Meharry Medical College
School of Dentistry
1005 D.B. Todd Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37208
The Meharry Medical College Dental School supports Preventive Dentistry
WHY IS PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY IMPORTANT AND WHEN SHOULD
Preventive Dentistry means a healthy smile that requires fewer visits to the Dentist:
- Eating becomes more enjoyable because healthy mouths chew more easily
and gain more nutrients from the foods they eat.
- You can also speak more quickly and clearly.
- People with healthier mouths have a better chance of general health, because disease in the mouth can endanger the rest of the body.
- A healthy mouth is more attractive, and you can have confidence that you are putting forth your best appearance.
- Preventive Dentistry is the first step to becoming cavity-free.
Preventive dentistry begins Regular Tooth brushing.
The earlier your dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental disease and reducing your time in the Dentist’s Chair
Visit your dentist for a complete examination to lay the foundations for having the best in dental health.
Meharry Medical College is A Respected Source of dental care.
Patients Seeking Care are quickly and professionally evaluated and assigned to the appropriate clinics for their dental care.
Meharry has many graduates in the area who continue this fine tradition of Service--seek them out and honor their contributions with your patronage.
There is a lot you can do to prevent the next dental problem:
How to become a patient at the The Meharry Lentz Public Health Center Dental Clinic
Thank you for entrusting Meharry Medical College with your oral healthcare needs.
The College's Mission: Established in 1876, Meharry Medical College exists to provide excellent education and training in the health sciences, while placing special emphasis on providing opportunities for African Americans, other ethnic minorities and individuals from disadvantaged background. Meharry is committed to excellence in the delivery of quality community-based health care services and; the conduct of outstanding basic and patient oriented research with special emphasis on underserved communities and diseases and health conditions that disproportionately affect ethnic minority populations.
Our goal is to provide patients with quality care in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere, in the timeliest manner possible. Our clinics offer an extensive range of dental treatments and oral healthcare services for adults and children. Dental treatment in our clinics is rendered by our undergraduate dental and dental hygiene students under the supervision of the faculty. Prospective patients interested in receiving dental care are primarily selected on the basis of their teaching potential. In addition, Postgraduate dentists also provide additional specialized care in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and our General Practice Residency Clinic.
ALL PATIENTS, except emergencies, must make an appointment. Your first appointment will be for an initial dental evaluation to determine the patient's dental needs. Preliminary diagnostic radiographs are taken and your record is forwarded to the patient pool for assignment to a student. Assignment is determined by your dental needs and how those needs will assist the student in obtaining his/her clinical experiences.
After assignment the Patient Service Representative will call you to confirm your interest in receiving treatment, availability and ability to meet the responsibilities of being a patient in the School of Dentistry. Appointments are made by the Patient Service Representatives in accordance with the Clinical Assignment Schedule.
Meharry Dental School gets upgrade
Grant allows school to bring in new technology
By Andy Humbles
http://www.mmc.edu/">Meharry Medical Center’s School of Dentistry provides services designed to serve the more economically challenged, but no one could tell by the look of the place.
The school’s new Delta Dental Oral Diagnostic and Imaging Clinic is fully up and running, provided through a $780,233 contribution by Delta Dental of Tennessee.
“A lot are surprised,’’ student Jessica White said, of the patients’ reactions to Meharry’s new clinic.
“It’s nicer for us to work in, nicer for the patients, and the technology is much better. It’s keeping up with the private sectors.’’
Meharry offers dental services by students under the supervision of a licensed dentist.
The new clinic is about 4,600 square feet, replacing the old one that was about 1,800 square feet and in some disrepair, said Dr. Walter Owens, development officer for the Meharry College of Medicine.
Now students have access to use digital radiography that doesn’t use chemicals instead of the old film-based radiography system that did.
Students can instantly access digital images, which are more precise to design treatment accordingly, said Owens. There is also an electronic patient record system.
The new clinic is constructed at an area of campus that had been last used as a medical practice area for Meharry faculty but had been unused and basically torn down, except for walls and floors for several years, Owens said.
“The older clinic was not designed for private treatment, and the new clinic offers a more private environment that makes patients more comfortable,’’ Owens said.
Meharry has about 235 students, about 60 in this year’s graduating class.
Delta Dental of Tennessee is a dental benefits plan administrator with affiliates in several other states.
“At Delta Dental of Tennessee, our mission is to advance and promote the improvement of oral health throughout our state,’’ said Phil Wenk, president and chief financial officer of Delta Dental. “That includes helping to ensure that today’s dental students be educated using current technologies that they will be using in their professional practice.’’
Wenk estimated that 40-45 percent of residents in Tennessee have dental insurance.
Patients visit Meharry from throughout Middle Tennessee and even from East Tennessee, Owens said. Those with insurance can make appointments.
For those without insurance, there is a $60 charge for the initial evaluation and treatment, according to the Meharry Web site.
Unscheduled Emergency walk-in patients in pain or distress can be seen in our General Practice Residency clinic (615) 327-6297 between 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Monday through Thursday and Fridays 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM only. Regular clinic hours are 8:00 - 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Patients with dental emergencies after normal clinic hours (evenings and weekends) will be provided care at Metropolitan Nashville General Hospital Emergency Room at Meharry Medical College (615) 341-4357.
Hours of Operation
Our clinics are open for patient treatment from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Patients are to arrive 30 minutes before appointment to allow time to fill out the necessary dental registration and financial forms.
The School of Dentistry will accept payment in the form of cash, check, money order, MasterCard, and Visa. A service charge of $20.00 will be applied to any returned check.
If you are an insured patient, you will be required to satisfy any co-pay or deductible amounts due at the time of service. Once your co-pay or deductible has been satisfied, your insurance company will be billed for the services rendered. Outstanding balances will be billed to you after your insurance company processes your claim.
If you are uninsured, there will be a $60 charge for the initial evaluation and treatment. After your initial visit, payment in full will be due at each subsequent visit for services rendered.
For all treatment that involves multiple appointments and services of a dental laboratory (e.g., crowns, bridges, and partials), a payment of 1/3 of the service rendered is due at the initial service date, and the next 1/3 of the cost must paid before sending case to the lab and the final balance must be paid before delivery of the case.
You will be responsible for the cost of all services rendered if we do not accept your insurance. Your insurance company will be billed for services rendered if we accept your insurance. If we do not accept your insurance, a claim will be billed as a courtesy, and your insurance company will reimburse you directly. In the event that your insurance company denies your claim and you are responsible for the balance of the services rendered, payment in full will be expected within 30 days of the denial date.
Important Phone Numbers
Appointments New Patients (615) 327-6669
Returning Patients (615) 327-6900
Dental Billing Office (615) 327-6776 Clinical Affairs (615) 327-6605 Endodontics (615) 327- 6360 Orthodontics (615) 327-6303 Periodontics (615) 327-6300 Restorative (615) 327-6359 Pediatric Dentistry (615) 327-6669 Oral Diagnostic Science (615) 327-6360 General Practice Program (615) 327-6297 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (615) 327-6844
The School of Dentistry is committed to helping meet the oral health needs of the local population and to providing comprehensive care regardless of patients’ social or economic circumstances, geographic origin, or race. Consistent with this mission, 64 percent of Meharry dental graduates practice in socio-economically deprived areas, and 67 percent of the patients are low-income.
The School has been involved in community outreach efforts for many years. These efforts include, but are not limited to, externships to local public schools and community health centers and student/faculty missions to South America, the West Indies, and Africa.
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