Filling the gap in the dental workforce
The dental workforce shortage affects all Kansans, whether it’s through higher costs for dental services, increased insurance premiums, or the growing burden of uncompensated care on community hospitals and clinics.
Dental therapists will be able to provide some of the same routine care dentists provide now at a fraction of the cost. Adding a dental therapist to the dental workforce frees up dentists to focus on the more complex procedures, allowing the entire team to operate more efficiently. This is especially beneficial for Kansas’ safety net clinics, which will be able to utilize state dollars more efficiently.