|Advancing Dental Care to Build a Healthier Community
|Dr. Paul Gates, Chairman, Dentistry, observing Dr. Jewan Singh, Attending,
Dentistry, working on patient.
| Dr. Paul Gates’ vision of establishing Bronx-Lebanon’s
Department of Dentistry as a leader in the field is being
accomplished. This Department now has one of the largest
general dental residency programs in the nation, providing
more than 71,500 visits annually at six convenient locations
across the Bronx.
It also offers an exceptional level of
services, as well as an expert and friendly staff. Oral Health
Care Providers are taking on a key role in maintaining
their patients’ overall health.
Dentistry has evolved from a bi-annual visit to the dentist
for a cleaning and check-up to being recognized as a
contributing factor reflecting an individual’s systemic health.
With dental related illness now among the most common
causes of an ER visit across the nation, the Department of
Dentistry’s clinical sites are prepared for urgent and nonurgent
These sites have the most advanced equipment,
including an I-CAT imaging unit that provides high definition
3D diagnostic images for ultimate treatment efficiency; ED4-
digital technology that enables the preparation of crowns
at chair side, thereby saving time and cost; and the I-Tero
Cadent digital impression scanner that is revolutionizing
prosthetic dentistry. “Our scanner provides an extremely
accurate picture eliminating the need for standard
impressions,” stated Dr. Gates.
|Dr. Marc Brown, Director, Residency Training, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
(right), performing oral surgery, assisted by Luis Hernandez, Dental
||Dr. Iris Tinloy, Resident, Pediatric Dentistry, with patient.
Department of Dentistry now has the largest
residency in the nation and provides over
60,000 visits every year.
| For adult patients, a wide range of services are available.
Endodontic, periodontic, orthodontic, and restorative
procedures, including crowns and bridges, root canals,
treatment of gum disease, and dentures are provided.
The Oral and Maxillofacial surgery specialists in the
department are widely acknowledged for their expertise
in all types of dental surgery, from tooth extractions under
IV sedation and emergency treatment of facial injuries to
innovative implant procedures.
Cosmetic dentistry, including
tooth whitening, bonding, and veneers is brightening patient
smiles. Pediatric dentists are successfully establishing the
idea of a “dental home,” beginning at age one, to treat oral
health problems in children. Orthodontists are also placing
aesthetically pleasing braces to ensure the best tooth
There are many treatment options available
for children with complex dental problems, including oral
rehabilitation under general anesthesia and conscious
sedation office visits.
|Dr. James Ganey, Attending, Dentistry, reviewing X-ray with Milagros
Mendoza, Dental Assistant.
||Dr. Maria Llompart, Attending, Dentistry, checking patient.
| In terms of prevention, the Department of Dentistry is
reaching out to schools and day care centers to teach
children and their families about good oral health, with the
ultimate goal of decreasing the impact of early childhood
caries. Screening programs are in place at primary schools
and day care centers.
Oral healthcare for non-emergent
patients begins with the registration process. Registrars
provide important assistance and all patients are seen,
regardless of their ability to pay. Dental assistants then
initiate the evaluation by obtaining vital signs (including
initial pain assessment), taking radiographs, and conveying
information relevant for the assessment to the dentist or
|Dr. Oliver Sullivan, Attending, Dentistry, observing Dr. Darryl Caesar, Dental
Resident, as he performs dental procedure.
||Dr. Denny Chern-Kelk reviewing chart of Bronx-Lebanon Special Care Center
patient, as Dental Assistant and Dental Resident begin preparatory work.
|Bronx-Lebanon’s General Practice, Pediatric Dental, and
Orthodontic residencies are nationally recognized for their
outstanding dedication to serving the underserved population.
The Department is also nationally recognized for its expertise
in providing training for under-represented minorities.
Securing grant funding continues to be an important part
of Dr. Gates’ efforts and a source of pride for him. He is
currently in the fourth year of the only Health Resources and
Services Administration (HRSA) dental faculty development
grant specifically for dental residents and attendings.
Ryan White Dental Reimbursement Grant is also providing
important assistance in addressing the oral health needs of
patients with HIV/AIDS.
In looking to the future, Dr. Gates is continually striving to
expand services in response to the growing dental needs of
the Bronx community.
He takes pride in the newly expanded
BronxCare at Third Avenue Dental Practice, which provides
oral health services in a family practice setting, as well as
relocation of the department’s main site to 1775 Grand
This relocation will significantly expand clinical
space to accommodate the increasing dental needs of the
|Dr. Khrystyna Leskiv, Resident, Pediatric Dentistry, with patient.
| “We are proud of the recognition bestowed upon our service;
appreciative of the patients who entrust their oral health
care to us; grateful to the support staff whose contributions
cannot be understated; and proud of the residents we have
trained, the faculty we have retained and the leadership
maintained,” stated Dr. Gates.