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TJC’s dental outreach program provides free services to the uninsured this week

Tyler Junior College is hosting Operation East Texas Dental Outreach now through Friday.  The week-long event, which provides basic dental services to individuals who are uninsured, began Monday and continues through Friday.  It’s taking place on the first floor of TJC’s Rogers Nursing and Health Science building at 1200 E. Fifth St.  from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.  Dental services are extended to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Faculty and students from Dental Studies and Nursing programs from TJC, other licensed dental health care providers, as well as dental students from Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas participate on a volunteer basis.  Other participants in the event include UT Health Northeast, UT Tyler BSN students and Tyler Lions Club. Dental services include basic fillings and extraction, as well as preventive services including cleanings and sealants.  The program does not include root canals, partials or dentures.

According to Carrie Hobbs, TJC’s department chair for dental studies, all patients much be screened, and the number of screenings per day is limited.

“All patients will be screened by an onsite medical provider prior to receiving dental treatment and patients will be prioritized by severity,” Hobbs said. “We are fortunate to have the state-of-the-art facilities here at TJC’s Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences building where our students are trained on the latest equipment and newest technology.  We are pleased to open it to those in our community who are desperate for dental treatment but are unable to afford the care they need.”

To learn if you are eligible to become a teaching case patient for a dental hygiene student during the fall and spring semesters, call the TJC Dental Clinic office at 903.510.2342.

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