TAMC Dental Clinic relocates to Fort Shafter

| February 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Lt. Col. David Redmond (left), dentist at the Fort Shafter Dental Clinic, Sgt. Gaurav Bhattarai (center), and Pvt. Georgia Stephenson, dental assistant (right), assigned to U.S. Army Dental Command-Hawaii review dental patient procedures at the Fort Shafter Dental Clinic, Jan. 19.

Leanne Thomas
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs
HONOLULU — The dental clinic at Tripler Army Medical Center recently relocated to Fort Shafter where it will provide dental services to more than 4,200 active duty Soldiers assigned to Fort Shafter, TAMC, Camp Smith and other locations around Oahu.

Now in a more purpose-built building for dentistry, the new location is a state-of-the-art 19-chair clinic with capabilities to perform the full scope of dental care – from exams, fillings, cleanings, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, pathology and oral surgery.

Tiffani Davis answers patient calls at the Fort Shafter Dental Clinic’s front desk.

“The Dental Corps mission is to directly support the readiness of the Army, and dental emergencies are some of the most common reasons for Soldiers to not be able to complete their mission while downrange, where access to a dentist can be limited,” said Capt. Patrick Ferguson, Dental Health Activity-Hawaii Public Affairs officer.

“That is why we put so much effort into treating as much as we can before sending our Soldiers into austere environments,” he said. “Our new facilities will enable us to provide the best care to our service members.”

Dental Specialist Pfc. Jianhang Yao (left), and Dental Assistant Spc. Jianhong Hu, assigned to Dental Health Activity Hawaii work to set up a lab at the Fort Shafter Dental Clinic.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Clinic will remain at TAMC where specialists perform surgeries ranging from tooth extractions in the clinic to facial trauma in the operating room.

A grand-opening ceremony is tentatively scheduled for April, during which the clinic will reveal its official new name.

 

The dental clinic at Tripler Army Medical Center relocated to Fort Shafter, Hawaii, building 339, Montgomery Road, Jan. 19, 2018, to provide dental services to more than 4,200 active duty soldiers assigned to Fort Shafter, TAMC, Camp Smith Marine Corps Base, and other locations around the island.

Hours and Location
The Fort Shafter Dental Clinic is open now and accepting appointments at Bldg. 339, Montgomery Road. Soldiers may schedule an appointment by calling 438-5554 or 433-5555.

Office hours follow:

  • Monday, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday through Friday, 7:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
  • Sick call hours are 9-10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.

TAMC Tip

February is Heart Health Month

Tripler Army Medical Center.

Learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

A person’s chances of surviving a heart attack increase if he/she gets emergency treatment as soon as possible.

It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and act quickly. If you think that you or someone else is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

Take a few minutes to learn the major signs and symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Chest pain or discomfort;
  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, back, arms, shoulders or stomach;
  • Feeling weak, light-headed or faint; and/or
  • Shortness of breath, which may occur with or without chest discomfort.

There are other signs and symptoms that a person may have during a heart attack:

  • Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach) or vomiting;
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat; and/or
  • Lightheadedness.

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