University of Tennessee's College of Dentistry opens clinic in Chattanooga

Student dentists Cale Atteberry, left, and Michael Fesmire, right, work as dentist Srikar Vulugundam watches Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at the Dodson Avenue Community Health Center.
photo Student dentists Michael Fesmire, left, and Cale Atteberry study an X-ray before extracting a tooth Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at the Dodson Avenue Community Health Center.

IF YOU GO

› Where: Dodson Avenue Community Health Center› Where: 1200 Dodson Ave., Chattanooga› Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday› Contact: 423-778-2800

The head of UT's dental school is hopeful a new clinic staffed by dental students in Chattanooga will help convince newly graduated dentists to donate some of their time to those who can't afford dental care.

"When these same students go out to practice in the affluent suburbs, I hope they will donate a certain amount of time every month to people who don't have the finances to see a [dental] practitioner," said Timothy L.