USS Comstock LSD 45, United States Navy
DDS, New York Univer- sity College of Dentistry; AEGD, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
As the Dental Department head aboard a Naval ship tasked with launching amphibious assault vehicles, Dr. Dehmer is responsible for making sure that every sailor onboard is ready for deployment.
“The artistic part: taking previously defective restorations or tooth structure and making them work functionally, aesthetically and for the patient’s overall health.”
CAD/CAM. Dr. Dehmer says the dental labs that supply the Navy now use CAD/CAM technology, helping to reduce wait times for restorations.
Time. Naval supplies must go through a number of channels before they reach Dr. Dehmer, a process that can take a while. “It may take four weeks to get a crown back from the laboratory,” he says.
“It can be a bit weird to see your patients day in and day out,” Dr. Dehmer says. “It’s weird doing surgery on someone and then seeing them later that day or the next day. They may joke, ‘Oh, I’m sore!’ And I say, ‘I know — I took your teeth out.’ ”
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