Dental Professionals

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What a difference the Dental Clinic makes!

Five years ago, thanks to our generous supporters and dedicated professionals, Volunteers in Medicine HHI opened a new, state-of-the-art Dental Clinic, ensuring everyone throughout our community access to quality dental care.

VIM’s Dental Clinic – with eight treatment rooms, state-of-the art sterilization equipment and a new Lab – has had an incredible impact on FREE dental care in the Lowcountry.  Thanks to VIM’s new space, VIM Hilton Head Island can now:

  • Treat 6,000 patient visits annually, 30% are children!;
  • Schedule several of our 26 volunteer dentists on the same day, increasing the number of patients treated;
  • Accommodate more dental hygienists, expanding the emphasis on preventive dentistry and dental education for VIM patients and their families;
  • Provide a training ground to mentor and teach more dental students;
  • Increase VIM’s community outreach, including participation in the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile Day;
  • Provide dental health screenings and oral health education at church and school-sponsored health fairs and other community programs;
  • Expand preventive dental care and oral hygiene education through VIM HHI’s new Women’s Heart Health Initiative, funded by the Pfizer Corporation.

Now that’s something to smile about!!

Our commitment to providing comprehensive free dental care at the current level takes increased donations to pay for operations, materials and supplies.  We need your help so that we can continue to give our patients, and all of our island community, a reason to smile.

Dental Hygienists

Responsibilities:

  • Perform adult prophylaxis, debridement and root planing
  • Take and develop x-rays
  • Chart existing and needed treatment including perio chart if needed
  • Write treatment notes
  • Set up and prepare operatories
  • Make sure patient histories are complete and note any changes
  • Keep hygiene operatory stocked with supplies
  • Provide home care instructions and product samples as needed

Qualifications:

  • Have South Carolina dental hygiene license and experience
  • Be friendly and compassionate
  • Detail oriented
  • Spanish is helpful but not necessary

Training

  • Dental Department Coordinator will train in Dental Clinic Protocols

Dental Professionals

Cleanings, fillings, extractions, and root canals are provided. Due to limited laboratory resources and funding, orthodontia (braces), crowns, and bridges are not provided. Waiting times for appointments depend on the specialty care needed. We have five fully equipped dental operatories and three dental hygiene operatories.  Two operatories, one dental and one dental hygiene, are equipped for pediatric dental care.

DENTISTS

Responsibilities:

  • Review patient health history and note any change
  • Chart and complete treatment plan if time permits
  • Order x-rays
  • Provide dental treatment
  • Complete progress notes
  • Dispense antibiotics and other medications as needed
  • Order x-rays from dental assistants
  • Work with dental assistants and translators in giving home care instructions

Qualifications:

  • Have either active or retired dental license and experience in any state
  • Take South Carolina law and practical exam (VIM is willing to cover testing expense)
  • Be friendly and compassionate
  • Spanish is helpful but not necessary
  • Maintain patient confidentiality at all times

Training:

  • Dental Department Coordinator will train in Dental Clinic protocols

Please Contact:

 

Dentists who do not have a South Carolina license may obtain the SC volunteer restricted license free of charge by completing a licensure by credentials process and passing the SC law exam.  VIM will assist volunteers with the SC licensure process.

DENTAL HYGIENISTS

Responsibilities:

  • Perform adult prophylaxis, debridement and root planing
  • Take and develop x-rays
  • Chart existing and needed treatment including perio chart if needed
  • Write treatment notes
  • Set up and prepare operatories
  • Make sure patient histories are complete and note any changes
  • Keep hygiene operatory stocked with supplies
  • Provide home care instructions and product samples as needed

Qualifications:

  • Have South Carolina dental hygiene license and experience
  • Be friendly and compassionate
  • Detail oriented
  • Spanish is helpful but not necessary

Training

  • Dental Department Coordinator will train in Dental Clinic Protocols

To volunteer or for further information, please contact:

Ms. Lois Schuhrke, Dental Department Coordinator
Dental Department: 843.681.6612 Ext. 249
lschuhrke@vimclinic.org