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ASDA News is your resource for dental news on topics like licensure, student debt, practice management, dental student life and some fun stuff too. Grab a cup of coffee, steal a few minutes between classes and flip through the latest issue. ASDA News makes it easy and fun to stay in the know about your profession.

Patient scheduling & continuity of care in dental school 

Not long before Dr. Victoria Mesolella was set to graduate from the University of Buffalo School of Dentistry, she was assigned a patient who needed a new upper denture.

The patient, a thin, recovering drug addict approaching his 30th birthday, presented a mouth ravaged by years of opiate use: chronic dry mouth, heavy sugar consumption, malnutrition and poor oral hygiene.

Mesolella says she was eager to help. The Medicaid patient offered her the chance to tackle a complex case, and also would satisfy some of the procedure-based requirements she needed to graduate.

Mesolella says she extracted nearly 20 teeth over time and installed a temporary upper denture in early spring. The patient returned in six weeks, wearing a smile and carrying 10 extra pounds. Mesolella says she told him to let his mouth heal during the summer, and that she would start on his permanent denture in the fall.

He never came back. The man stopped answering her calls and making payments to the clinic. As it turned out, Medicaid would pay for his permanent denture, but not a temporary one. He couldn't cover his debts, missed scheduled appointments and eventually was discharged from the clinic. Keep reading.... 

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