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Nassau Health Care Corporation’s Department of Dental Medicine and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Provides Holistic, Affordable Dental Care to the Community in Brand New Facility

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Nassau Health Care Corporation’s Department of Dental Medicine and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Provides Holistic, Affordable Dental Care to the Community in Brand New Facility

April 20, 2021

East Meadow, N.Y., April 20, 2021 – Nassau Health Care Corporation (NHCC), a leading healthcare provider serving Nassau County, Suffolk County, and parts of Queens, provides comprehensive dental care to Medicaid and uninsured patients, including preventative, restorative, surgical, pedodontic and emergency care.

NHCC’s Department of Dental Medicine and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery continues to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The brand new, completely renovated facility is now fully equipped with fully enclosed negative pressure rooms, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical professionals and HEPA filters to keep both patients and providers safe. The staff successfully provides full-service general practice dental care and oral surgery under the expert guidance of Directors Dr. Eileen Chun, DDS and Dr. Victor Nannini, DDS.

The General Dentistry Division is a unique resource to Long Island residents, especially Medicaid recipients and uninsured patients looking for affordable, comprehensive dental care. The facility features state-of-the-art technology, such as digital X-rays, intraoral scanners, and laser equipment to provide the best possible care to patients. The providers, while being general practice dental residents, work closely with field specialists in advanced oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, pedodontics and orthodontics (including traditional braces and Invisalign). Alongside preventative care, the Department of Dental Medicine and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery routinely provides extractions, filings, bridges, and full-mouth dental rehabilitation services to patients on Medicaid or in need of “fee-for-service” care.

The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Division provides acute care for patients, including treatment of all traumatic injuries to the face and head, at NHCC’s Level 1 Trauma Center. In addition, the department provides non-acute care for procedures such as extractions of erupted and impacted teeth, replacement of missing teeth with implants, bone grafting, pathology of the head and neck, management of temporomandibular joint disorders, and corrective jaw deformities in both the outpatient suite as well as in the operating room.

According to Dr. Chun, the Department’s top priority is ensuring all patients receive holistic, continuous care. In order to achieve this, the Patient sees the same dentist for each appointment and treatment is informed by his or her complete medical history. Patients receive a complete set of radiographs and a comprehensive oral exam at their first appointment. A treatment plan is then prepared, reviewed with the patient, then implemented and overseen by the same dental professional. As a result, time and effort is more efficiently focused on patient care, including establishing trust and building a meaningful patient-provider relationship.

The two divisions work closely with one another as well as with other departments of the hospital in which the patient may be receiving care. This dialogue between the Department of Dental Medicine and Oral Surgery and other NUMC Departments has a direct, positive impact on patient care. Access to medical history ensures dental treatment and education aligns with patients’ general health needs, Dr. Chun explains, because oral health is frequently associated with other physical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease.

Both the General Practice Residency (“GPR”) program and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (“OMFS”) program are fully approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (“CODA”), the accrediting body that monitors programs in dental education. A graduate of the Program herself, Dr. Chun now oversees the seven residents in the GPR program. Dr. Nannini, immediate past president of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, oversees the 4 OMFS residents. Together with visiting specialists, NUMC’s Department of Dental Medicine and Oral Surgery provides first-class care, which would perhaps be otherwise unaffordable, to Long Island’s underserved communities. It also provides dental residents who have graduated dental school with unparalleled learning opportunities in a supportive, amicable environment. As a result, many former residents come back to volunteer in the department- both to give back to the community as well as the program.

In line with NUMC’s goal of providing accessible, high-quality healthcare to Long Island residents, the Department of Dental Medicine and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has extended operating hours. Patients can receive general dental care from 9am to 5pm on Mondays and Fridays, and from 9am to 8pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Oral surgical care is available from 8:15am to 4pm daily, and as needed through NUMC’s Emergency Department 24 hours a day.



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