Among the biggest expenses at Boscobel’s InHealth Adult Dental Clinic is the high cost of dental equipment. That’s why Dental Coordinator Maureen Koehl was so excited to learn the grant she recently wrote for Delta Dental resulted in the dental insurer donating $9,000 to the clinic for the purchase of a ProCart III mobile treatment console.
“The old machine was completely worn out, so this was a welcome addition to the clinic,” Koehl said.
The clinic provides tooth extractions, fillings and dentures to low income residents of Grant and Crawford counties—and it’s been busy—with 316 patient visits in 2013. Retired Lancaster dentist Dr. Philip Wegmann volunteers his services on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Last year he fitted 104 patients with dentures. There were also 346 teeth extracted in 2013.
“We had a woman in here for dentures and she told me when she got home and looked in the mirror she just broke down in tears,” Wegmann recalls. “She couldn’t believe she could look so good.”
The InHealth Adult Dental Clinic has been open since 2000 and is located in the basement of the Associated Balance & Hearing Clinic at 109 E. Bluff St. Patients pay about half the cost of what Grant County dentists charge, or a co-pay with BadgerCare.
Registration takes place after 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, with patients seen Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-4. There is currently a three-week backlog.
“The need is so great and the resources so scarce,” says Koehl, who found only two dentists out of 60 from La Crosse to Madison willing to accept BadgerCare. For more information on the InHealth Adult Dental Clinic, contact Koehl at 485-3047.