Emergency Team Helped Dental Patients Through Months of Shutdown

When everything became ‘after hours,’ School of Dentistry faculty kept emergency care available.

Ask a person with a toothache to list “essential workers” and chances are “dentist” will top the list. So when most UMKC operations closed and moved online for the pandemic, some School of Dentistry faculty stayed on call for emergency patients.

“Three of us were used to taking turns answering emergency calls after hours,” said Dr. Cynthia Petrie, associate professor and chair of the Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences. “Suddenly, everything was ‘after hours,’ but we worked together to get our patients through the difficult time when the school closed.”

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