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Lutheran Medical Center Dental Medicine
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Brooklyn, NY 11220

Foundry Dental Center - Bessemer

Some 40 years ago, the Foundry Rescue Mission was formed to care for the hurting and homeless in the Birmingham community. Today, hundreds of people are seek care each year in this faith-based ministry dedicated tohelping people break the bondage of addiction.

The dental clinic, which is a separate but associated ministry of the Foundry Rescue Mission, started in an effort to provide dental care to Foundry residents. The need for dental work in the recovering addict is often tremendous, and the pain of infected teeth and an inability to smile was hurting the recovery process for many Foundry residents.

Growth of the Foundry Dental Center has been tremendous. The clinic now cares for patients from over 10 local recovery programs and homeless shelters, as well as underserved individuals in the community. We offer advanced training for AEGD clinicans in almost all aspects of general dentistry, especially dental implants (surgical and restorative), exodontia, prosthodontics, sedation, and rotary endodontics.

Director and Location

Site Director Dr. Michael McCracken
Facility Address 1700 6th Ave North
Bessemer Alabama 35020
United States
Setting of Facility Suburban

Residency Programs and Dental Staff

Dental Residency programs offered
  • AEGD
Number of positions available for each program for the current year
  • AEGD - 8
Number of staff members
  • General Dentists - 2
  • Prosthodontists - 2
  • Non-Dental Administrative Staff - 5
  • Dental Hygienists - 2
  • Dental Assistants - 10
  • Other - 2

Description of Health Care Network, Facilities and Technology

Dental services offered
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Conscious sedation
  • Crown lengthening
  • Diagnostics and Preventive service
  • Endodontics (single rooted teeth and multiple rooted teeth)
  • Endodontics
  • Implant placement
  • Implant restoration
  • Oral surgery (exodentia)
  • Oral surgery (complex)
  • Pain management
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Periodontics (Sealing and root planing- no perio surgery done on premises)
  • Periodontics care including surgery
  • Preventive dentistry
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Prosthetics
  • Prosthetics
  • Prosthetics
Number of operatories 12
Number of offices to which residents might rotate within a year 1
Year the first network/offices opened 2012
Use of Electronic Dental Records Yes
EDR product/program used Eaglesoft
Use of digital X-rays Yes

Patient Profiles and Volume of Procedures Performed by Resident

Average number of dental procedures performed by a resident in a year (patient visits) 1500
Average number of unique patients treated by a resident in a year 300
Percentage of dental patients by age
Percentage of dental patients by ethnic group
Percentage of dental patients by medical category

Hours and Licensing Requirements

Typical resident hours
  • Weekday: 8am - 6pm
  • Weekend: 8am - 3pm
How often is the resident expected to be on call?

Once every 8 weeks

Is a loan forgiveness program available to dental residents? No
License requirements for residents before they begin working at the health center
  • Graduated from an ADA accredited dental school
  • Passed Dental National Boards Part I and Part II

Housing Options and Recreational Activities

Housing options near the Clinic (note: obtaining housing is the responsibility of the resident)
  • Rental apartments - 15 minutes to an hour
  • Rental houses - 15 minutes to an hour
  • Rental properties - other
Estimated cost of living in and around the region of the health center (based on the monthly cost of a one bedroom apartment)

$501 – $1000/month

Recreational activities available in region
  • Amusement parks
  • Cultural events - Art galleries
  • Cultural events - Museums
  • Cultural events - Music venues
  • Cultural events - Theatre
  • Dining Out
  • Historical landmarks
  • Major metropolitan area access
  • Sightseeing
  • Sports, indoor - Gyms
  • Sports, indoor - Tennis
  • Sports, outdoor - Biking
  • Sports, outdoor - Camping
  • Sports, outdoor - Golfing
  • Sports, outdoor - Hiking
  • Sports, outdoor - Horseback riding
  • Sports, outdoor - Hunting
  • Sports, outdoor - Mountain activities (mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling)
  • Sports, outdoor - National park proximity
  • Sports, outdoor - Lake activities (boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming)
  • Sports, outdoor - Tennis

Additional Programs and Services

Medical Residency programs offered
Additional dental student training offered
Additional medical training programs offered
Additional dental activities
  • Preventive dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
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