The Fundy Dental Community Project
The Fundy Dental Centre is launching a new community-minded program to help reach out to Annapolis Valley residents in need of dental services but who are without the financial means to access the appropriate treatment at full cost.
“When you have good teeth it is easy to take it for granted that there are many people that do not,” says dentist Scott Schofield. “At the emergency clinic we see a higher proportion of the population that cannot afford preventative dental care, and only seek treatment when the last resort is extracting a tooth (or even just a prescription for pain killers and antibiotics).”
The Fundy Dental Community Project (FDCP) is a new program with the intent of helping motivated, low-income community members to gain control of their dental health. FDCP has just recently launched at Fundy Dental Centre in Coldbrook. Aimed at helping those who have significant dental disease negatively impacting their lives, but who are unable to carry the cost of the appropriate treatment, the program will offer the services of local dentists at a fraction of the cost. Rather than the full regular cost of services, Fundy Dental will offer treatments through this program at a nominal fee, based on the hours of dental work necessary. The scope of treatment will aim to offer patients general preventative dental services and basic restorative treatment. This will allow them to move forward with better dental health and a better understanding of what they need to do to maintain it.
“The FDCP was developed to reach these under-served persons with the greatest dental need and financial constraints, hopefully before it comes to the last resort of removing all their teeth” Schofield explains. Extractions, fillings, root canals, partial dentures, and complete dentures are all included in the FDCP services offered.