Commonwealth Dental Clinic was established to fill a surprisingly large void in dental care in Roanoke and the surrounding area. Over 33,000 adults in Roanoke City alone do not have access to dental care because of financial reasons, and rely on charity or Medicaid for their dental care (US Census Bureau 2008-2010, Roanoke Valley Community Health Needs Assessment 2012).
Often times, patients must travel out of town or wait long periods of time in pain and poor dental health before they can find someone to help them. Charity clinics and hospital systems are heavily relied upon, but cannot come close to keeping pace. The number of private practices serving this community need is very limited.
Conceived by Dr. Greg Harvey and Josh Nelson of Blue Ridge Dental Group, Commonwealth Dental Clinic will seek to fill this void in care. Dr. Harvey and Mr. Nelson determined that a financially sustainable clinic (requiring no government grants or volunteer work) was a viable option. Mr. Gary Helton, formerly of Carilion’s Dental Clinic, has since joined the leadership team to manage the clinic.
Commonwealth Dental Clinic is housed in a newly renovated and technologically up-to-date facility conveniently located between Downtown Roanoke and Carilion’s Roanoke Memorial Hospital at 1121 S. Jefferson Street. Dr. Greg Harvey and Dr. Tom Gallaher (of Blue Ridge Dental Group’s Salem office) will be providing Dental Medicaid services such as comprehensive and emergency exams, digital x-rays, extractions, and infection control. Low cost dentures will also be available, but is not a covered service by Medicaid.