What is it?
Dental professionals – including dentists, hygienists and dental specialists – address oral health needs, including cleaning teeth, filling cavities, extracting teeth, providing dentures, performing root canals, attaching crowns and carrying out orthodontic work.
Who is it for?
If you are registered as an active JBNQA beneficiary, you can receive free dental care and regular check-ups. Emergency services are also offered to non-beneficiaries, who then pay a fee for services.
Where is it offered?
Regular dental services are offered through the dental clinic at your local CMC, while specialized dental services are offered in Chisasibi, Mistissini and off-territory.
What services are included?
General dentistry services include regular dental check-ups, such as checking up on tooth cavities and overall mouth health, cleaning teeth, filling cavities, performing simple extractions, etc.
Specialized dental services are also available, including:
- Maxillofacial Surgery: the maxillofacial surgeon performs complex dental surgery, including biopsies in the case of suspected oral cancer;
- Endodontics: the endodontist performs root canals to clean the inside of the roots of a tooth that has died due to decay or infection;
- Prosthodontics: the prosthodontist makes and attaches crowns for teeth. The crown is a cap that looks like a tooth that can be glued on a badly broken tooth to protect it and restore its function;
- Orthodontics: the orthodontist corrects crooked teeth and jaws by using retainers, braces and other tools;
- Dentures: the denturologist makes dentures to replace missing teeth. Denturologist services are offered in the local CMC for the communities of Eastmain, Waskaganish, Wemindji, Chisasibi and Whapmagoostui. Clients from inland communities have their dentures done through a private clinic in Chibougamau.
How long does it last?
Regular dentist appointments generally last about one hour. Other procedures may be longer and may require extended follow-ups, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Therefore it is important to be on time so the dentist can devote the necessary time to your oral needs.
How can I get this service?
Contact your local CMC to make regular dental appointments.
In order to get specialist dental services, your dentist will need to put in a request with the CNIHB dental advisor. Then, you will be put on the waiting list for the specialized service until an appointment is confirmed with you.
Where can I learn more?
For more information, contact your local CMC dental clinic.