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Wisconsin Clinic Looks to Dental Therapists to Solve Patient Backlog

In Green Bay, Wisconsin, a dental clinic faces significant appointment backlog, with wait times stretching for months due to high demand for dental services in northeast Wisconsin. To address this issue, the CEO of N.E.W. Community Clinic, Kim Franzen, sees promise in a new state law permitting the licensing of dental therapists, a new class of midlevel practitioners. Dental therapists can perform tasks, such as restorative care, alleviating the clinic’s backlog. The clinic primarily serves uninsured patients, those with inadequate insurance, Medicaid recipients, or individuals meeting income criteria. With the introduction of dental therapists, the clinic aims to make dental care more accessible to vulnerable populations. Click here to read more.

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