Dental Care for full-time missionaries while they Serve

Dear Dental Colleague,

There are many of you who are already helping the missionaries, and we are truly grateful for all you have done and continue to do. With the increase in the number of missionaries being sent out, we are in need of expanding our database of dentists who are willing to help. 

The Academy Leadership has been approached by the Missionary Medical Department of the Church regarding care for LDS missionaries’ dental work.  We need your help! When young missionaries from the United States and Canada have dental issues, Missionary Medical requests that the missionaries’ respective home stake president take care of the bill – either from their parents’ or from their home stake funds.  However, foreign missionaries are handled differently and this is where they are particularly interested in our help.  Many of these missionaries have had inadequate dental care and may need extensive work while serving on their missions. Missionary Medical has asked us to contact LDS dentists, especially those in the Utah/Idaho area, who might be interested in helping to take care of missionaries from foreign countries serving in our respective areas.

IT IS NOT THE INTENT OF MISSIONARY MEDICAL TO COMPLETELY REHABILITATE THESE MISSIONARIES, BUT TO DO ONLY WHAT IS NEEDED TO HELP THEM COMPLETE THEIR MISSION WITHOUT FURTHER DENTAL PROBLEMS OR COMPROMISING THE HEALTH OF THE MISSIONARY. 
When these missionaries are sent to non-LDS dentists they often have extensive treatment plans developed with the intent of completing all that needs to be done.  While this is a commendable desire, it is outside the scope of what the Missionary Medical can afford. They would, therefore, like to identify LDS dentists throughout the missions of the Church that are sensitive to these issues.  Missionary Medical will refer missionaries needing dental care to you, if you are interested.                                      
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Missionary Medical WILL REIMBURSE THE DENTIST for the work but are also grateful for any discount that can be given.    They do not expect dentists to give the work away.  They realize that this is our livelihood and that we cannot afford to do everything for free, but again, if you can discount the service, then the money can be used for another missionary in need. 
These issues are all delicate balances, which Missionary Medical feels can best be appreciated by LDS dentists who understand the situations.  The Academy is a great reserve of help for the Church and can be of assistance in furthering the missionary work. We can utilize the gifts and talents we have been given to bless these missionaries so they can do the work without the hindrance of dental problems. 

IF INTERESTED, PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS REQUEST: 

If you can help with this cause, send:
your name, office address, and phone number by email to:
You may also write to:
Academy of LDS Dentists
P. O. Box 51
Springville, UT  84663-0051
 
Thank you for your time and consideration regarding this matter.Laurence

With sincere gratitude,  

Laurence Palmer,  DDS
Academy President, 2014-16