GODFREY – Lewis and Clark Community College’s Paul B. Hanks Dental Clinic recently revamped its prices and now offers what it says will be quality preventive dental care at an even lower cost to patients.
Beginning May 19, all exams, X-rays and preventive services (like cleaning, sealants, fluoride, etc.) will be offered for one flat $28 fee, rather than individual charges for services.
In addition to offering members of the community affordable dental hygiene care, regardless of insurance, the clinic also gives Lewis and Clark Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene students the opportunity to gain real world experience as a part of their education and training.
“The faculty and staff at the clinic include licensed dentists and dental hygienists, and certified dental assistants. All treatment provided by students is closely evaluated by the faculty. The student to faculty ratio is extremely low, making an exceptional learning environment for students,” said Dental Hygiene Coordinator Michelle Singley.
Lewis and Clark’s Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs are designed in a 1+1 curriculum. Dental Assisting students graduate from that program with a Certificate of Proficiency after two full-time semesters and take the Dental Assisting National Board exam to become Certified Dental Assistants. Students can stop after that program and jump right into their field, or choose to apply into the second phase of the curriculum, the Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. The AAS degree is an additional five semesters, or one and a half calendar years.
The Paul B. Hanks Dental Clinic is connected to the George C. Terry River Bend Arena on the college’s Godfrey campus. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday this summer by calling (618) 468-4463. Days and hours of appointments change each semester.