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Backlog of Pediatric Dental Surgeries Continues to Grow


April 28, 2017
by Michael Crowe, WBIR

Children are suffering, and there’s nothing they can do — that’s the message from a group of East Tennessee dentists this week.

The group, headed by Dr. Richard Myers of Western Heights Dental, is concerned that TennCare is falling behind in covering dental surgeries for high-risk, low income children.

“This isn’t coming in and doing a little filling,” said Myers. “These are big time operations.”

When dentists need to work on many teeth, or a child has special needs and can’t stay still in a chair, dentists must work in a hospital’s operating room for the patient’s safety. The child is put under general anesthesia.

The only place to perform these procedures locally is East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, since Tennova stopped performing them last year.

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