and three carts overflowing with gifts were donated from the College of Dental Medicine.  

Way to go CDM!

E4D and Sirona Dental have made revolutionary advancements in dental education at the College of Dental Medicine.

Our dental students have access to 14 E4D NEVO systems and 35 E4D design stations, seven CEREC systems with 35 CEREC design stations, 35 3Shape design stations and a D800 scanner.

Freshman dental students begin learning digital dentistry in dental morphology where they utilize digital software to virtually wax. In addition, they use grading software to evaluate how close their physical wax-ups are to the ideal. As they advance to fixed prosthodontics, they use E4D Compare to evaluate their preparations. This software utilizes 3D surface mapping technology to evaluate a student preparation against a gold standard preparation, over and under reduction (Fig 1).

With removable partial dentures, all students use 3Shape software to scan and design RPDs digitally. This mirrors the new digital RPD workflow in the clinic where frameworks are printed from the local lab based on student digital designs. During the second semester of the students’ second years, there is an entire course dedicated to chairside CAD/CAM dentistry, teaching 70 hours of material on digital dentistry and modern ceramics. In this class, CEREC and E4D are taught side by side in great detail.

Before students enter the clinic, they will have scanned approximately 100 quadrants and designed and milled several cases. By the time they get into the clinics, they are thinking CAD/CAM dentistry.

The technology has been revolutionary to education and has truly taken hold at MUSC. In fact, some students graduate doing more single visit CAD/ CAM restorations than conventional restorations. Last year a student completed in excess of 20 restorations.

We have recently expanded our CAD/CAM clinic to seven chairs with a CAD/CAM system in each room. Thanks to Patterson Dental and Sirona Dental, students now have access to a CEREC Omnicam color scanner and are utilizing it heavily (Figure 2) along with CEREC Bluecam systems. We have a dedicated CAD/ CAM assistant, Gail Ward, who is highly trained to assist students with single visit dentistry (Figure 3). A typical day in the seven- operatory MUSC CAD/CAM clinic is very enjoyable for everyone. Our patients appreciate a single three-hour appointment for an e.max crown, rather than multiple three-hour appointments for a conventional crown. There is no question CAD/CAM is here to stay and MUSC is making it a top educational priority.

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