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Wyoming House of Representatives

February 15, 2016

Memo

 

To: Sixty-Third Wyoming House of Representatives
From: Gary W. Vollan L.D.
  P.O. Box 332
  Basin, Wyoming 82410-0332
Date: February 11, 2016
Re:  

Professional Recognition for Wyoming Denturists

   

Representative, thank you for your service. I’m a trained and educated denturist. I started in the dental profession in 1973 as a U.S. Navy dental technician, decorated for service as a Vietnam Veteran. I have three associate degrees, one as a dental lab tech and two in the denturist profession. I have a bachelor’s degree from the U. of Wyoming’s Leadership and Natural Resource program. I’m a licensed Oregon denturist (1993), keeping the required CE’s for maintaining my license thru June of 2016. My credentials will be provided upon request.

This is my eighth year in practice here at Dr. Nelson and Page, P.C., which includes Drs. Gilman, and Basse here in Worland.  I have been to a number of dental offices outside a protective, competitive, radius looking for more work due to the populous limitations in removable oral prostheses (dentures and partials) over the past eight years in Worland. Dentists in Cody and Powell, who have expressed interest in my skills, have expressed fear of opposition from the Wyoming Dental Board if they hire me. So I haven’t found any work outside the Worland area after three years of looking. I need more work. I have student loans to repay along with meeting the needs of my children.

Please consider voting for HB0144 for recognition of the denturist profession here in Wyoming, encouraging other denturist to come to Wyoming for jobs. Currently there are two denture technicians working with dentists in Wyoming who are interested in pursuing the educational requirements to be denturists. Some other points of interest follow.

  • Denturists and their specialty; being trained and educated in providing a service which saves dentists chairtime, for restorative, emergency, and time for children’s dental care, especially in rural Wyoming with limited dentists and large case loads.
  • Denturists do procedures and related activities pertaining to design, construction and fitting of removables (dentures and partials) for the fully or partially edentulous patient. Denturists communicate removables relating to patient needs.
  • Denturists encourage dentists to work with the elderly edentulous patient; having a denturist specialist to deal with problem cases, economic barriers, and Medicaid in reference to removables. Most dentists would rather work other segments of dentistry. Many dentists find removables time consuming with limited revenue. Time and money are saved due to the denturist’s productive service. Most patients can’t afford prosthodontists.
  • The edentulous population will continue to level off for decades, due to the public health epidemic of periodontal disease and the need for more “preventive” dental education in the lower elementary grades; showing the need for a bigger dental workforce not just in Wyoming but nationally; which should include denturists, dental therapists, and more independence for the hygienists; an outstanding profession.

 

 

References:

http://www.oregondenturist.org/professionals/becoming-a-denturist/
http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Denturist/LicenseRequirements
http://www.bates.ctc.edu/denturist
http://americandenturistcollege.uberflip.com/i/458290-cohort-7-winter-2016-school-catalog-r1
https://denturist.wordpress.com/

http://nationaldenturist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/NDA_Winter_2015_Magazine.pdf

http://nationaldenturist.com/events

http://www.wyomingstatedenturistassociation.org/

https://twitter.com/denturist2th

Fragmentize the Dental Professions to Meet the Oral Healthcare Needs of Americans

November 16, 2013

 

Too many Americans deal with little or no oral healthcare until the onset of aggressive periodontitis and pain; limiting their treatment options.

We need dental hygienists at schools and public health facilities. We need independent practices for dental hygienists nationally, so hygienists can have the freedom to work independently on the public health level providing services where needed, especially for oral health education in the early years of the public school systems.

We need dental therapists/dental health aide therapists for extended hands on dental procedures through dental teams working convalescent/retirement facilities, prisons, and Indian reservations.

We need denturists, providing removable oral prostheses care and referral services; freeing up dental chairtime for children, emergency, and restorative care.

We need more rural community health/dental clinics including mobile dental units traveling to rural areas.

