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Emergency Dental Clinic To Provide Help For Uninsured WNC Adults

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The Collins Dental Center will treat adult patients experiencing painful oral health issues beginning Sept. 27. The Collins Dental Center will treat adult patients experiencing painful oral health issues beginning Sept. 27.
COLUMBUS, N.C. -

Whether you like the dentist or not going to see one is a privilege.

Just ask those working at the Collins Dental Center which has been serving uninsured patients, ages 0-21 since 2007.

“It is fulfilling. We are offering them somewhere they can come and be treated,” said Dr. Dale McClean.

Staff at the Collins Dental Center will soon be able to help even more. Adults suffering from oral health problems will be able to come in as well, despite their ability to pay.

The center is starting an "Adult Emergency Clinic that will be open every Friday, beginning Sept. 27.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 42 percent of Americans lack dental care.

So where do uninsured adults go with oral problems?

Dr. McClean says many show up in the emergency room.

“That is another thing we hope to alleviate, because the emergency rooms don't treat the patients. They might get them on some antibiotics or some pain killers, but that is just a band-aid."

Brandi Holland knows that firsthand. Her brother can't afford to see a dentist.

With the opening of the new clinic, she says now he can and will.

“He wanted to be one of the first ones to be seen,” said Holland who is dental assistant tech at the Collins Dental Center.

The clinic was created out of need for those living in Polk and Rutherford counties.

Officials say appointments are recommended. You must call Monday-Thursday to pre-qualify.

Dr. McClean is already expecting a busy first day with about 15 people on the books.

“We are not going to dwell on what they didn't do in the past.”

Instead Dr. McClean says they will focus on giving patients a new smile and a better future.

If you need to go:

  • The Adult Emergency Clinic is designed for people, ages 21 and older experiencing dental pain that has persisted for days without relief which may or may not be accompanied with swelling.
  • Must be a resident of Polk or Rutherford County.
  • Have Medicaid or be uninsured.
  • Appointments can be made by calling the Collins Dental Center at (828) 894-3120.

 

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