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Orlando VA Medical Center


Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency Program

The Orlando VA Medical Center 

The objective of the 52-week Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program is to provide advanced training in clinical dentistry beyond the level of pre-doctoral education. The program is intended to enhance the resident's ability to formulate sequenced treatment plans. The AEGD program is designed to provide the new dental graduate with clinical experience in general dentistry as practiced in a hospital setting, as well as, an outpatient facility. Four dental residents serve a one-year term at the Orlando VA Medical Center Dental Clinic. Particular emphasis is placed on the dental management of patients with systemic disease and the relationship of medical disorders to oral disease and dental care. The program allows the resident to practice working effectively with other health professionals in a hospital environment and gives them an opportunity to refine and advance knowledge and skills in clinical dentistry. The AEGD resident will receive advanced training in recognized dental specialties and various medical services.

Patients eligible for treatment are assigned to the residents for comprehensive care. Due to the nature of dental eligibility, a resident's opportunity to complete a comprehensive treatment plan for an eligible patient is not based upon the patient's ability to pay for their dental care.
Therefore, the dental resident will have ample opportunity to render advanced care in complex and challenging cases. Clinical experience is provided in preventive dentistry, operative dentistry, placing and restoring implants, geriatric dentistry, advanced fixed and removable prosthodontics, periodontics (including bone grafting and crown-lengthening), molar endodontics, oral surgery, and oral pathology.  The residents receive full training using Cerec machines and milling crowns.  Additionally, each resident has the opportunity to learn from and receive direct input from lab technicians through the onsite dental laboratory.  All aspects of dentistry are practiced with the exception of pediatric and orthodontic dentistry.  Quarterly evaluations assure a good caseload mix.  Residents also treat patients presenting for emergency care.

The teaching staff consists of seven General Dentists, three Prosthodontists, three Periodontists, and one oral surgeon. Our teaching staff has extensive professional experience and is well published.

Monthly seminars include a series of Case Report Conferences, Journal Clubs, and treatment planning seminars.

The dental clinic which opened in March of 2015 is approximately 12,409 square feet.  There are 29 operatories, one surgical suite, and two handicapped equipped operatories. Each resident has their own assigned operatory daily.  All operatories are equipped with electric A-dec handpieces, intra-oral cameras, digital radiographs, and a flat screen television.  Endodontic procedures are performed using a rotary system.  Two panoramic/CBCT radiograph machines are utilized within the clinic.  Six Cerec CAD/CAM machines are available for use along with three milling units.  The clinic has an on-site dental laboratory with eight lab technicians.