We need ADA to change its existing ill-fated and outdated polices currently in place on workforce issues and exchange them for common sense policy recommendations by the U.S. Surgeon Generals and other oral health organizations.

Gary W. Vollan L.D. State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association, www.wysda.org

https://twitter.com/denturist2th

Keeping Dental Problems Out of the Emergency Room

March 2, 2012

Keeping Dental Problems Out of the Emergency Room.

http://reforminghealth.org/2012/02/29/keeping-dental-problems-out-of-the-emergency-room/

We are in need of more community dental clinics across our nation. Corporate ADA has power and money to change the current dental care delivery system for the better if Americans would speak out against the American Dental Associations deceiving and pacifying public relations campaign for a better public image.

The American Dental Association’s lack of leadership, mismanagement, and decades of irreversible trends, some being history while others continue today; is the leading factor for unmet dental needs in our nation. These trends and policies include racial and gender discrimination, unnecessary extractions and placement of dentures as a treatment plan, mandated and excessive use of fluoride, the use of mercury in restorations and ADA policies which prevent Americans from receiving oral healthcare by suppressing qualified competitors that provide oral health services to those with disparities.

The American Dental Association works against its own vision and mission statement by suppressing competition that has been trained and educated in providing oral health care services to those that are unable to pay the high prices charged by dentist, leaving Americans without needed dental care.

The American Dental Association’s waste of time and money, spent on lobbying and ADA’s strong arm tactics against competitors such as denturists, dental health aide therapists, and independent practices of dental hygienists needs to change for better production in meeting the oral health needs of Americans.

 This wasted money could be used in further educating the professions ADA fights against in alleviating ADA’s bogus public safety concerns. Corporate ADA could take portions of the millions of dollars it uses for lobbying and fighting against its competitors and instead, send each state, grants to compensate dentists who except Medicaid recipients. The American Dental Association could provide grants for dental programs in community healthcare centers across America. This would greatly improve our Nations oral healthcare concerns and unmet dental needs.  

Gary W. Vollan L.D.        

State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association

www.wysda.org

 

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Dentists Oppose Wyoming Denturist Bill SF49 Moving Forward

February 4, 2011

Wyoming Denturist Bill SF49 Moving Forward February 4, 2011

The hearing Monday for the denturist bill, SF49 went well with Senator Geis testifying, then Representative Quarberg, and then myself. The room was full of dentists and their associates. As expected they gave unsupportive testimony for denturist and oral health issues, yet the state dental boards and the American Dental Association continues to allow oral piercings to take place in our children’s mouths across our Nation. Denturists do no invasive or irreversible procedures.

The dentists once again attacked our denturist education program at Bates Technical School as not being accredited knowing that the American Dental Association’s accreditation agency, CODA, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (seal of approval), will not accredit a denturist program. There was no mention that Bates is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which is a division of the U.S. Department of Education. The dentists accused the denturist profession of being in a non-progressive state; this being in response to Chairman Scott asking two of the dentists, “with Montana and Idaho and four other states regulating denturists, what was their opinion of the future of the denturist profession”. Chairman Scott suggested that the dentist find ways to make this work, the dentists responded that there wasn’t a need for denturists and they weren’t interested.

The dentists that testified represented the Wyoming Dental Board, the Wyoming Dental Association and one dentist referred to his generational decades of dental practice. Not one dentist mentioned denturist legislation introduced in Kentucky and other states like Maine that improves the existing denture delivery system. They never mentioned, the court cases taking place across our nation, with denturists and their families fighting state dental boards so they can provide denturists services they’ve been trained and educated to provide. They didn’t mention the progressive state of our graduates from Bates and the denturist colleges across Canada that work with community clinics and convalescent centers in regulated states, to provide affordable denture care. They didn’t mention the many denture laboratory technicians across our Nation who work for dentists for low competitive fees; having to bushwhack dentures on the side to friends and friends of friends so they’re able to make a living.

