New Utah Dental School Opens $36 Million Facility

Posted on April 10, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY -- Students at the University of Utah's new School of Dentistry are now able to practice in a new $36 million facility.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/1NWNLud) that the university on Wednesday marked the opening of the 85,000-square-foot Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building. Students have already started using the facility to practice on live patients for the first time.

The building is a 62-chair clinic with a pediatric suite that will serve Utahns who are unable to afford dental work.

It will also give students hands-on experience following work with dummy patients.

The Noorda family donated $30 million for the building's construction.

Tye Noorda was a former model who fell and lost her front teeth. It was a while before she was able to afford the work to fix them.

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