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Community Dentistry & Oral Disease Prevention

Helping the people in our community who can’t afford care has always been an important part of our mission and service. We bring much needed dental care to people who might not otherwise have access.

SmileMobileEastman Dental Downtown

Conveniently located in the Sibley Building on Main St., we offer services for adults and children.

School 17- Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation Dental Center

Part of the Orchard Street Community Health Center, this clinic is open during and after school hours, providing convenient access to school children and their families in surrounding neighborhoods.

Faculty

  • Maricelle Abayon, D.M.D., M.S.
  • James Burk, D.D.S.
  • Sangeeta Gajendra, D.D.S., M.P.H.
  • Bhumija Gupta, B.D.S.
  • Dorota Kopycka-Kedzierawski, D.D.S., M.P.H.
  • Nirmala Tasgaonkar, B.D.S., M.S.
  • Steven H. Meinhold, D.D.S.
  • Tejal Shastri, D.D.S.
  • Erin Shope, D.D.S.
  • Lonnie Slapar, D.D.S.
  • Chia Taw Huang, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Stephanie Vinh, D.D.S
  • Cynthia Wong, D.M.D.
     

Our Expanded Community Outreach

♦ Dental Anxiety/Fear

Dental phobics are people whose discomfort with the idea of visiting the dentist is so strong that it keeps them away – even when they are in pain. Treatment ranges from establishing communication and trust between the patient and the dentist to the use of intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Our experts can help you decide what is best for you.

♦ Cancer, Infectious Diseases, Organ Transplants

Our faculty providers and residents are trained to care for patients who are medically compromised.
Call (585) 275-5553 to make an appointment.

♦ Pre-Cardiac Surgery Dental Care

Patients with cardiovascular disease or those facing cardiac surgery are given special attention when it comes to receiving dental care because of the risk of infection and possible complications from medications. We work closely with specialists in the treatment of these patients. Our faculty providers and residents are trained to care for patients who are medically compromised.
Call (585) 760-6051 to make an appointment.

♦ Senior Citizens/Geriatric

Taking care of oral health needs is as important to seniors as it is to kids. Dental services for the elderly are offered by experts trained in this area at our Eastman Dental at Highland Hospital location.
Call (585) 341-6888 to make an appointment.

♦ Adult Patients with Developmental Disabilities

Eastman Dental provides treatment for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the new Complex Care Center. Our staff is specially trained to work with adults who have special needs.
Call (585) 276-7900 for an appointment.

Hillside Children's Center

The clinic is located on the campus of Hillside Children’s Center and provides primary, preventive and comprehensive dental care to the center's residential clients.
 

The Dental Home for Children Project

Contact: Lenora Colaruotolo
The Dental Home for Children Project, funded by HRSA's Maternal Child Health Bureau and one of the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Projects, focuses on children who tend to receive sporadic and urgent dental care only, resulting in ongoing disease, incomplete treatment, intermittent pain, and premature loss of dentition. This project operates on the premise that poor oral health is more often than not a consequence of psychosocial factors that need intervention, and consequently utilizes a trained health project counselor to assess and address barriers to care, improve oral health literacy, and enhance utilization by providing case management services, transportation as needed, and additional reminders about upcoming appointments.

Eastman Institute for Oral Health Social Work Department