Our community dental service exists to complement the hospital and general or ‘high street’ dental services, by providing care to the most vulnerable members of our communities.
Our community dental team are based at the Ironstone Centre and the Ashby Clinic in Scunthorpe and St Hughs Avenue and Cromwell Road in North East Lincolnshire. In addition to providing treatment for those patients who have difficulty accessing treatment elsewhere another remit of the service is to monitor and improve the dental health of the local population.
Who we treat
Our staff offer dental care to children with high levels of dental problems, people with special needs and the elderly. Wheelchair users and bariatric patients can also be accommodated and we have the facilities to offer conscious sedation and general anaesthetic. Staff will, where necessary, undertake home visits for the purpose of alleviating pain and providing treatment to people who are unable to attend a hospital or community dental appointment.
Priority in the provision of oral health care is given to those disadvantaged groups who cannot or do not use the general dental service, this includes:
- Children with extensive disease
- Children from families who do not normally use the general dental service
- Adults and children who are disabled and or have a compromising medical problem which can both affect their oral health and the accessibility to dental services.
Patients with special needs
This group of patients includes those with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and mental health problems for whom dental care in the mainstream services is difficult as well as medically compromised patents needing dental care. Their dental needs should be met wherever practical from within the general dental services, however it is recognised that people with more severe disabilities may require to be referred to specialist services.
Our team aim to:
- Provide oral health promotion programmes
- Carry out epidemiological studies investigating the patterns of oral diseases in the local community
- Provide oral health care for people who would not, cannot or who have experienced difficulties in receiving treatment from the general dental service, such as those with special needs or children with high needs
- Provide treatment such as general anaesthesia, conscious sedation and orthodontics which is not usually available from the general dental service.
Referrals are accepted from other dentists, doctors, nurses, social workers and other related professionals.