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Dental Services for Patients with Special Needs

Adult Patients with Developmental Disabilities

Eastman Dental provides treatment for developmentally disabled patients 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.

In addition, our new SMILEmobile travels to group homes to provide treatment to adults with special needs. Please call 585-275-9362 for more information.

Pediatric Patients with Developmental Disabilities

The pediatric dentistry clinic at Eastman Dental provides oral health care for children with developmental disabilities. Call (585) 275-5051 for an appointment.

Read about how the Golisano Foundation and Eastman Institute are partnering to help people with developmental disabilities

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 at Eastman Dental Specialty Care Clinic. 

SMILE 5 with wheelchairOne of our SMILEmobiles is wheelchair accessible and travels to nursing homes, housing complexes and other places to provide treatment to those who may have transportation or other access challenges.  Call 585-275-9362 for more information.

Causes for Concern in Geriatric Patients

  • Cavities/tooth decay
    No matter how old you are, your natural teeth can still get cavities. Improper cleaning and gum disease leads to decay. In addition to brushing, using fluoride gel, mouth wash, and toothpaste will help protect your teeth from decay.
  • Gum disease
    Infections that harm your gums and the bone that holds your teeth in place are called gum disease. If your gums are swollen and bleed easily, you may have gingivitis. If left untreated, gum disease will cause your teeth to loosen and fall out.
  • Dentures
    As we age our mouth changes in shape, and dentures may need to be adjusted or replaced. Partial or full dentures require the same careful cleaning as your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants
    Dental implants are small metal pieces that hold false teeth or partial dentures in place. Only a dentist can determine if you should have dental implants.
  • Dry mouth
    Diseases and medical conditions (such as radiation therapy) can cause dry mouth. Eastman Institute for Oral Health is a leader in research on medications that improve and reduce dry mouth.
  • Oral cancer
    People over 40 are at greater risk for oral cancer. Treatment is most effective with early detection. Even if you have no teeth of your own, a dentist should examine your mouth for oral cancer.


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.