Hunt School of Dental Medicine students offer affordable dental care

Affordable, and sometimes free, dental treatment now is available from students at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Hunt School of Dental Medicine, officials said in a news release.

The treatment options include new or replacement dentures. People who take part will receive care from faculty-supervised students at the Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic, the clinical arm of the school, the news release said. 

Potential patients get a free dental screening and X-rays on their first visit to determine if they’re a good candidate to receive new or replacement dentures, the news release said.

Dental care from student and faculty providers at the oral health clinic is provided at an affordable cost, and residents of the 79905 and 79901 ZIP codes also may qualify for financial assistance from a grant provided by the Marathon Petroleum Corp.

Community members receive a tour of the Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso on June 22.

“The clinic is equipped with the latest technology allowing our students to provide efficient care at a reduced cost,” Dr. Fady F. Faddoul, professor and associate dean of clinical affairs, said in the news release. “Typically, dentures require multiple appointments over a span of many weeks to fit and produce. At our clinic, the number of visits is almost cut in half compared to the traditional methods of denture fabrication thanks to digital technology. Since the dentures can be manufactured on site, this cuts down the cost and time spent in our clinic.” 

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