The dentists that testified never mentioned the many economically disadvantaged people that would never step across their dental office threshold for denture care because they know they can’t afford their denture services but these same people will go to the denturist. The dentists did not mention that denturists are on the front lines of oral health care in recognizing healthy tissue and referring these people out to a dentists, oral surgeons or medical doctors that will empathize with their economic situation. The dentists didn’t mention the states work associated with the success and reputation of regulating the denturist profession, that includes referral service between denturists and other professions, licensing, compliance, and continuing education all working together for the patients best interest. This is all about a progressive profession.

After the testimonies the vote was to make amendments to the bill then take a vote on Wednesday. The bill was trimmed down to denturist working with dentists and denturists have to be licensed as denturists and it was passed out of committee with a 3 to 2 vote. It goes to the Senate floor Friday, to be voted on. It isn’t much when it passes in representing the needs of affordable denture care because we will be under the dentists overhead, however, quality denture care will be addressed and as most denturists know, quality denture care is a shortcoming for most dentists. They don’t have the chair-time that is needed for dentures. So please consider this as an opportunity, a foot in the door for denturists who want to live in Wyoming. I see it as a reason to celebrate; the Wyoming State Legislator’s recognition of the denturist profession. The Wyoming Silver Haired Legislators have worked hard to lobby the cause. Representative Quarberg and Senator Geis have worked hard to bring the bill forward for the sixth legislative session and I’m thankful to the Senate, Labor, Health and Social Service Committee. A good number of Wyoming people have worked hard to show the need for the denturist profession. There is still a lot of work to do after SF49 passes. I’m a praying man and I’m ready to go to work.

Gary W. Vollan L.D.
http://www.wysda.org

Denturists Persecuted by the American Dental Association

July 23, 2009

 

Despite being persecuted by the American Dental Association, denturists continue to push for the right to provide oral health screenings and referral services for those in need of denture care. The denturist is qualified to provide oral health screenings and referrals. With the nation wide shortage of dentist and the high cost of denture care by dentists; denture care by denturists has proven to be a safe alternative denture delivery system in six states in the U.S. and across Canada. Denturists are required to obtain education and training in oral health at an accredited college.

Denturists serve all segments of the public, especially people in nursing homes and those with disparities, providing accessible and affordable quality denture care. This is an opportunity for oral health wellness to be recognized by a qualified, educated denturist and referral services provided in the event that abnormalities are found.  The denturist plays a crucial part in alleviating the aftermath of the shortage of dentists by freeing up valuable chair time for restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dental care for children and adults across our nation.

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) statement on oral health care includes policy recommendations. Excerpts from AADR policy statement released July 14, 2009, titled “Oral Health Care within Healthcare Reform,” [1] include the following.

  • “Recent dental research findings are uncovering the full extent to which oral health is linked to general health.” [1]
  •  “However, advances in care and treatment models have not been shared equally by all Americans, and the physical and economic burden of oral disease continues to outweigh that of other more commonly covered diseases and conditions.” [1]

“In 2000, the U.S. Surgeon General called the nation’s attention to the importance of oral health with the landmark report “Oral Health in America.” The report recognized the associations between oral health and general health and called upon policy makers to “build an effective health infrastructure that meets the oral health needs of all Americans and integrates oral health effectively into overall health”. Nearly a decade later, it’s time to respond to the Surgeon General.” [1] & [2]

The American Dental Association needs to respond to AADR’s report and the Surgeon General’s report to “build an effective health infrastructure that meets the oral health needs of all Americans and integrates oral health effectively into overall health”.[2] Trained and educated in oral health and referral services; denturists need the freedom to serve the people of this Nation who are in need of denture care, without being suppressed by the American Dental Association’s purse strings to lobbyist and ADA’s heavy handedness of persecution against denturists.

