Dentistry is just the beginning
The mission of the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is to provide outstanding programs in oral health education, patient care, focused research and scholarship, and service that are of value to our constituents. We accomplish this in an environment that fosters collegiality and professionalism and that enables a diverse group of students to become competent oral health care providers and contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
The School of Dental Medicine's core values are: collegiality; a culture of inquiry; diversity; innovation; integrity; and responsible stewardship.
Clean and Screen Day: January 27th
The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine will host its annual Clean & Screen Day Saturday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Attendees can get free dental cleanings, exams and X-rays. The event is free and open to the public, but patients will be attended to on a first-come, first-served basis, so early arrival is recommended. All attendees will be entered in a drawing to win a free electric toothbrush and will receive a 50-percent-off coupon for a future admitting fee to the dental school.
CWRU Professor Quoted on Sneaky Signs of Gum Disease
Dr. Lance Vernon, Senior Instructor in the Pediatric Dentistry department at the School of Dental Medicine, was recently quoted in "Ten Sneaky Signs of Gum Disease" in Prevention magazine. Dr. Vernon discusses common signs of ginvigitis (a mild form of gum disease), including bleeding from the mouth, bad breath, shifting teeth, red or swollen gums, plaque buildup, sensitive teeth, wiggly teeth, and teeth grinding or clenching. Experiencing chronic stress or maintaining a smoking habit may up your risk for the condition. Gingivitis can usually be reversed with consistent oral hygiene practices and regular cleanings by a dentist, but if left untreated can destroy the tissue supporting your teeth and possibly increase your risk of heart disease.
Dental Clinic Offers Discounts during "Admitting Week"
Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine’s main clinic (2124 Cornell Road, on the CWRU main campus in Cleveland) is offering discounted services to new patients who sign up for a comprehensive care plan during “Admitting Week,” from Dec. 4-8. Anyone at least 18 years old who has never enrolled as a patient at the dental clinic can receive a dental exam and X-rays at the school’s rates during Admitting Week and receive a $90 voucher to be redeemed toward future dental services as part of an accepted treatment plan.
Each year, the dental school’s third- and fourth- year students and residents (under supervision from faculty members) treat more than 8,000 patients, including university students, employees and the general public, at discounted prices. Clinic patients normally expect discounted services of 30 to 50 percent, depending on the procedure, compared to standard dental office rates.
The dental school, which has offered an Admitting Day for new patients for the last three years, is expanding the promotion to a full week for the first time.
“We want to enhance access to care,” said Sorin Teich, associate professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care and associate dean for clinical operations. “This will provide the community more flexibility and the opportunity to improve oral health.”
Admitting Week services are by appointment only, with three available timeslots: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Call 216-368-8730 to make an appointment.
CWRU, Cleveland Clinic Break Ground on New Dental Clinic
Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic broke ground on a new dental clinic building that is part of their ambitious Health Education Campus, opening in the summer of 2019. The three-story, 126,000-square-foot structure will provide School of Dental Medicine students a spacious, state-of-the art environment in which to treat patients under the supervision of dental faculty. More, it will give patients a far more visible and conveniently located place for dental care than the current site.
The new dental clinic parcel is directly north of the main Health Education Campus (HEC) building. Construction on that 485,000-square-foot structure, designed by renowned London architects Foster & Partners, began in 2015; both buildings will be ready to welcome students in two years.
“This building will enhance the education of all of our health sciences students, because each discipline has much to teach—and learn from—one another,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “Just as important, it will contribute to the health and well-being of thousands of patients in our community. We are deeply grateful to everyone involved in helping us reach this momentous day.”
In addition, Cleveland Clinic announced the development of a recreational park providing access to the neighboring children and their parents.
“The primary mission here will be to deliver high-quality, low-cost dental services to the community. But that won’t be all,” added Dr. Cosgrove. “Something unexpected happened in the planning stage that expanded our vision. People who visited the site heard the voices of young people. They saw children playing basketball in the street. We realized that these young people needed a safer place to play. We are pleased to join with the Famicos Foundation and Hough Development Corporation, and we’ll be building a new park for exercise and play.”
