The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Emergency Service is accessible at all times for registered and walk-in patients during regular school hours (9:00 a.m.- 4:00p.m.). This service is conducted on the third floor of the general clinic. It is staffed by the full time faculty of the department of general dentistry and four to six third and forth year pre-doctorial students on a rotational basis. At all other times (evenings, weekends, and holidays), the Dental Emergency Service located in the Tufts New England Medical Center Emergency Room is the source of emergency dental care. These services are conducted under the direction of the office of the associate dean for hospital affairs. The departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, and the General Practice Residency Program provide coverage.
Function of the Emergency Clinic
To address, treat and resolve the patient’s dental complaint while at the same time providing a learning experience for the students in diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment in emergency situations. This may require a referral to oral surgery, a consultation from pathology, periodontal, endodontic, restorative, crown and bridge and the prosthetic departments. Pulpectomy, incision and drainage, and caries control procedures are performed in the emergency clinic among others necessary to resolve the patients’ complaint.