To address the region’s increasing need, Eastman Dental, of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Eastman Institute for Oral Health, today opened a new urgent care clinic on the concourse level of its main site at 625 Elmwood Ave.
Eastman Dental Urgent Care is the only dedicated urgent dental care facility in the region and can accommodate up to 60 patients a day. Services include treating adults for acute tooth and gum pain, dental infections and abscess, broken teeth and other dental trauma, or any urgent dental issues.
Care demands and dental emergencies have increased significantly with the limited access to dental care in the community, leaving an overwhelming unmet need for early and regular oral health care. As a result, Eastman Dental has long outgrown its space and was last year awarded a state grant to build the urgent care clinic and other renovations at the Elmwood Ave. site and Eastman Dental Downtown to increase capacity and upgrade facilities.
The clinic offers seven private treatment rooms, cone beam x-ray technology that provides 3D imaging with exceptional detail, and intraoral cameras and monitors in each room to allow patients to see detailed images of their dental problems, enhancing the educational experience. English and Spanish-speaking receptionists are on staff all day.
A majority of Eastman Dental patients have no regular source of dental care and depend on emergency clinics for their dental needs. “The new clinic not only improves our services, but also represents an opportunity to increase understanding about the importance of preventive dental care and oral health,” said Eastman Dental Urgent Care Chief YanFang Ren, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.P.H.
“Research strongly indicates a direct link between oral health and general health, and people who rely on emergency clinic for their dental care are also more likely to rely on hospital emergency rooms for their medical care,” said Cyril Meyerowitz, D.D.S., M.S., director of Eastman Institute for Oral Health. “It is our goal to help patients understand the importance of disease prevention and make the transition from the urgent care system into the primary care system for their dental as well as general health needs.”
Eastman Dental Urgent Care is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. No appointment is necessary, but patients are encouraged to call to schedule a same-day appointment. Most insurance plans, cash and credit are accepted. Call 273-2465 for more information.
Eastman Institute for Oral Health is a world leader in research and post-doctoral education in general and pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral surgery. Patients are seen at many sites throughout the Rochester community.