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Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

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Department of Dental Medicine

The mission of the Department of Dental Medicine is to improve the oral health of the core it serves.  Currently, there are graduate training programs located in five of Northwell’s 21 hospitals.  There are programs that train graduates of dental schools in oral & maxillofacial surgery, oral & maxillofacial pathology, pediatric dentistry, and general practice dentistry.  The vision of the department is to be a national health care leader committed to excellence, compassion, and improving the health of the community.  There are active clinical programs that range from emergency care to comprehensive care, including complex oral surgery procedures, treatment of temporal mandibular disorders, cleft palate repair, corrective jaw surgery, oral and maxillofacial trauma, and dental care for medically compromised children and adults.

The Department of Dental Medicine is composed of 22 dentists that have appointments at the School of Medicine and over 200 volunteers that either provide services to patients in Northwell hospitals or participate in the graduate training program.

The Department of Dental Medicine faculty participate in outcomes research.  Currently, the department is examining the role of silver diamine fluoride in arresting the progression of dental caries in our special needs population.  The department also is involved with the printing of surgical stents for the placement of dental implants.  Most recently, the department has paired with the Department of Family Medicine to look into the feasibility of teledentistry.