The Fundy Dental Community program is designed to provide patients with limited income general preventative dental services and basic restorative treatment. Many ‘Phase 2’ treatment options (crowns, bridges, cast partial dentures, implants etc…) will not be provided through this program. Other than in special circumstances, the following dental services are provided in FDCP:
Extractions. A major aspect of this program is to relieve patients from sources of pain and infection. Teeth that require removal are included in this program, whether simple uncomplicated extractions or surgical removal of impacted teeth. Our dentists are all general dentists, however, and teeth that require removal by a Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgeon will not be eligible under this program.
Hygiene and Education. Once sources of pain and potential infection are removed, patients are required to have their teeth cleaned before other fillings are completed. This service is provided, as well as a significant amount of time will be taken to discuss how the patient/applicant found themselves in their current situation. Dental disease is preventable and the proper education and tools will be provided so patients can reduce their risk of progression of this disease in the future.
Minor Restorations. White filling (composite) and metal fillings (amalgam) are provided, as deemed appropriate by the dentist developing the treatment plan.
Root Canals. This option allows patients to save a tooth that otherwise would have to be extracted. Patients who qualify for this program are eligible to have anterior teeth, bicuspids and first molars retained with this option. A tooth must be restorable without immediate crown fabrication to qualify under this program. Second and third molars are not eligible for RCT in this program.
Direct Posts and Build-ups. Occasionally after root canal treatment a tooth requires a post and large filling to restore its shape and function. Direct posts with composite and amalgam cores will be provided when the tooth has predictable restorability.
Partial Dentures. Many people function well with missing teeth. However, missing front teeth (canine to canine) can often be a barrier to employment. Acrylic partial dentures to replace missing anterior teeth are eligible under the FDC program.
Complete Dentures. Immediate dentures are an eligible procedure under the FDC program for patients that have lost all their teeth in a single arch. New complete dentures are not an eligible procedure.
Sedation. One reason patients avoid dental treatment is due to anxiety. Sedation options are provided with this program. Patients must attempt oral sedative drugs or nitrous oxide gas initially, however, IV sedation is an option under special circumstances.
Appliances. In special circumstances custom appliances can be eligible in this program (retainers, night guards, mouth guards).
Find out more about the project. Read the full program description (Program Description)