Last week, NYU College of Dentistry opened a new practice in Downtown Brooklyn, bringing low-cost care for adults and children in the surrounding neighborhoods.
The practice is located in a 15,000-square-foot leased space in City Point, a mixed-use commercial and residential complex. It offers general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics and implant dentistry.
“NYU Dentistry Brooklyn Patient Care marks the first time in the 155-year history of NYU College of Dentistry that we have opened a patient care and education facility outside of Manhattan,” said school dean Charles Bertolami. “However, we see it as an extension of our longstanding commitment to caring for Brooklyn residents, especially those who would otherwise not be able to access dental care.”
The Brooklyn site is expected to see 25,000 to 30,000 patients each year, and will be staffed by NYU Dentistry faculty and advanced dental students.
Like NYU Dentistry’s other facilities, which care for 75,000 New Yorkers per year, the Downtown Brooklyn practice will offer services at reduced cost and accepts Medicaid.
“The new facility at City Point will extend and deepen that mission, providing much-needed dental services to Brooklynites,” said Borough President Eric Adams. “The events of this year have underscored the profound need for equitable access to all forms of health care, and the urgent task of closing the vast disparities that currently exist in that access.”
The new practice is one of several NYU institutions in Brooklyn. Over the past decade, NYU merged with Polytechnic University to create NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. The university also partnered with Lutheran Medical Center to establish and expand NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn.
Additionally, NYU transformed the former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay Street into a new home for the Center for Urban Science and Progress, an academic hub for technology, emerging media and the arts.
Founded in 1985, NYU Dentistry is the third oldest and largest dental school in the country, educating nearly 10 percent of the nation’s dentists.
“Dental health is a social and economic justice issue, because too few people get the dental care that they need,” said Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon. “This new practice will help address dental care access inequities by coupling students and faculty together to provide the public with high-quality, low-cost care.”
The NYU Dentistry Brooklyn Patient Care will also introduce a new “mentor-protege” model of dental education in which a faculty member mentors a small group of advanced dental students. They will work together to treat patients.
Last June, the school launched a four-month pilot program to test the model, and found that it led to “optimal learning, teaching and patient care experiences.” In addition, faculty and students were able to see at least three times as many patients through the new model.
“Through this model, we will empower students and faculty to work together as a true team,” Bertolami said, “while helping students learn how to run a dental practice in a fast-paced, real-world environment.”