Department of Dental Medicine

MSC 09 5020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Novitski Hall

Phone: 505 272-4513
Fax: 505 272-5584

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About Us


Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Dental Medicine is to provide education and clinical programs to train dental health professionals in dental education, clinical services, community health, and research to improve oral health in New Mexico.Dental patch

Department of Dental Medicine

The Department of Dental Medicine is a newly-created department in the UNM School of Medicine. Oral health has become a very important priority for the UNM Health Sciences Center and this department will continue to enhance the role of oral health at UNM and in the state. The Department of Dental Medicine strives to promote dental education, research and clinical service roles throughout New Mexico. The Department of Dental Medicine includes the Division of Dental Hygiene and Division of Dental Services. Gary Cuttrell, DDS, JD serves as Chair and Christine Nathe, RDH, MS serves as Vice Chair of this new Department.

Division of Dental Services

The Division of Dental Services began in 2001 with the goal of developing a general dentistry residency program. The first class of five residents was accepted July 1, 2004 and the program has now expanded to ten residents each year for its post graduate one-year advanced education residency program for general dentists. This is the only training program in New Mexico for dentists and offers the base for expansion of oral health educational program for training and dentists and providing post-graduate training residency programs. The Division also operates several comprehensive dental clinics in Albuquerque.

Division of Dental Hygiene

The Division of Dental Hygiene was created in 1961 and currently has three educational programs, including an entry level Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene (24 students per class), a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program and a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree Program. Additionally, the Division of Dental Hygiene has a national continuing education program that offers courses to providers and faculty around the country. The Division also operates several preventive dental clinics in local schools and at the Sandoval Health Commons.

 


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For information on scheduling an appointment with one of our Clinics visit http://unmmg.org/clinics/dental

Camino De Salud Dental Clinic

 Dental Faculty, Residents and Hygienists, provide dental services in the Camino De Salud Clinic. Preventive, reconstructive, restorative and emergency dental care are available.

Faculty Practice:

  • Accepts most major insurance plans, including the UNM Delta Dental Insurance Plan, United Concordia, Metlife, Aetna Cigna and Medicaid
  • Offers comprehensive dental care including implant dentistry, AvaDent 2-visit dentures, medically complex patients, sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery services and teeth whitening.
  • Clinic hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (select Fridays). We are located at 1801 Camino De Salud NE, 87102. Please call 505-272-4091 to set an appointment with Mary.
  • Services rendered by faculty are charged at prices comparable to the private sector.

Resident Clinic:

  • Accepts most major insurance plans, including the UNM Delta Dental Insurance Plan and Medicaid.
  • Offers comprehensive dental care including implant dentistry, AvaDent 2-visit dentures, medically complex patients, sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery services and teeth whitening.
  • Clinic hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (select Fridays). We are located at 1801 Camino De Salud NE, 87102. Please call 505-925-4031 to set an appointment.
  • Services rendered by residency are charged at prices comparable to the private sector.

School-Based Clinics

In conjunction with the Division of Dental Services, the Division coordinates school-based dental clinics at Van Buren, Grant, Wilson Middle Schools and also Highland High School in Albuquerque. Please contact 272-3641 for more information.

Carrie Tingley Dental Clinic

The Divisions operate a clinic at Carrie Tingley Hospital. The Carrie Tingley Dental Clinic is one of just two in the state that exclusively provide dental care to individuals with developmental disabilities. Its focus is individuals affected with complex musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions, rehabilitation needs, developmental issues, and long-term physical disabilities. Please contact 272-5326 for more information.

Novitski Hall Student Clinic

The Division of Dental Hygiene offers a full range of preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene services. Dental hygiene students are supervised by licensed dental hygiene faculty. Fees are greatly reduced from private offices and clinics and payment is due at time of service. Medicaid insurance accepted. Appointment days and times vary in spring and fall semester schedules. Patients should call the appointment desk to inquire about clinic schedule.

  • Appointments generally run 3 hours long and additional appointments may be needed to complete therapy.
  • It is very important to call within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment to cancel or reschedule an appointment at 272-4106.
  • Office hours are Monday-Friday 8AM-4:30PM and the clinic is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Ambulatory Surgical Center

Staffed by an experienced team of dental and nursing professionals, the ASC is able to provide, in a one appointment procedure day, the healthy mouth that would usually take multiple dental appointments.  Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with advanced dental and medical equipment, including digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, electronic charting and full operation rooms. UNM Dental Services ASC is a state-licensed surgical center, not a traditional Dental office.

Our Patients include anyone who will benefit from dental care under general anesthesia.

  • Pediatric patients, often difficult to treat in a traditional dental office, can be treated quickly and safely.
  • Patients who have extensive dental care needs that would require multiple trips to a traditional dental office can be treated in just one or two visits.
  • Patients who experience fear or anxiety when receiving dental care can sleep peacefully and safely for the duration of their treatment.

Please speak with your dental provider to see if this is a viable option for your dental procedure.  If you do not have a local dentist please contact one of our clinics. Dental care at our facility is affordable, with most major insurance providers being accepted including UNM Delta Dental and we welcome Medicaid.