The Dental Hygiene program at Tennessee State University provides comprehensive dental hygiene care at Clement Hall Dental Hygiene Clinic on the main campus during the Fall, Spring, and first Summer Semesters. These services are available to Tennessee State University students, faculty, and staff and to the local community.
The goal of the Dental Hygiene Clinic is to provide access to quality oral health care services and to assist individuals in eliminating and preventing oral diseases. Dental hygiene students provide the oral health care services under the direct supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists.
The Tennessee State University Department of Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Payment for Services
Our fees for services offer a substantial savings for our patients. Prior to dental hygiene care, patients are informed of the fees for service. Patients are required to pay for services at the time of their appointment. We accept personal checks and cash for services. At this time, no debit, credit or insurance cards are accepted. NOTE: Fees are not transferable or refundable.
Comprehensive Dental Hygiene Care
The dental hygiene students deliver comprehensive quality oral health services under faculty supervision to all patients regardless of age, race, religion or special need*. The services range from blood pressure monitoring, oral cancer screenings and sealants to radiographs (x-rays), root planing and polishing.
*Individuals with special needs or compromised medical conditions may be referred to a physician for medical consultation prior to receiving dental hygiene care.
Dental Hygiene Services Available
- Electronic Medical and Dental History Assessment
- Blood Pressure and Vital Signs Screening
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Dental Hygiene Diagnosis/Dental Hygiene Treatment Planning
- Tobacco Cessation
- Impressions for Study Cast
- Oral Health Education
- Clean Removable Appliances and Prostheses (Denture/Partial)
- Dietary Assessment and Nutritional Counseling
- Supragingival Scaling, Subgingival Scaling, and Root Planing
- Coronal Polishing
- Application of Chemotherapeutic Agents
- Fluoride Therapy
- Polish Amalgam Restorations
- Dental Pit and Fissure Sealants
- Application of Local Anesthesia
- Digital X-Rays
Services performed in the Dental Hygiene Clinic do not replace regular examinations by the dentist. Duplicate radiographs may be forwarded to the individual's dentist of record, upon request.
Length of Appointments
Because patient care is provided by students and thoroughly monitored by the faculty, more than one appointment will be needed to complete dental hygiene services. Individual appointments range from one (1) to three (3) hours in length. Realizing that the patient's time is valuable, every effort is made to keep the number of appointments to a minimum.
If multiple appointments are necessary to complete treatment, no additional fee is charged to the patient for multiple appointments.
While the goal of the Dental Hygiene Clinic is to facilitate quality dental hygiene care within a teaching/learning environment, patient cooperation is essential and vital to this process. Because of the limited hours of operation, student schedules and the time required for dental hygiene services rendered, it is important that patients avoid canceling and/or breaking appointments. Patients are asked to give a minimum of 24 -hours notice when unable to keep a scheduled appointment by calling the clinic at (615) 963-5791. This enables the scheduling of others needing care.
The time that dental hygiene students spend with patients in the clinic is a vital part of his/her education; therefore, the Department of Dental Hygiene reserves the right to discontinue treatment permanently for any patient who, in their judgment, cancels or breaks appointments excessively.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Open from August - July
(Closed on holidays and semester breaks)
Hours of operation vary each semester.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Call the clinic at (615) 963-5791, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Clinic Fax: 615-963-4944