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School of Dentistry in Belgrade, the one handle for repairing the enamel of individuals with developmental disabilities

Nenad is 15 years old and has the most severe form of autism. Because of toothache, he does not sleep at night. A waiting list awaited him at the dentist.

“Now he will wait until March, and for two weeks he has had several teeth,” says Tanja Blanuša, Nenad’s mom.

He says that they tried to see a private dentist, but that no private doctor in Belgrade wants to examine him or participate in any way in repairing the teeth of a developmentally disabled child, especially not one with autism.

Therefore, for them, the Faculty of Dentistry is the only address where they seek help. Children with developmental difficulties are generally put under total anesthesia, and for tooth repair it is necessary to submit a handful of analyzes and results.

Dr. Nataša Ćurčić, head of the Department of Anesthesia at the Faculty of Dentistry, says that they can provide him with first aid, and that the child has been given a regular appointment for the complete restoration and repair of the teeth.

Appointments fill up quickly. There are six doctors in the team, and they examine three patients a day.

“We have a protocol for working with such patients, and after the first admission of these patients, it happens that these patients can be treated on an outpatient basis. So that list is constantly changing and it is mostly patients who come, get their appointment regularly, and in a situation where if patients cancel, and they inform us in time that they have fallen ill, we insert patients across the line from the list into those times”, notes prof. Dr. Jelena Mandić from the Clinic for Dental Work with Patients with Special Needs.

It is a unique center in Serbia where between 300 and 350 dental interventions are performed annually. Children, as well as adults, come to the Faculty of Dentistry from all over Serbia and the region.

“Children don’t have to travel from Pazar, Sjenica, Tutin in the 21st century to repair and extract a tooth. I guarantee that every major city in Serbia can provide such a service, and you don’t need any additional equipment, they have the staff, just a little goodwill from the Ministry and the Fund to open the hall, and that is my appeal, and then there will be no waiting list either,” adds Dr. Ćurčić.

And until that happens, the Clinic, which was founded 18 years ago thanks to donations, remains the only dental lifeline for about 20,000 people with developmental disabilities, as many as are estimated to live in Serbia.

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