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Dental Clinic

Call 616-234-4237 to schedule an appointment.

The Dental Clinic is located in room 301 of the Cook Academic Hall.

The Dental Clinic at Grand Rapids Community College offers preventative services to the public. Services include review of medical and dental history, blood pressure screening, cleanings, preliminary dental hygiene exams, x-rays, fluoride treatments, dental health instruction, chemotherapeutic agents, and sealants for children.

Appointments are usually 2-3 hours in length. Based on each patients dental hygiene needs, additional appointments may be necessary.

The dental clinic does not provide extractions, filling or other restorative procedures.

Before you decide if you wish to be considered for treatment, please read the following information that describes what you may expect as a patient in the Dental Hygiene clinic.

“Becoming a clinic patient”

As a possible patient, you must first have a dental screening.  A dental screening allows the clinic faculty a brief assessment of your oral health needs to ensure that you meet the needs of a teaching institution and that a student can be assigned to you that has the skills necessary to care for you.  To schedule a screening appointment, please call (616) 234-4237. Screenings are not required for potential patients under age 18 or for patients who are current patients.  After your screening, a student will be able to schedule appointments for you. If an appointment is not available following your screening, you will notified by phone when an appointment becomes available.  The length of the wait for this first appointment can be one to several weeks, depending on the time of the school year and your individual oral health needs.

Patients with a medical or dental condition that hinders proper treatment may not be accepted for a clinic appointment (ie. high blood pressure, joint replacement, no pre-medication.)  Children under five (5) years of age are not considered mature enough for clinical care in this teaching clinic.  All children age 17 and under  must have a parent or legal guardian present in the clinic to fill out and review medical history with the student and clinic instructor before services are rendered.  It is not appropriate for a parent to bring an infant or toddler into the clinic while the parent is being seen for treatment.

Appointments and Services

Your first appointment after the screening will begin with medical and dental history, intraoral and extraoral examination and radiographs (x-rays) as determined necessary.  A specific plan for your treatment will be explained to you. Generally, a complete prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) for a patient who has regular dental care, requires a minimum of one to two appointments that may be 2-4 hours each.

Payment for services is due at the start of the appointment and is payable by cash or check.