Dental Hygiene Clinic
Residents from within the community can schedule appointments to sit as a patient. The students are closely supervised by licensed dental hygienists who hold advanced degrees; and there is always a dentist on site during all clinical sessions. The students learn their skills in the lab setting and most demonstrate competency in that skill prior to performing the skill on a patient in the clinic.
Before initiating any services the student will ask you to complete a comprehensive health history. This history will help the faculty and the student determine how we can best meet your oral health needs. There are some individuals who have had in the past or currently present with medical conditions that put them at an increased risk of developing a bacterial infection. The bacteria in periodontal pockets can travel through the bloodstream to the heart during invasive dental procedures. To reduce this risk, these patients are required to take an antibiotic one hour before dental appointments as a protective measure. If it is determined that you have such a condition you will be asked to seek medical clearance and a prescription for an antibiotic from your physician.
We also ask that you bring a list of all prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and vitamins and herbs that you are currently taking to your appointment. There are a number of medications that can impact your oral health. The dental hygiene students will review your list and make recommendations and modifications to care when appropriate.
During the first appointment the dental hygiene student will perform a comprehensive examination to assess your oral health and determine your needs. The student will measure and record your vital signs, conduct a cancer screening examination, evaluate the gingival tissues, examine the dentition and screen for the presence of decay, as well as conduct a periodontal examination. If necessary, radiographs (x-rays) will also be taken at this appointment.
Once the student has completed the assessment phase of care, he/she will develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will meet your individual needs. All patients will be informed of the proposed care and will be informed of the consequences if care is not completed. You will be asked to provide written consent prior to proceeding with the recommended care. Patients are required to return to the clinic for completion of care. Depending on the severity of the periodontal condition, the patient may be required to return for multiple appointments. We will try our best to schedule appointments that are convenient for you but we do have limited hours during the week. Students are unable to practice and develop their skills when patients miss their appointments so we ask that you arrive at your scheduled time and that you keep all of your appointments. If you are unable to keep an appointment we ask that you call to cancel 48 hours before the appointment so another patient can be contacted. Patients who fail to keep 2 or more appointments will be referred to their dentist for completion of their care.
Patients are encouraged to take an active role in their oral health care. Good self care habits are an important and integral component to maintaining oral health. The dental hygiene students are trained to educate the patient chairside and will demonstrate proper toothbrushing techniques, the proper use of dental floss and other aids that will help you to maintain a healthy mouth. They will also provide preventive care.
Other services provided in our teaching clinic include:
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Irrigation of Periodontal Pockets
- Topical Fluoride Treatments
- Application of Desensitizing Agents
- Application of Pit and Fissure Sealants
- Nutritional Counseling
- Impressions and Fabrication of Sports Mouthguards
- Polishing of Amalgam Restorations
Appointments must be scheduled ahead of time. Please call 315-336-3484 to arrange an appointment.
Fall Semester (September - December)
|Wednesday||9:00 am - 12:00 pm||1:00 - 4:00pm|
|Friday||9:00 am - 12:00 pm||1:00 - 4:00pm|
Spring Semester (January - May)
|Tuesday||9:00 am - 12:30 pm|
|Wednesday||9:00 am - 12:00 pm||1:00 - 4:00 pm|
|Thursday||9:00 am - 12:30 pm|
|Friday||9:00 am - 12:00 pm||1:00 - 4:00 pm|