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Keeping Airmen ready, one tooth at a time

Keeping Airmen ready, one tooth at a time

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brittany Ponce-Faust, left, and Kim Quezada, both 7th Aerospace Medicine Squadron dental technicians, administratively processes patients and answers appointment phone calls at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 29, 2017. The dental clinic’s mission is to ensure Airmen are always medically cleared to deploy by keeping Airmen up-to-date on dental appointments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class April McAnally)

Keeping Airmen ready, one tooth at a time

Steven Harris, 7th Aerospace Medicine Squadron sterilization technician, prepares a dental kit with sanitized utensils at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 28, 2017. There are approximately 50 dental kits prepared daily for dental technicians and dentists to use; each kit contains the necessary tools to use for a patient’s appointment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class April McAnally)

Keeping Airmen ready, one tooth at a time

A computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) system makes a patient’s crown at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 28, 2017. Once a crown is made, it goes through a process of proper grinding to fit the patient’s tooth, a porcelain furnace that will harden the crown, a staining if the crown needs to match the patient’s tooth and finally the dentist will perform a crown-cementing procedure on the patient’s tooth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class April McAnally)

Keeping Airmen ready, one tooth at a time

Valarie Davidson, 7th Aerospace Medicine Squadron dental technician, performs a routine teeth cleaning on Master Sgt. Scott McDaniel at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 29, 2017. On average, the 7th AMDS performs approximately 14,000 procedures a year, which range from routine teeth cleanings to simple root canals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class April McAnally)

Keeping Airmen ready, one tooth at a time

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Tucker, 7th Aerospace Medicine Squadron dental technician, creates a patient’s dental mold at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 29, 2017. A molding of the patient’s teeth is needed, so that a dentist can look at that particular mold and see whether a filling, crown or other procedure needs to be done. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class April McAnally)

Keeping Airmen ready, one tooth at a time

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jacob Hustad, 7th Aerospace Medicine Squadron dentist, left, performs a wisdom tooth removal surgery with assistance from Airman 1st Class Jua Jones, 7th AMDS dental technician at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 28, 2017. The dental clinic offers emergency services 24/7 and sick call for patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class April McAnally)

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