Snake River Community Clinic to Begin Offering Expanded Dental Services | Idaho

LEWISTON – Snake River Community Clinic is launching a dental operatory that will provide expanded free dental services for the uninsured and under-insured in the region, the clinic has announced.

“The new dental operatory is a beautiful modern space with which the community can be proud,” says Heidi Burford-Bell, Clinic Director. “Patients will at once feel the caring investment and deep commitment to providing access to quality dental services.”

In addition to basic dental care and treatment, the new operatory will provide the opportunity for patients to receive fillings, extractions, fluoride treatments, routine cleanings, x-rays, consults for crowns and restorations, as well as denture referrals. The clinic’s in-house lab provides blood testing and analysis on site.

“Improving the oral health of the community with free restorative dental services helps businesses, improves mental health, decreases emergency room visits, and improves health equity in the Lewis Clark valley and the region,” said Burford-Bell.

Funding for the new operatory was funded by Delta Dental. The funding will provide panoramic digital imaging, a DCI Edge Dental Chair with an air/water/suction station, and a sterilization station.

The Snake River Community Clinic is a free clinic that provides medical, dental, and behavioral health for the uninsured and under-insured in the Lewis Clark Valley and outlying areas. The clinic serves individuals and families that do not have insurance, are below 250% of the federal poverty level, have only catastrophic insurance, or are waiting to establish care with a Medicaid/Medicare provider.

Thanks to the help of professional volunteers, health pathways students, and community donors, this clinic operates 3 days a week for most of the year.

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