DENTAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Free Clinic of Central Virginia’s (FCCV) Dental
Program provides extensive check ups, dental hygiene appointments,
restoration appointments (“filling of cavities”), and extraction
appointments as general, regular services for its clients. It has also
begun very limited endodontic and denture appointments, which are only
offered to long-term patients (6-12 months) who have been eligible for
Free Clinic services for a period of time. Eligibility for the basic
services is based on income level and lack of health insurance for these
HERE for detailed eligibility
In addition to restorations (“filling of cavities”) and extractions, the FCCV is different from other dental clinics because we also provide regular dental hygiene services. These are mostly completed in the daytime with dental hygiene students from the VCU School of Dentistry. The FCCV will expand its offerings for dental hygiene services/appointments with a new volunteer program in Spring 2013. It is strongly confirmed by the literature that a preventative service such as dental hygiene is an important facet of good overall dental care.
Importantly, the Free Clinic collaborates with the Lynchburg Dental Society, which has provided over 70 volunteer dentists to give direct services for patients or to serve as mentors/professors to the dental students. Centra Health Inc provides free student housing and discounted meal plans at VBH for these visiting groups. The Free Clinic has educational partnerships with the Virginia Commonwealth School of Dentistry, Howard University School of Dentistry, and other dental programs to provide many “slots” for Central Virginia patients with these student externs, who complete their rotations at the clinic.
The FCCV will accept Medicare and Medicaid
patients in the dental program based on household income. The reason for
this is two fold: 1) Medicare and Medicaid do not generally “cover”
dental services in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and 2) There is only
one other very small indigent care dental provider physically located in
Central Virginia at this time. The need for dental assistance is far too
great to exclude any of these persons from basic dental services at this
There are NOT usually any patients on our waiting list for basic dental assistance. We are able to “work in” dental emergencies that we are capable of handling on an “as needed” basis. Usually, a patient in need of urgent care can be accommodated within a matter of days. We do have periods during the year (i.e. student school vacation periods) when the actual time to get a routine appointment “stretches out” to 4-5 weeks. Over the years, we have reduced these waiting periods with the CVCC partnership for Dental Hygiene, the Blue Ridge Medical Clinic partnership for dental services, and NOW FULL summer services from VCU School of Dentistry & Howard University School of Dentistry students.
As indicated above, the Free Clinic can accommodate individuals into the program for urgent care, but it still needs more appointment slots in order to meet the full needs of the Central Virginia population and/or continue to expand the current specialty service offerings to patients. We continue to work toward this goal of providing an increased, broader capacity for our patients!
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