The new location also offers parking adjacent to the clinic, a significant improvement over the more distant parking options for the current clinic. In addition, patients sometimes had difficulty finding the current clinic nestled along a driveway surrounded by multiple taller buildings. Even with those challenges, roughly 19,000 patients seek treatment at the dental school’s clinic each year—and more than 11,000 of the total are Cleveland residents. The clinic charges rates roughly 40 to 60 percent lower than traditional dental offices, and also accepts Medicaid.
“The potential of this clinic to enhance the health of our community—through patient treatment and educational outreach—is truly exceptional,” School of Dental Medicine Dean Kenneth B. Chance said. “We cannot wait to be in this new location where our faculty and students can have greater impact and connection with the people we serve.”
125-Year Milestone Marked with Medical Museum Exhibit
Reaching out into the community with dental care is hardly a new idea among students, faculty and staff at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. It is a tradition of caring displayed handsomely in the new “Cleveland Dentistry Re-Visited” exhibition at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History on campus. As the dental school celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, the milestone mirrors a legacy of overall service by local dentists, from in-school dental exams that began in 1909 to the modern-day Case Western Reserve dental van that delivers care to elderly patients in Cleveland-area nursing homes and senior centers.
School of Dental Medicine Dean Kenneth B. Chance said that the preservation of that legacy is intentional and important.
“I continue to be pleased by the hard work of all of our students, faculty and staff who have led the efforts in our community programs,” he said. “It is critical to expose our dental students to the needs of underserved children, the elderly and the communities in which they live.”
That long-standing focus on community is especially evident in a photograph collection depicting a turn-of-the-century dental hygiene campaign and on-site exams in Cleveland elementary school visits from 1909-1919. (See the current issue of think magazine for some of the exhibit photos).
“Dentists have always been concerned about the community,” said Dittrick Chief Curator James Edmonson. “We might think this is something new, when in fact, it’s something old.”
The Dittrick exhibition, which has been called “a befitting tribute” to the School of Dental Medicine by Dean Chance, also features some of the collection of Joseph Chester (DEN ’85). It opened in October in the museum in conjunction with the 125th anniversary and homecoming events within the school and across campus Oct. 5-8.
The free exhibition in the Theodore Castele MD and Family Gallery runs through Dec. 31.
New CWRU-MetroHealth System Affiliation Expands Opportunities for Dental Students, Oral-health Services for Patients
A new affiliation between Case Western Reserve University and The MetroHealth System aligns the university’s School of Dental Medicine with Cleveland’s public hospital system to provide a range of oral health services to the Greater Cleveland community. Additionally, expanded clinical and research opportunities will be available for dental students and residents. Case Western Reserve and MetroHealth have long maintained an affiliation through CWRU’s School of Medicine and other health-related schools and centers within the university. The new affiliation with the dental school will strengthen and broaden the existing relationship.
Under the new affiliation agreement, all CWRU dental students will have the opportunity to train at MetroHealth’s Department of Dentistry. Supervised by MetroHealth personnel, dental students and residents will provide patient care from general dentistry and oral surgery to pediatric dentistry and other potential services. Patients of the School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, for example, are treated by dental students, surgical residents or faculty. Residents and staff provide a range of surgical services, from tooth extractions and jaw and face reconstruction to facial plastic surgery, oral cancer management and management of cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial abnormalities.
“Case Western Reserve and The MetroHealth System share common goals and commitments to the highest standards of performance in education, research and patient care,” said Kenneth Chance, dean of the School of Dental Medicine. “We are pleased to partner with The MetroHealth System to enhance dental education for both institutions and provide exceptional oral health care for the community.”
“The affiliation presents another opportunity for our graduate students and individuals in residency programs in various specialties to expand their clinical experience,” said Dale Baur, professor and chair of the School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. “The relationship will also help the Greater Cleveland community, so it’s a win-win. They have a wealth of patients who could really benefit from our services.”
The Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine and MetroHealth also will explore additional opportunities for collaboration.