James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
Advanced Education in General Dentistry
The Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Clinic
Located on the 5th Floor of the
James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine Clinical Facility
29 Bee Street Charleston, SC
The AEGD Clinic is part of the College of Dental Medicine’s post-graduate training mission. The resident doctors are participating in a one or two year Advanced Education in General Dentistry program which is fully accredited by the American Dental Associations, Commission on Dental Accreditation . The Residents are recent graduates who are competitively selected to participate in this program in advanced academic and clinical training.
The residents work in the clinic with faculty members from the College of Dental Medicine, all of whom have had both formal postgraduate training in primary care and extensive clinical experience. The clinic’s supporting staff members are a group of very talented individuals dedicated solely to this specific clinic’s daily functions.
WHAT KIND OF CARE IS AVAILABLE?
The care available at the AEGD clinic is comprehensive in nature and is similar to the care one would receive in a private practice general dentistry office. Services available range from routine cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures and extractions to the more advanced dental implants, esthetic procedures and one visit crowns. Consultations with other specialists in the College are commonly done providing convenient second opinions for patients with complex issues. At times patient care may involve coordination with other specialty clinics within the MUSC campus.
HOW DO I PAY FOR MY CARE?
As in the pre-doctoral clinics, services are paid for as they are provided. Patients may pay with cash, check, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express). Services that require multiple visits to accomplish may be paid over several visits if 50% of the fee is paid at the beginning of the procedure and the balance is paid prior to the completion appointment. The cashiers will provide you with an insurance claim form detailing all of the procedures that were done for you once they are completed and paid for. You may then fill in your personal information on the form and send it directly to your insurance company to request reimbursement payments directly to you. Please note: The College of Dental Medicine is not “In Network” for any insurance company; not all services are covered by every insurance company and those covered may not be covered at 100%. It is the patient’s responsibility to be familiar with his/her insurance coverage.
WHEN IS THE CLINIC OPEN?
The clinic operates year round, generally Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, with the following exceptions:
Lunch (varies from 12:00-1:00 or 1:00-2:00)
Christmas (2 weeks)….……Closed
How can I become a patient?
Each patient is thoroughly evaluated and receives a personalized treatment plan based upon each patient’s individualized needs, concerns and goals. Generally anyone who can be treated in a private general dental practice can be treated in the AEGD clinic.
Initial appointments are scheduled to gather personalized records, gather information and begin discussions on various treatment options. This initial appointment includes a comprehensive exam and x-ray series, study models of your teeth and if appropriate and time permits a dental cleaning. If there are complex issues it may be necessary to finalize a detailed plan after consultation with other specialists. The fee for the initial appointment which includes the above services is $298.00. If the patient has current x-rays of good quality they should have them sent to the clinic prior to the scheduled appointment, this may allow for a reduction in costs for the appointment. Please have them emailed to: CDMimages@MUSC.edu
All x-rays taken will be done in a digital format and securely kept in our databank. You may request to have that x-ray sent through the Internet anywhere you wish in the future as long as you provide us with an official written release. It will always remain legally secured because it is private personal health information, but if you need it somewhere else it can be sent with minimal effort. It will also arrive there with no loss of quality because of its digital format, a feature that is true for all of the x-rays we are now taking with our new equipment.
If you would like to schedule an initial appointment please call 843-792-1652 or 843-792-1904 our staff is available Monday through Friday 8:00a.m – 5:00 pm to assist you.
WHAT ABOUT THE PRE-DOCTORAL CLINICS? ARE THEY LESS EXPENSIVE?
The pre-doctoral clinics are less expensive. The fact is that both areas provide excellent professional care at reduced fees for their patients. If you have been referred to the AEGD clinic from the screening clinic your needs are too complex for the pre-doctoral students.
THE TIME REQUIREMENTS: Both programs emphasize comprehensive care, but the AEGD practitioners are fully trained and licensed dentists. The doctors can manage more complex situations when both the timing and integration of treatment procedures become important.
PERSONAL TIME CONSTRAINTS: Treatment progression is faster in the Graduate Clinic. For some patients, this may be preferable, and for others it may be of little consequence.
THE APPOINTMENTS: Appointment scheduling is much more flexible in the Graduate Clinic. This may be a critical factor for patients with limited personal time.
THE CASE COMPLEXITY: Some multidisciplinary cases may be managed more effectively at the Graduate Program level.
THE COST: The Graduate Clinic fees are higher than the Undergraduate Clinic fees. While they are generally 20% to 30% less than the fees in a private practice, they may still be twice as much or more than the fees in the pre-doctoral clinics.
Patients cannot be registered in both the graduate and undergraduate clinics at the same time. If you would prefer to become a patient in the pre-doctoral clinic you may call them for a screening appointment at 792-2101. We are not able to refer you directly to the undergraduate program.
Street parking is available but it is often hard to find. You may park in the university parking lot located at President and Bee streets. Use the President Street entrance, and tell the attendant that you have an appointment in the dental school. There is a fee for parking there, but it is out of the sun and you don’t have to feed a parking meter. The dental clinic is unable to validate your parking