Free exams and X-rays offered at School of Dental Medicine on Oct. 19

Anyone 18 years and older who has never enrolled as a patient at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine’s main clinic is invited to receive a free exam and X-rays at the fourth annual Admitting Day on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Appointments, which can last up to two hours, are required and can be made by calling 216.368.8730 or 216.368.3200 during business hours. The free services—provided at the dental school’s Comprehensive Care Clinic—have a value of up to $90.

The clinic expects to admit about 300 new patients. With slots filling quickly in past years, prospective patients are encouraged to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

“It’s a chance to reach out to the community and build goodwill,” said Monica Jackson, coordinator of clinic data at the dental school. “We would like to have as many patients as possible.”

Following the exam—which could also uncover signs of diabetes, high blood pressure or other conditions—and X-rays, the clinic will schedule each patient’s next appointment aimed to design a detailed treatment plan.

Each year, the dental school’s students and residents treat more than 8,000 patients, including university students, employees and the general public, at discounted prices.

Patients are treated by third- and fourth-year dental students, under the direct supervision of dental school faculty members.

“Our dental students gain valuable experience, while helping many patients who haven’t seen a dentist in quite some time,” said Sorin Teich, associate dean of clinical operations at the dental school. “Dental health is a vital aspect of overall health, and we can show patients the benefits of seeing a dentist regularly.”

The dental school’s clinic is located at 2124 Cornell Road on the Case Western Reserve campus in Cleveland.