Hunt Faculty of Dental Medicine set to open in 2021

El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — A new dental facility is coming to El Paso subsequent calendar year, supplying dental learners the opportunity to obtain palms-on practical experience.

The Hunt University of Dental Medicine is opening in South Central El Paso. When entire, the 38,000-square-foot clinic will be equipped with 130 treatment chairs and is expected to be the top dental-treatment place, not only for the general public, but for school, team, learners and their families.

The clinic’s mission is to strengthen the accessibility of oral health care in the local community and will present decreased-price tag dental treatment to the general public, as nicely as deliver students with the medical expertise.

A one particular-of-a-kind suite will deliver dental students the working experience to study proper procedures, treatments and sensitivities for the treatment of special needs sufferers.

Texas Tech’s attempts commenced as early as 2012 but it was not right up until 2016 that the Coordinating Board of Increased Training in Texas allowed TTUHS El Paso to proceed with a feasibility study to get started to attain accreditation.

The construction of the Oral Health Care Clinic started early in 2020 and is scheduled to open in 2021.

Dr. Richard C. Black, D.D.S., M.S., dean of the Hunt Faculty of Dental Medicine at Texas Tech College Health Sciences Center El Paso, mentioned the new facility will aid El Pasoans get entry to high quality dental treatment. 

“The require is good simply because not only are there not ample dentists in the region, but primarily there are not ample dentists who are effectively-skilled to see and address folks with specific requires.  This will be a beacon of hope for folks of all ages to arrive and be dealt with,” Black claimed. “The treatment that will be given is likely to price tag at the very least half of what you would usually fork out and some exclusive needs clients have assist from the state or federal federal government or other resources.”

Nearer to the summer months of 2021 there will be special phone figures and a web-site from Texas Tech that will make it possible for any person who would like to be observed to signal up and develop into a client.  It is crucial to take note that this is a pupil teaching clinic and clients will be picked centered on irrespective of whether they fulfill the educational wants of the faculty.  If a special requires patient involves more specialised care, they may possibly have to be witnessed at the clinic or elsewhere.

“If you search at the countless numbers of students that have graduated more than the very last decade, from the 1000’s in Texas, fairly literally, only a pair dozen in excess of the previous 10 years appear out in this article to significantly West Texas,” reported Texas Tech Chancellor Ted Miller. “This will enable us do far better than that.”

The Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic is the medical arm of the new Hunt University of Dental Medicine, which will welcome its to start with class of students in 2021.

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