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Metamorphosis: Life-Changing Patient Care

A happy patient

At RSDM, we transform the lives of patients every day. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons heal disfiguring injuries and correct congenital abnormalities. Prosthodontists make artificial ears and other facial parts for those who’ve lost them to trauma or disease, in addition to more commonplace creations, like dentures.

Orthodontists straighten teeth and work with surgeons to ensure that jaws don’t severely recede or jut too far forward. Chipped teeth are fixed, stains are removed, missing teeth are replaced with bridges and crowns.

Other changes are less noticeable. We stop the pain of cavities, gum disease and infected pulp. We screen for oral cancer. We prevent dental and disease and decay through cleanings, fluoride treatments for children and education about oral healthcare. For those with chronic orofacial pain, we provide relief.

RSDM is the state’s largest provider of oral healthcare, and we improve public health in the communities we serve by making care more accessible to thousands who couldn’t otherwise afford it.

In 2017 we logged 126,986 patient visits, including 6,148 visits to our pediatric clinic. There were 6,148 visits to our Delta Dental of New Jersey Special Care Clinic, which treats patients with physical disabilities and mental illness. It is one of the only facilities of its kind in the region.

Our state-of-the art Dental Specialty Center, which opened two years ago, provides advanced training to postgraduate students. Its interdisciplinary approach changes the model of oral healthcare in New Jersey, improving convenience and comfort for patients, who can be seen by different specialists in the same clinic. Students and faculty benefit from an atmosphere of close collaboration. The center includes surgical suites for teaching advanced implantology, periodontal surgery, endodontic surgery, maxillofacial prosthetic surgery, in addition to an orthodontic clinic and a general practice clinic for residents.

Providers at RSDM’s Center for Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial pain include some of the world’s leading authorities in the field, specializing in patients who often have rare disorders that were misdiagnosed by other providers.

In 2017, we celebrated our first full year of treating patients at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates, our faculty practice. In the private-practice setting of our Newark and New Brunswick offices, RSDM experts treat patients directly rather than overseeing students. The practice, and all school clinics, are part of the Rutgers Health brand, which encompasses all RSDM clinical components of Rutgers-wide schools, institutes and centers.

 

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