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Dentistry

Head of Dentistry: Dr. Lucie Papineau

The Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay would like to congratulate Dr. Lucie Papineau, Head of the Dentistry Department, for her newly received certification in Leadership and Management obtained at the Montreal Institute of Leadership in Management in November 2014.

Dentistry services available in the communities

The dental clinics are well equipped to provided emergency services as well as standard dental procedures such as cleaning, filling, x-ray and extraction.

Treatments that require many visits, such as crowns, orthodontics (braces) and endodontics (root canals) must be done by a permanent dentist or through a referral to a specialist coming to the community nearest to where you live.

At the moment, all treatments under general anesthesia are provided in Montreal and will be organized by the dental clinic and in collaboration with Montreal Cree Patient Services (CPS). Wait times for this type of treatment can be long (about 6 months).

Make an appointment

To make an appointment, call the dental clinic in your community at the numbers below.

Chisasibi: 2 permanent dentists, 2 dental hygienists, 3 dental assistants
For an appointment call: 819-855-9024

Eastmain: 1 permanent dentist, 1 assistant
For an appointment call: 819-977-0378

Mistissini: 2 permanent dentists, 2 dental hygienists, 3 dental assistants
For an appointment call:418-923-2338

Nemaska: 1 permanent dentist, 1 assistant
For an appointment call: 819-673-2511

Oujé-Bougoumou: 1 permanent dentist, 1 assistant
For an appointment call: 419-745-3901 ext.276

Waskaganish: 1 permanent dentist, 1 assistant
For an appointment call: 819-895-8908

Waswanipi: 1 permanent dentist, 1 assistant
For an appointment call: 819-753-2448

Wemindji: 1 permanent dentist, 1 assistant
For an appointment call: 819-978-0341

Whapmagoostui: 1 permanent dentist, 1 assistant
For an appointment call:819-929-3517

Specialists

For specialist treatments, patients from inland communities must travel to Mistissini, and patients from coastal communities must travel to Chisasibi. Your local dental clinic will help you in making these arrangements.

  • An orthodontist visits Chisasibi and Mistissini 8 times a year.
  • An oral surgeon visits the communities of Chisasibi and Mistissini twice a year.
  • A root canal specialist visits Chisasibi and Mistissini 2 or 3 times a year.

What’s covered?

As First Nations, Cree Beneficiaries do not have to pay for most dental treatments available in their communities or through referrals from their local dental clinic. Most of these costs are covered under the Cree Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (CNIHB). Check with your local Band Council if you are not sure if you are registered as a Cree Beneficiary under the JBNQA.

If you have any questions about what’s covered and what’s not covered, call your local dental clinic or consult the CNIHB clerk at your community CMC.

Some procedures, such as orthodontics and crowns, require pre-approval from the Head of Dentistry of the CBHSSJB, and some procedures are not covered: for example, cosmetic procedures such as veneers and bleaching.

Visiting a dentist outside the Cree territory

Cree Beneficiaries must always consult with the dental clinic in your community before getting a dental treatment outside the Territory. If you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the treatment, your treatment must be pre-approved and you will have to provide your original receipt for the dental work.

If you are a registered Cree Beneficiary living outside the Territory (for example a student), you must contact the Cree NIHB office of the CBHSSJB in Chisasibi before having any dental work done outside the Territory.

Community members who are not Cree Beneficiaries

If you are not a registered Cree Beneficiary under the JBNQA, you will be asked to pay for dental services. Ask the clinic for an official CBHSSJB receipt so that you can claim part of these costs under your insurance plan.