Friends of the Dental School: Update on the Hunt School of Dental Medicine - Dec. 3, 2020

Virtual Tour, Update on Hunt School of Dental Medicine To Be Given During Facebook Live Broadcast


  • What: Facebook Live broadcast from Hunt School of Dental Medicine
  • When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020
  • Where: TTUHSC El Paso's Facebook page at


The public is invited to hear the latest updates on the Hunt School of Dental Medicine from the Friends of the Dental School. The update, along with a virtual tour of the dental school’s state-of-the-art facilities, will be broadcast live on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Facebook page.

Richard Black, D.D.S., M.S., dean of the Hunt School of Dental Medicine, and Vernon Burke, D.M.D., M.D., of High Desert Oral and Facial Surgery, will provide an update on the dental school, Dental Learning Center and the Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic during the broadcast.

Following the update, viewers will get a sneak peek virtual tour of the school’s public dental clinic and the Dental Learning Center located on the third floor of Medical Sciences Building II, the latest addition to the TTUHSC El Paso campus which will house the Hunt School of Dental Medicine.

After the virtual tour, Drs. Black and Burke will answer questions from public on Facebook Live. Members of the media may ask questions following the Facebook Live broadcast.

The Hunt School of Dental Medicine is the first dental school to open in Texas in over 50 years and the only in West Texas and the Paso del Norte region. In 2017, only 50% of El Paso residents visited a dentist and in El Paso County, there’s only one dentist for every 4,545 residents, compared to the national average of one dentist for every 1,639. TTUHSC El Paso’s mission is dedicated to addressing these disparities by educating the future of health care and providing world class patient care. 

As the first dental school on the U.S.-Mexico border and fourth in Texas, the Hunt School of Dental Medicine will welcome its inaugural class in 2021. Students will train in the Dental Learning Center, which will feature 80 stations equipped with high-tech simulation manikins and a fabrication lab for crafting dental appliances using 3D scanners and advanced CAD/CAM machines.

The Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic is a 38,000-square-foot clinic equipped with 130 treatment chairs. It will be the clinical arm of the new Hunt School of Dental Medicine and is expected to be a top dental-care destination for the public, as well as TTUHSC El Paso faculty, staff and their families.

The Hunt School of Dental Medicine offers a unique education for students through culturally competent, hands-on training and an introduction to early clinical experiences among a diverse population. As part of curriculum requirements, dental students learn medical Spanish, allowing them to bridge language and cultural barriers to deliver the highest quality of oral health care.