HONOLULU (February 1, 2018) - The dental clinic at Tripler Army Medical Center recently relocated to Fort Shafter where they will provide dental services to more than 4,200 active duty soldiers assigned to Fort Shafter, TAMC, Camp Smith Marine Corps Base, and other locations around the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

Now in a more purpose-built building for dentistry, the new location is a state-of-the-art 19 chair clinic with the capabilities to perform the full scope of dental care, from exams, fillings, cleanings, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, pathology and oral surgery.

"The Dental Corps mission is to directly support the readiness of the Army, and dental emergencies are some of the most common reasons for soldiers to not be able to complete their mission while downrange, where access to a dentist can be limited," said Capt. Patrick Ferguson, Dental Health Activity - Hawaii Public Affairs Officer. "That is why we put so much effort into treating as much as we can before sending our soldiers into austere environments."

The Fort Shafter Dental Clinic is open now and accepting appointments at building 339, Montgomery Road. Soldiers can schedule an appointment by calling 808-438-5554 / 5555. Office hours are Mondays 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday 7:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and sick call hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Clinic will remain at TAMC where specialists perform primarily surgery which can range from tooth extractions in the clinic to facial trauma in the operating room.

"Our new facilities will enable us to provide the best care to our service members," added Ferguson.

Employees are planning a grand-opening tentatively in April of this year where they will reveal the clinic's official new name.