The Mount Sinai Department of Dentistry Celebrates 100 Years of Service

The department centennial bridges Mount Sinai's achievements from the past and present with future initiatives.

New York, NY
 – March 1, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

The Mount Sinai Department of Dentistry celebrates its 100th anniversary this month. Established in 1910, at a time when the benefits of taking care of one’s teeth were not widely recognized, the department was one of the nation’s first dentistry programs in a general hospital setting. The department officially opened with the appointments of Milton Simon, DDS, and Samuel M. Getzoff, DDS, as adjunct dentists.

During World War I, the Dental Division of Base Hospital No. 3, Mount Sinai’s affiliated unit stationed in France, served as the American Expeditionary Force’s largest facial trauma center. During World War II, six Mount Sinai oral surgeons brought their expertise to Italy, Africa, and France to care for wounded soldiers.

The department advanced the emerging area of pain management throughout the 20th century. Mount Sinai dentists were among the first in the country to study procaine, a local anesthetic, to control pain associated with dental procedures. By the 1950s they had conducted some of the first clinical trials of lidocaine, another anesthetic.

Offering services in the areas of orthodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, implantology, and dental sleep medicine, Mount Sinai’s Department of Dentistry continues to expand. Patient volume at the dental clinic increased 23 percent between 2008 and 2009. The department provides adolescent dental services in conjunction with the Adolescent Health Care Center.

New initiatives for 2010 include a nasal-facial molding team to help correct cleft lip deformity, and collaboration with the Head and Neck Cancer team.

"Our purpose is to treat all aspects of pain in the head and neck area," says Martin Bassiur, DDS, Clinical Instructor and Director of Orofacial Pain Management.

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