NYU dental school opens practice in downtown Brooklyn

New York City-based NYU College of Dentistry on Nov. 12 opened a new practice in City Point, a commercial and residential complex in downtown Brooklyn.

NYU Dentistry Brooklyn Patient Care will offer a range of dental services, including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics and dental implant services. The practice, which the school predicts will serve around 25,000 to 30,000 patients every year, offers care at a reduced cost and accepts Medicaid.

Charles Bertolami, DDS, NYU College of Dentistry's dean, said the practice marks the first time the school has opened a dental care and education facility outside of Manhattan. "We see it as an extension of our long-standing commitment to caring for Brooklyn residents, especially those who otherwise would not be able to access dental care,” he said in a news release.

The practice is staffed by the school's faculty and will soon include dental students. It will adopt a model of dental education in which dental students learn from faculty mentors by treating patients together. NYU College of Dentistry tested this mentorship model during a four-month pilot program in 2019, finding that being emerged in an authentic dental care environment not only improved students' learning, but also enhanced patient care.

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