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LSU School of Dentistry Clinic - Baton Rouge
(Located inside the LSU Health System Surgical Center)
Information for Health Professionals

The General Practice Residency (GPR) Program is an advanced education program. Every year, 12 to 15 residents undergo an intensive 12-month training program under the supervision of LSUSD faculty with specialties in comprehensive restorative dentistry, hospital dentistry, sedation dentistry, endodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery. Half of the residents are based in Baton Rouge and practice out of the LSUSD Clinic now located on Perkins Road near Bluebonnet Road. Half of the residents are based in New Orleans and practice out of the LSU Interim Hospital Dental Clinic located near the Superdome.  

The services provided by the GPR residents function as a “safety net” for dentists and physicians around the state and especially in the greater Baton Rouge area. This means that specialized care, often called “hospital dentistry,” is provided to patients with complex medical and dental conditions.

Residents in the GPR Program also support the dental community throughout Louisiana by providing the intense care required by “special needs” patients, including:

         Those with developmental disabilities including gag reflex problems,
         Patients requiring general anesthesia,
         Patients needing moderate oral and IV sedation due to medical or severe
          dental anxiety,

         Medically compromised patients who need care in a comprehensive
          dental/medical setting,
         Medicaid children and teens requiring IV or oral sedation, and
         Patients referred by any dentist or physician, including specialists with the Earl
          K. Long Medical Center. Typically, these are patients who require dental
          clearance prior to chemotherapy, radiation, heart valve or joint replacement.    

The LSUSD Clinic is an affiliate of the Earl K. Long Medical Center and a member of the LSU Healthcare Network. These connections enable comprehensive care through the referral network among medical and dental specialists. The affiliation with Earl K. Long Medical Center also means that residents receive advanced training in clinical medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery, anesthesia and comprehensive dentistry. Care is provided at discounted rates.

GPR residents also have access to LSUSD specialists in pediatric dentistry, radiology, oral pathology, endodontic, periodontics, oral surgery and prosthodontics.  This access expands the reach and effectiveness of dental health care available through LSUSD in New Orleans.

The LSUSD Clinic also serves as a learning center for “teaching dental cases.” GPR residents are given advanced training in comprehensive restorative dentistry that includes:

  • Implant retained prosthetics,
  • Patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) or concerns,
  • Crowns and bridges,
  • Removable prosthetics, and
  • Oral pathology.

The LSUSD Clinic in Baton Rouge is under the direction of Dr. Shelley M. Joachim.  Referrals to the clinic can be sent via fax to her attention.

LSU School of Dentistry Clinic
(located inside the LSU Health System Surgical  Center)
9032 Perkins Road 
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
225-768-5880 & 225-768-5881 (fax)

 


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