Dental Hygiene General Patient Information
TMCC Dental Clinic is primarily a teaching clinic, and therefore patients receiving dental hygiene care will be participating in the teaching environment. Patients will be accepted only if they are considered suitable as teaching cases. Treatment will be performed by a student and will be supervised by a dentist and dental hygiene faculty. Treatment under supervision generally requires more time than in done in a private practice and most appointments will be approximately three to four hours in length. For adults, multiple appointments may be required. The Dental Clinic has a policy regarding appointments.
- Blood pressure screenings
- Oral cancer screenings
- Pit and Fissure Sealants
- Adult/Child Cleanings
- Preventive Dental Education
- Topical fluoride treatments
- Periodontal scalings and root planing (with limitations)
- Polishing of amalgam fillings
- Dental nutritional counseling
- Other related therapeutic services
The Dental Hygiene Clinic is not a substitute for a regular visit to your dentist. It is recommended that all patients seek dental care between visits. In certain cases, treatment in the Dental Hygiene Clinic may be refused until treatment is provided by the patient's dentist. All children must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian, who must remain in the clinical reception area during the appointment. The consent for treatment must be signed by a parent or a legal guardian prior to providing treatment for children under 18 years of age. Children under three years of age may not be mature enough for clinical care, and a referral to a children's specialist (Pediatric Dentist) may be required.
Consent to Dental Procedures
Before receiving treatment at the Dental Clinic, you should ask the student about the procedure(s) which you are recommended to undergo, and ask any questions you may have before you decide whether to give your consent for the procedure(s) to be done. You have the right to be informed of any risks and complications, the expected benefit, and the availability of alternative methods of treatment. You have the right to consent or to refuse and proposed procedure at any time prior to its performance.
Criteria for Patient Acceptance
The following items must be met before acceptance as a patient in the Dental Clinic:
- Free from any medical or dental condition which would make treatment hazardous to patient or operator.
- Oral conditions are considered acceptable for student learning.
- Patient interest in learning preventive oral care techniques.
- Patient cooperation in keeping clinic appointments on time.
- The Clinic Supervisor reserves the right to refuse or discontinue treatment when indicated.
Dental radiographs will be taken as necessary and as appropriate for dental assessments, dental examinations, diagnosis, consultation, and treatment. In certain cases, treatment in the Dental Clinic will be refused without current radiographs present. Copies or originals of radiographs taken previously may be used if they are considered current and adequate by the supervising dentist.
Patients who receive treatment in the Dental Clinic will be charged for treatment according to the fee schedule in effect. A fee estimate will be provided prior to beginning treatment and patient must be prepared to pay for services rendered. Patients are personally responsible for payment of services at the Dental Clinic, however, we will assist you in completing the insurance forms so you may obtain reimbursement.
The records, x-rays, photographs, models, and other materials relating to your treatment in the Dental Clinic are the property of the Dental Clinic. You have the right to inspect these materials and to request copies at a reasonable cost of duplication. You may also request to have one set of dental x-rays at a reasonable cost, by signing a release of information form. The Dental Clinic is authorized to furnish information from your records to your insurance company for the purpose of obtaining reimbursement. In addition, your dental/medical records may be used for instructional purposes and if they are, your identity will not be disclosed to individuals not directly involved in your care and treatment.
Patients are required to be on time for their appointments. If you find that you are unable to keep an appointment, you agree to notify the student or the Dental Clinic Manager at least 24 hours in advance. A total of TWO cancellations without 24 hours notice, TWO missed appointments, or repeated unsuccessful attempts to arrange for an appointment may be cause to discontinue a patient from further treatment in the Dental Clinic.
A complete "Conditions for Treatment and Consent Form" as well as a list of the "Patient's Bill of Rights" is available from the TMCC Dental Clinic. For additional information/assistance please contact the Dental Clinic.