On April 29, 2013, the Center for Advanced Periodontics and Prosthodontics, a dental center at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, saw patients for the first time. The center combines patient care for patients with prosthodontic and periodontal treatment needs, and graduate education for the residents in each program.
“We combined these clinics in order to provide more convenient and patient-centered care for patients with complex dental needs, while at the same time elevating the quality of resident education. In addition, all of our advanced and graduate clinical education programs will be co-located on the first floor of the dental science building” said Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H., professor and dean of the UF College of Dentistry.
The space was substantially renovated and features state-of-the-art equipment and technology. The flooring and other materials were selected to tie into the building’s new lobby area and provide a seamless transition between the two areas.
Renovations were funded through gifts from alumni and friends of the college. There will be 18 residents and three interns between the two programs, and 10 employees in the dental center. The center is staffed to provide care to an average of 40 periodontal patients and 25 prosthodontics patients daily.
Three laboratory spaces adjacent to the clinic will be operational in six to eight weeks providing a removable laboratory, a ceramic milling room and a ceramic room, all within steps of the clinic.