Bangor dental clinic is seeing more patients after expansion of MaineCare coverage

A Bangor dental clinic that serves low-income patients has seen a flood of new patients who previously only sought care for painful dental emergencies in the two months since the state’s Medicaid program expanded to cover routine dental care.

The shift in patient makeup matches what Penobscot Community Health Care anticipated late last year and completely restructured its dental center to accommodate. That extensive restructuring included laying off nearly half of its employees and ending its dental residency program.

PCHC last November laid off 31 of its 65 dental center employees, including dentists, dental assistants, hygienists and technicians. Of those, nine reapplied to the center and were rehired.

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