For many people, the dentist’s office is a place to avoid, but at Sheppard Air Force Base, patients say it’s always a smooth visit at the dental clinic.
From a tooth extraction to a deep cleaning, the Sheppard Dental Care Clinic is there to protect pearly whites on base.
“We provide all of their dental needs. Annual dental exam and cleaning. If they need fillings, dental fillings we do that and if they need dental crowns, root canals we do that. If they need to have care outside the clinic we refer outside of the clinic too,” said Technical Sergeant Benjamin Feinberg who serves also as a dental assistant.
Dental Technician Amber Turner is one of those helping to keep beaming smiles on faces that walk through these doors.
“At the Community Health Care Center we did extractions and we did fillings or restorations. Here I can expand my function so I decided to convince the venture here and take the step to go. So, now I can also further my knowledge into dentistry,” said Turner.
The squadron’s mission is to ensure service members get comprehensive dental care.
“I think the main thing is we are taking care of our troops. You know because AIT’s, which is an airman in training, I think they don’t have to go travel or find a private practice like we do the easy work for them if they are hurting or if they are sick in some way in the mouth we are able to help them,” said Turner.
Technical Sergeant Benjamin Feinberg says there’s also a dental lab on base with the latest tools and technology to make precision pieces for patients they’ll utilize for years to come.
“One unique thing is we have a dental laboratory here in our clinic in our premises that can actually make crowns. Most of the dental clinics have it where if someone needs a crown they send it off to a dental laboratory separate from the building and get it in that way,” said Technical Sergeant Benjamin Feinberg.
As the complexity of dental work increases, Turner and other technicians will be ready to sink their teeth into problems that arise while supporting Sheppard’s overall mission.
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