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Faculty practice serves MUSC, community

by Cindy Abole
Public Relations
Getting quality dental care is as easy as walking across campus.
MUSC’s Dental Faculty Practice is committed to providing quality comprehensive dental care within a one-stop professional dental practice that’s convenient to patients.
The Dental Faculty Practice, located on the third floor of the Basic Science Building (Room 346, 173 Ashley Ave.), is a full-service multidiscipline dental practice that focuses on prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The operation is similar to a private-practice setting where administrative staff, hygienists, general dentists and dental specialists work together to provide these treatments and services. The dentists are highly qualified and experienced dental faculty who train and supervise dental students. The practice staff has served thousands of patients since the 1970s, both locally and statewide, including MUSC  faculty, staff, students and patients.
More than 65 percent of Dental Faculty Practice patients work at MUSC, according to Mark Barry, DDS, associate dean for clinical affairs and professor, College of Dental Medicine.
“Patients who go to the dentist on a more regular basis generally are committed to taking care of their teeth,” said Barry. “Because of this, they seek convenience and confidence in a dental practitioner when it comes to receiving good quality dental care. They expect this level of care especially within an academic dental environment.”
Research and administration operations manager Loretta Lynch-Reichert and husband, Marcel, are patients of Rick Albenesius, DMD, in the Dental Faculty Practice. For a while, the couple hesitated in giving up their general dentist in Columbia—fearing that they couldn’t find anyone to replace her in their lives.
Lynch-Reichert, who came to MUSC in 2004, was eventually referred to the practice and Albenesius and has been happy ever since. “Dr. Albenesius is a fabulous and wonderful professional who is an active clinician and teacher. He’s accommodating, convenient and courteous to all our dental needs and we’re both highly satisfied customers,” said Lynch-Reichert. 
Patients will always be informed of needed treatments and cost of services according to Phillip Blacklocke, Dental Faculty Practice business manager. They are also  automatically placed on a recall system for follow-up appointments after teeth cleanings and general exams.
The practice provides endodontics (root canal), oral pathology, oral & maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, prosthodontics (crown, bridge & dentures), other specialty services including teeth cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, crowns and bridges, implants, root canals, sealants, veneers and whitening. Fees are consistent and competitive with other area private dental practices. Patients pay for services  when services they are rendered. The staff will assist patients in filing dental insurance forms.
“Patients can feel confident that faculty are providing patient care based on the latest scientific information and practices available,” said Walter G. Renne, DMD, Department of Oral Rehabilitation and a practitioner in the dental faculty practice. “This ensures that our patients receive good, evidenced-based care.”
These services are expected to continue and grow as the practice prepares to move into the new James B. Edwards Clinical Education Center in August. Barry and other dental faculty have been involved with the design of the new dental faculty practice  since its inception and has relied upon several resources including other dental institutions and programs to recommend modifications. The new facility will grow in space by more than 50 percent and feature new dental chairs, hand pieces and digital electronic medical records.

MUSC Dental Faculty Practice is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.
To schedule an appointment, call 792-3444.

Friday, June 5, 2009

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