UAB Opens Dental Clinic For Children

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry has opened a new pediatric clinic.

UAB Pediatric Dentistry at Cahaba Valley offers services including cleanings, fillings, crowns and other restorative services. The clinic, located south of Birmingham off Valleydale Road is opened on Tuesday and can accommodate 20 to 30 patients a day. "We provide the highest quality children's dental care, but many people can't access us downtown," said UAB pediatric dentist and clinic Director Stephen C. Mitchell, D.M.D. "We wanted to make the quality of UAB Dentistry accessible."A spokesman says so far, the clinic has been seeing mostly healthy patients seeking preventive care. However, they have treated cavities and several dental abscesses. If a child needs more extensive care, a referral is made. The clinic staff includes UAB dental professionals, graduate dentists receiving specialty training and students in their third and fourth year of dental education. A spokesman says plans include adding more appointment days and looking for clinical opportunities in other communities.