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Dental Pilot Projects

The goal of the Dental Pilot Project Program is to encourage the development of innovative practices in oral health care delivery systems with a focus on providing care to populations that evidence-based studies have shown have the highest disease rates and the least access to dental care.


News and Announcements

Staffing for the Oversight and Advisory Committees has been completed.

Project Updates

  • Dental Pilot Project #200, "Training Dental Hygienists to Place Interim Therapeutic Restorations" has been approved.
  • Dental Pilot Project #100, "Oregon Tribes Dental Health Aide Therapist Pilot Project" has been approved.

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About our Work

Senate Bill 738, passed by the Oregon State Legislature in 2011, allows the Oregon Health Authority to approve dental pilot projects once an application has been approved. These projects are intended to evaluate quality of care, access, cost, workforce, and efficacy by:

  • Teaching new skills to existing categories of dental personnel
  • Developing new categories of dental personnel
  • Accelerating the training of existing categories of dental personnel
  • Teaching new oral health care roles to previously untrained persons

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