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University opens state's only hospital-based children's dental clinic

A brand-new children’s dental clinic opened this month across the street from University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital as the state’s only hospital-based pediatric dental clinic and the most advanced pediatric dental clinic in the Upper Midwest.

The state-of-the-art University of Minnesota Children’s Dental Clinic, made possible by a $3.5 million gift from Delta Dental of Minnesota Trust, features 14 dental operatories designed to accommodate pediatric patients and a family member or caregiver, along with a team of pediatric dental professionals as needed.

“The clinic will be a regional resource for children, including those with complex medical, developmental, and emotional needs, both on an inpatient and outpatient basis,” says Judith Buchanan, Ph.D., D.M.D., interim dean of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

The clinic is part of a premier training facility for pediatric dentists in Minnesota. It also serves the state as a venue for implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of new models of dental care delivery.

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