Dental Report: February 15, 2014

Flying Sams 2/15/14

Dentists: Dr. Marquez, Dr. Celis
Managers: Selena Lopez (CM), Sonia Ventura (FM)
Volunteers: Valeria Lopez-Ramirez, Jihae Cho
X-ray Tech: Alberto Espindola
Patients: 19
Procedures: COE (x7), Comp (x4), SRP (x1)

Clinic Notes

We were back in full swing after not having a dentist join us in three months. This time around we had Dr. Marquez and a new dentist, Dr. Ivan Celis! He was referred to us by Mac, and we are so grateful to know he’ll be joining us next month. Because we had two dentists, we were able to implement a new system where one dentist worked on procedures and the other on diagnosis. Our dentist followed through and it proved to be effective. We now know what procedures will be done for next time so we’ll have to get the right instruments for that, like a 150/1S extraction forceps.

We were back in full swing after not having a dentist join us in three months. This time around we had Dr. Marquez and a new dentist, Dr. Ivan Celis! He was referred to us by Mac, and we are so grateful to know he’ll be joining us next month. Because we had two dentists, we were able to implement a new system where one dentist worked on procedures and the other on diagnosis. Our dentist followed through and it proved to be effective. We now know what procedures will be done for next time so we’ll have to get the right instruments for that, like a 150/1S extraction forceps.

More good news, we’re in the talks of getting a lead wall to freely take X-rays without having to leave the room and possibly have a separate building for dental! Mac, from rotary is working on that and we’re hoping for the best. Further, we finally got our donated high speed headpiece fixed so we have a total of 2 high speeds and 1 slow speed!

Our volunteers were great. Valeria is a veteran volunteer and naturally assisted our dentists. She also helped Alberto develop X-rays since we take manual ones.  It was Jihae’s first time in this clinic and learned a lot besides Spanish. She suggested to have one main volunteer working with each dentist so the dentist can teach once and not repeatedly throughout the time. This way, we can be more efficient and see more patients.

She was also introduced to the Mexican numbering system where the mouth is divided into quadrants 1-4 and 5-8 for primary teeth. From the center they count back to come up with a double digit number. Interesting stuff–we need to remind volunteers of this next time.

Needed Items

  • 150/151S
  • Adult matrix bands
  • Blue labeling tape
  • Etch/flowable tips
  • Developer + Fixer

UCSD Dental Group

Sonia Ventura

 

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