South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
To be eligible for dental care, a veteran must be 100% service connected (SC), have a SC disability rating condition, be a former Prisoner of War for 90 days or more, or have a medical condition which is adjunct or aggravated by a SC disability.¬† Also dental care may be provided to complete an episode of treatment which was initiated while the veteran was an inpatient.
OUR CLINIC MISSION:
- To provide the highest quality of oral health care thereby enhancing the overall health of the patient;
- To expand and enhance the knowledge and skills of practitioners and dental auxiliary staff;
- To increase the knowledge of Dentistry through scientific research.
PROFESSIONAL AND AUXILIARY STAFF:
The Dental Clinic staff is a group of caring, compassionate individuals working together for excellence.¬† That team effort is directed and dedicated to providing compassionate, quality care through trust, respect, and integrity.¬† The staff consists of 14 top-notch dentists, 6 highly qualified dentists in a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program, 3 dental hygienists, and 17 dental assistants.¬†¬†¬†¬†
GENERAL PRACTICE SECTION:
Responsible for the diagnosis, management and treatment of oral/dental disease that does not require the expertise of a dental specialist.¬† This includes treatment planning, restorative dentistry and dental procedures generally considered the purview of the general practitioner commensurate with their level of training.
- PERIODONTICS SECTION: Responsible for the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with diseases of the periodontium, and for the Preventive Dentistry Program.
- ENDODONTICS SECTION: Responsible for the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with diseases of the dental pulp and periapical tissues.
- ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SECTION: Responsible for the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients requiring oral and maxillofacial surgery care, and with the coordination of care with other surgical specialties as appropriate.
- ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL PATHOLOGY/RADIOLOGY: Responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions beyond the purview of the general practitioner or other dental specialists. Responsible for dental radiology procedures, safety and quality.¬†¬†
- PROSTHODONTIC SECTION: Responsible for the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients requiring prosthodontic care.
- GERIATRIC SECTION: Responsible for the diagnosis, management and treatment of the oral health care needs of the elderly.
- DENTAL LABORATORY SECTION: Provides comprehensive dental laboratory support to the Dental Service, including fabrication of routine and complex dental appliances.¬†
- Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD): This program is an excellent one year AEGD residency program. The program has a strong emphasis on all disciplines of clinical general dentistry and includes care of the medically compromised patient, implantology, periodontal surgery, IV sedation certification, oral pathology, advanced endodontics, and advanced prosthodontics.
- Dental Hygiene: This program is an affiliation with the¬†University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry. Students rotating through the Geriatric dental clinic are introduced to a wide variety of techniques used in dental hygiene and patient education.