Dental Hygiene Clinic
The Dental Hygiene Clinic at the Community College of Rhode Island provides professionally supervised dental cleaning to the public for FREE! Our goal at the clinic is to assist individuals to eliminate and prevent oral disease and maintain optimal oral health.
The Dental Hygiene Clinic is a classroom/learning environment for student dental hygienists and operates during the academic year, September to May. Comprehensive and thorough dental hygiene treatment is provided under the supervision of a licensed dentist and dental hygienist. Clinic appointments are two hours long and some patients may need more than one visit to complete treatment. If multiple appointments are necessary to complete treatment, no additional fee is charged. Patients are welcome for dental hygiene treatment every 12 months after initial completion. Parking is available at no cost and the facility is accessible to patients using wheelchairs. Fees must be paid at the first appointment. We gladly accept personal checks and cash but regret we cannot accept credit cards or insurance plans.
|Cleaning and exam||
The student will perform a thorough examination and cleaning of the teeth. This includes examining the hard and soft tissue of the head and neck; recording tissue and tooth structures; charting restorations, crowns and bridges; assessing the soft debris and plaque in the mouth; and removing calcified deposits on the teeth.
Included in the cleaning and exam:
|Periodontal Exam||Evaluation of the gums and bone around the teeth and identify conditions that compromise periodontal health and function.||INCLUDED|
|Other Preventive Services||Fluoride treatment
Health history screening
Oral cancer screening
Blood pressure screening
Appliance (denture/partial) cleaning
|Educational Services||Explanation and demonstration of individualized oral hygiene techniques.||INCLUDED|
|*Sealants||All patients must have cleaning and exam in the dental hygiene clinic prior to sealant placement. The student will place protective plastic coating on the chewing surfaces of eligible teeth to prevent cavities.||$20|
|*Radiographs (X-Rays)||The student will expose a full mouth radiographs to examine the teeth and surrounding structures. A duplicate set of x-rays will be forwarded to your dentist for diagnosis.||$20|
The student will take one radiograph of all the teeth and surrounding structures in both jaws. A duplicate will be forwarded to your dentist for diagnosis.
*If included in patients comprehensive treatment plan
Appointments are necessary and may be scheduled during the school year. September through April Call: 401-333-7250
|Fall||Monday-Friday||7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.|
|Spring||Monday-Friday||7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday and Thursday||7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.|
If traveling north or south on Route 295: Take Exit 18A to Route 146 south and follow directions below for traveling south on Route 146.
If traveling north on Route 95: Take Exit 23 onto Route 146 north and follow directions below for traveling north on Route 146.
If traveling south on Route 95: Take Exit 23 for Charles Street. Turn right and continue straight on Charles Street for approximately three-tenths of a mile (0.3 mile) following signs for Route 146 north. At the second traffic signal (across from the entrance to Home Depot), turn left onto the Route 146 north on-ramp and follow directions below for Route 146 north.
If traveling south on Route 146: Take the Breakneck Hill Road exit and turn right onto Route 123 west. At first traffic light, turn left onto Route 246: continue one-tenth of a mile (0.1 mile) to the campus entrance on the right.
If traveling north on Route 146: Take the Breakneck Hill Road Exit and turn left onto Route 123 west. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Route 246. Continue one-tenth of a mile (0.1 mile) to the campus entrance on the right.
Once on Campus:
Follow the signs to the South parking lot. Look for purple 'Dental Clinic' signs.
Use the center entrance, take a right, and go through double doors.
The clinic is on the ground floor Room 1161.
Rhode Island Public Transit Authority provides bus service from Kennedy Plaza in Providence to the campus.
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
- Considerate, respectful and confidential treatment.
- Continuity and completion of your dental hygiene treatment in so far as College and course schedules permit.
- Access to pertinent, current information about your dental hygiene condition.
- Explanation of recommended dental hygiene treatment, alternative treatment if available, the risk of not receiving treatment and the expected outcomes of these recommended treatments.
- Advance knowledge of the cost and payment arrangement for any recommended treatment.
The right to accept or refuse treatment.
- The highest quality of treatment your student dental hygienist is able to complete in the available time.
You are entitled to the above regardless of your age, sex, sexual preference, religion or ethnic origin. We are pleased you elected to receive dental hygiene are in the CCRI Dental Hygiene Clinic and we look forward to assisting you as you pursue optimum oral health.
As a patient of the CCRI Dental Hygiene Clinic, you are expected to:
- Pay for services rendered.
- Complete a medical/dental history.
- Report any subsequent change in your medical/dental history.
- Understand that the appointment length is at least two hours, and more than one appointment may be needed to complete dental hygiene treatment.
- Seek regular and routine dental care with a dentist.
- Provide 24-hour notice for cancellation of an appointment.
Areas of Study
Dental Assistant Program
CCRI's Dental Assisting Program prepares students to become DANB Certified Dental Assistants. Dental assisting is among the top 25 fastest-growing occupations in the United States. As a dental assistant, you will not only enjoy increased opportunities in a growing field, you will also enhance the efficiency of a dental care team. (More from DANB)Learn More
Dental Hygienist Program
If you like helping people, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind, and are interested in helping to prevent disease while assisting patients to maintain their health, a career as a dental hygienist may be for you. Dental hygienists are important members of the dental health care team who work with dentists in the delivery of dental care to patients. Hygienists use their knowledge and clinical skills to provide dental hygiene care for patients. They use their interpersonal skills to motivate and instruct patients on methods to prevent oral disease and to maintain oral health. (More from the RIDA)Learn More