Gary W. Vollan, L.D., Coordinator for the Wyoming State Denturist Association   www.wysda.org                                                                                           

 

 


[1] The American Association for Dental Research (AADR), Statement on Oral Health Care within Health Care  Reform. Retrieved July 15, 2009, from  http://www.iadr.org/files/public/09June_AADRPolicyStatement.pdf

[2] A Report of the Surgeon General (2000). “Oral Health in America”    http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/oralhealth/nationalcalltoaction.html

Denturists and American People in Need vs. American Dental Association Policies

January 6, 2008

“Regulating the denturist profession across the Nation in providing affordable denture care for the economically disadvantaged is the little thing we can do to make a big difference in the wellness of people. People are healthier and more productive when they have a denture that functions properly.”  Gary W. Vollan L.D. 

The balance of the working relationship between the dentist and denture technician has always tipped more favorably on the side of the dentist than the denture technician.

A number of denture technicians moved forward in the profession by becoming denturist because of the expectations of being the dentist’s counter-part but rarely with the denture technician receiving the deserved gratitude of those expectations.

Instead we worked long hours (not by choice), didn’t get paid for those long hours which usually involved remakes due to error of the dentist or assistant doing procedures.

 

Our jobs as denture technicians were usually held over our heads for us to jump, reach, and grab at, while the dentist decided which dental lab they would use if and when we complained or insisted that things be done differently and maybe even getting paid for the 60 or 90 day past due lab invoice.

 

As a denturist I enjoy my work. I enjoy the working relationship of a chosen dentist or oral surgeon for referral services for my patients.

 

The good fight is not with any current or past dentist. I’ve worked with some good dentist as a denture lab technician and as a denturist. A good majority of the dentist would rather spend their chairtime in restorative and cosmetic dentistry not dentures.

 

So what’s the problem? Corporate ADA. The American Dental Association’s big money politics, waste and not being able to relate to the dental needs of the people. It’s nothing different than what denture technicians and denturist have always dealt with as the counter-part of the dental profession.

 

Corporate ADA has no faith in its ability to provide for the dental needs of the American public. Even as denture technicians, we have always known we we’re better at being able to meet the denture needs of the American public and the American Dental Association knows it. We are a thorn in ADA’s side and they want us gone.

 

The American Dental Association has in place, a number of build up and award programs for dental lab technicians for good reason and then it supports outsourcing of dental prostheses. Something’s not right with this picture.

 

It’s one thing to pay pennies to the dental lab technician for dental prostheses but yet another thing to outsource the work away from the mom and pop dental labs across  America.

 

More and more people are doing without dental care because of ADA’s policy making. They spend 10’s of thousands of dollars for meetings to establish these policies that are leaving more and more people without dental care.

 

The policies discriminating against the economically disadvantaged Americans are those that are directed at stopping denturist, dental health aides and independent practices for dental hygienist.  The American Dental Association sends money to state dental associations with expectation that the state associations will uphold ADA’s policies but in turn it’s a negative reflection on the state associations because their using the money for reasons other than meeting the dental needs of the people of the state.

 

The American Dental Association could better serve the dental needs of the American people by giving the dental hygienists the freedom of their own boards and independent practices so they can better serve the preventive needs of the American people by serving in the area of public health.

 

Corporate ADA can take the necessary steps to establish boards for independent practice of the denturist profession and the dental health aides across the Nation. This would free up dentist to use their eight or more years of schooling and experience in extensive restorative dentistry and specialty areas of dentistry.

 

It would direct the need for more money for education for all areas of the dental profession. This would create more qualified doctors and less of the unethically inclined dentists that are in practice today due to dental school programs one size fit all level of the DDS degree.

 

Dental health aides or therapist would serve the same level that a physician’s assistant serves today. The American Dental Association would organize and regulate dentistry and associated professions across America to better meet the dental care needs of all people.

 

People need to get on the American Dental Association internet site and do a watch dog of the programs in place and see the money that’s wasted. It’s disgraceful, with the number of Americans doing without dental care. You’d think with all the money, power, and intellect the American Dental Association has it would do things differently.

 

Please consider this critique of corporate ADA.

Thank you—Gary W. Vollan L.D.

http://www.wysda.org      307-568-2047