Residents in St Albans in Australia are having to wait
for two years to get basic dental care and four years if they need dentures.
The Victoria State Government's latest figures show that
the waiting times for getting access to general dental care are way above
Dr Mark Bowman, president of the Australian Dental
Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB), admitted that waiting times had become
concerning, "The consequence of these extended delays is that treatment needs
that could be addressed by simple restorative measures become much more
complex, or worse, become so extreme, that extraction or hospitalization is
required," he said.
He said that least
$300 million was needed in funds to meet government targets.