The American Association of Edodontists provided over $80,000 worth of free root canal treatment for fifty-five people who otherwise could not have afforded it, at its recent annual session in San Antonio in Texas.
David Phipps, executive director of the San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic (SACDC), which hosted the “Access to Care” project said “to do this many root canals in one day is phenomenal and it means so much to us…The AAE’s project is not only saving teeth, it is cutting six months from our waiting list.”
Keeping in line with Christian ministry, the SACDC had a very productive year in 2010. Helping 38,000 people along with the volunteer hours totalling $3.2 million, SACDC also boasts of having sixteen state-of-the-art operatories which all provide a full range of dental services.
The past-President of the SACDC, Dr. Clara M. Spatafore, said “Raising awareness of the importance of oral health care and improving access to that care are priorities of the entire dental community and the AAE is honoured to help support the work of the SACDC…The patients we treated may have had extractions if we weren’t able to help, but the AAE’s ‘Access to Care’ project will help them keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.”
With a hundred volunteers, this free offering obviously pleased the many who received the treatment. “I was a little bit worried when I came in” said Chandra Bhujel but she was very relieved that she came. “Now I don’t have any pain.” One other patient who attended was Charlotte Byrd and she shared Chandra’s thoughts. “I think the endodontist was very caring and concerned about my pain. I think he did not want me to feel any pain and I felt very comfortable in his care.”
With what seems like many more events planned in America, who knows what the future holds but the power of good which this has to offer the many that simply cannot afford dental treatment can never be underestimated.