Interfaith Medical Center President Steven Korf and Chairman of Dental Medicine David J. Miller, DDS, were joined by local officials and community leaders to cut the ribbon for a new state-of-the-art dental center, housed in the hospital’s east building at 1545 Atlantic Ave., between Albany and Troy avenues. After the ribbon cutting, attendees toured the facility and elementary school students from P.S. 93 received free dental screenings.
“We are extremely proud of our ultra-modern dental center, which is the culmination of a year-long expansion of our dental medicine program under Miller’s leadership,” said Korf. “The new dental center permits us to offer comprehensive dental services and oral surgery under one roof and serves as a cornerstone in Interfaith’ s efforts to keep our community healthy.”
The dental center features seven dental suites, an in-house dental anesthesia OR suite and monitors that display educational materials and photos from intraoral cameras. When it opens July 1, it will offer comprehensive services for children and adults, including patients with medical, physical or intellectual abilities. Patients will have access to a full spectrum of dental services, including preventive and restorative dentistry, fixed/removable prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, and implants. The center will be staffed by general dentists and board-certified specialists, including pediatric dentists.
The department will continue to offer services from its clinic at 1536 Bedford Ave. in Crown Heights.
“We wanted to create a warm, inviting, open and airy space that would feel like a ‘private practice’ for our patients,” said Miller, who is president of the New York State Dental Association. “In the past, patients who required sedation had to have dental surgery in the hospital’s OR. Now we are able to offer our patients a full spectrum of services in the dental center.”
The dental center is the latest component in the expansion of Interfaith’s dental medicine program. Over the past year, the department has decreased waiting times, increased patient satisfaction scores and doubled the size of its training program to 16 residents from top dental programs around the country, including NYU, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Howard University and Stonybrook University. In the coming months, the department plans to extend its evening and weekend hours with a long-term goal of keeping the dental center open seven days a week.
This year, the hospital’s I See You Smile program provided dental and vision screening to more than 300 elementary and middle school students in Central Brooklyn. Interfaith Medical Center is a 287-bed hospital dedicated to improving community access to care on site and at numerous off-campus facilities.