Last fall, Texas A&M University System Board of Regents Chairman Charles Schwartz, Chancellor John Sharp, Texas A&M University Health Science Center Senior Vice President Carrie L. Byington, MD, College of Dentistry Dean Lawrence Wolinsky, PhD, DMD, along with state officials, dedicated a new Clinic and Education Building in Dallas, which when complete will allow for increased access to quality dental care for Texans.
The 157,756-square-foot, nine story building will serve as a patient-centered clinical facility for Texas A&M dentistry students, featuring nearly 300 dental chair stations with the most advanced technology, specialized clinics, clinical support areas, classrooms and study spaces. Much-needed dental-school specific patient parking will be available in a garage located on the first three levels of the new structure.
A State-of-The-Art Facility
“As one of only three dental schools in state, the Texas A&M College of Dentistry has an important role in educating dentists to serve the needs of Texans in the future, researching better treatments and providing excellent dental care today, which aligns perfectly with our mission to meet the needs of our communities,” Sharp said. “This new facility will enable Texas A&M to continue providing cutting-edge dental care, and promises to be one of the many points of pride for the System.”
The college’s dental and dental hygiene students obtain their education not only in a classroom, but also through extensive direct observation and hands-on experience in a clinical setting. To facilitate this learning process, the college operates dental clinics and provides oral health care at multiple facilities throughout North Texas that provide advanced care for patients with complex cases.
“I congratulate the entire faculty at the College of Dentistry and dean Larry Wolinsky for setting the strategy and fulfilling our goal of serving more students and patients in Texas in this state-of-the-art facility,” said Michael K. Young, President, Texas A&M University.
Located in an area considered dentally underserved by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the college also treats low-income and underserved patients throughout the region. As the largest oral health care provider in North Texas, the college currently provides 100,000 patient visits per year.
“For 112 years, the Texas A&M College of Dentistry has provided quality dental care to Texans of all ages, many of whom are underserved,” Byington said. “As a result of the new facilities, the college’s capacity to provide such care to people across the region is expected to increase by up to 40 percent. The college is helping to close the dental health care gap throughout North Texas.”