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More than 14% of Valley children younger than age 11 have never been treated by a dentist, despite the fact that tooth decay is the single most common childhood health problem – five times more frequent than asthma. Untreated childhood dental problems can lead to difficulty chewing, swallowing and speaking, needless pain and lost school days.
Community's Dental GPR program follows the standards set by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission on Dental Accreditation's mission is to ensure quality education for dentists, dental specialists and allied dental personnel. Quality education ultimately leads to quality dental care for the public.
Stanley R. Surabian, D.D.S., J.D., F.A.C.D., F.I.C.D. - CMC Chief of DentIstry
Our Dental General Practice Residency (GPR) program has been in existence since 1975 and is the only dental general practice residency program in the San Joaquin Valley. Here, post-graduate dental residents experience hospital-based dentistry, including medical conditions and situations, that will test and increase their knowledge.
Former and current dental residents, colleagues and Community Medical Centers leaders turned out Oct. 25 at a reception to honor Dr. Stanley Surabian and his family for the generous gift that helped build a dental clinic on the Community Regional Medical Center campus.
A woman hoping to change her life endures complicated upper and lower jaw surgery. Dr. Gerald Alexander, Community Regional Medical Center oral and maxillofacial surgeon brings many of his patients from his practice to the hospital for surgery. Katie Stater, R.N. is one of his patients and as a nurse she knows first-hand what goes on in the operating room. She puts her trust in Dr. Alexander and his team to fix her upper and lower jaw and chin.
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Katie Stater’s journey through jaw surgery got her the results she’s always wanted.
“The staff at Community Regional Medical Center was wonderful,” said Stater, a registered nurse turned jaw surgery patient.
Stanley Surabian, D.D.S. was raised in a neighborhood near the former University Medical Center campus where he established his dental career as director of the residency program, and now a transformational gift from he and his wife Cheryl will help raise Community Medical Centers’ dental services to a new level.