Manuel Nieto visited Mercy Dental Services for several extractions and a new smile with dentures. Retired and living on a limited income, Nieto suffers from periodontal disease and had not visited a dentist in eight years.
Mercy Dental Services
From simple cleanings to emergency dentistry, Mercy Dental Services can help According to a recent report from the Ohio Department of Health, dental care remains the state’s number one unmet healthcare need for children and low-income adults. Mercy Medical Center responded to this need and opened Mercy Dental Services in 2007 to provide complete oral care for clients with insurance, as well as people who are underinsured and uninsured.
Staffed by qualified general dentists and specialists–including many who are part of the hospital’s post-doctoral dental residency training program–Mercy Dental Services provides a broad range of preventive, cosmetic and restorative dental services for the whole family. Services include
- Routine preventive care
- Pediatric dentistry, sealants
- Root canals and extractions
- Crowns and bridges
- Veneers and whitening
- Implant supported dentures
- Complete and partial dentures
- Emergency dental care
- Pre-surgery dental screenings.
Serving patients in the hospital’s five-county service area of Stark, Tuscarawas, Wayne, Carroll and Holmes Counties, Mercy Dental Services has documented nearly 20,000 patient visits since opening its doors. The center’s eight operatories are furnished with high-tech equipment designed to provide optimal care in oral health for all patients, including those with complex medical conditions.
In 2010, Mercy Dental Services received a generous gift from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton to purchase the Diaco® dental chair, a fully mobile unit designed specifically for wheelchair patients. With the new lift, a patient remains comfortably in his/her personal wheelchair, eliminating all manual handling, lifting and hoisting for a safer and more dignified experience.
Mercy Medical Center plans to expand services in 2011 providing added value for pediatric and special needs patients not seen in a conventional dental setting. A 1,468 square foot addition will house a multi-functional area to accommodate a hospital bed, wheelchair lift and two pediatric exam rooms.
Mercy Dental Services is a natural extension of Mercy’s mission and commitment to provide for the healthcare needs of the poor and underserved regardless of their faith, race, age, or ability to pay and to advance medical education in the community as a teaching hospital. It has been blessed to have been the recipient of generous philanthropic support since its conception, construction, and growth of the program from the following agencies: Stark County Dental Society, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, Timken Foundation, Health Foundation of Greater Massillon, Austin Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation, Anthem Foundation, Ohio Department of Health and individual donors.
Mercy Dental Services is accredited by the American Dental Association. To schedule an appointment, call Mercy Dental Services at 330-471-5950 or visit the website at cantonmercy.org. Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.
|Andrew M. Wojtkowski, DMD, director of Mercy Dental Services and dental residency program||Canton resident Sharon Aquino receives dental care at Mercy Dental Services will help from the Diaco® dental chair, a fully mobile unit designed specifically for wheelchair patients. Aquino has cerebral palsy and found that not all dentists are able to take special needs patients, which contributed to her 20-year absence from dental care. Aquino says she is very grateful to have found Mercy Dental Services, and she hopes other special needs patients in the area learn about the lift and utilize this new technology to take care of their teeth and gums.|