Clinical Facility and Resources

The clinical facility features:

  • Individual Resident operatories
  • On-site radiology (two dedicated x-ray rooms, plus one mobile x-ray unit)
  • X-ray developing
  • A fully equipped laboratory
  • Resident office space (individual desk, locking drawer and closet storage) equipped with computer terminals
  • A full range of dental restorative and impression materials
  • 35 mm and digital photographic equipment
  • Air abrasion
  • Laser fluorescence caries diagnosis
  • Caries activity bacterial testing
  • Rotary Endodontics handpieces and instruments
  • Leica surgical/operative microscope with video capture
  • Dedicated surgical operatory
  • NobelBiocare implant instruments and fixtures
  • Dental handpieces/instruments for use during the Program
  • Dental Assistants
  • Part-time Dental Hygienist
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Front Desk clerical support

A major Program resource is the generalist and specialist Faculty with capabilities and experience in a broad spectrum of dental care. Many of the AEGD Faculty members are full-time, tenured members of the Department of Restorative Dentistry. Faculty who are assigned to teach in the AEGD Clinic have no other scheduled commitment for the period in which they are assigned, and thus are available for the Residents during the entire period. The AEGD Clinical Practice has a large patient pool that is derived from four main sources:

  1. The referral of new patients to the practice from current AEGD Clinic patients who are pleased with the quality of their care.
  2. The referral of new patients to the practice from the other postdoctoral dental programs within the school of dentistry (Graduate Periodontics, Graduate Endodontics, or Graduate Orthodontics).
  3. The referral of new patients from the school's Predoctoral Admissions or Treatment Planning Clinics; typically, these patients have complex medical conditions or complex restorative needs beyond the scope of a predoctoral dental student.
  4. The referral of new patients from the Temple University Health Science Center's Medical Specialty Practices (e.g., the Renal Dialysis and Transplant Center, the Radiation Oncology Center, and the Cardiac Transplant Center).

The AEGD Clinic operates as much like a private practice as is possible. The AEGD Resident will become familiar with third-party pay or systems, a reality in today's dental practice environment. The dental school's Division of Health Information Management and Technology has developed a system to track patient appointments and Resident patient activity/productivity. The conventional paper chart is still used, however. The Program utilizes both an in-house dental laboratory as well as several commercial full-service dental laboratories in the Philadelphia metropolitan area for fabrication of its fixed and removable prosthetic restorations and appliances.