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Dear Dr. F,

I wrote to you awhile back regarding my dental situation and contacted the Florida Dental Association and Broward County Health, Medicare, etc., but to no avail. My situation has become significantly worse and I'm at a serious loss as to what to do.

At this point I've now been told by most dentists that beside my not having funds to get my seriously infected, broken teeth left fixed, my case is just way too serious for most dentists to handle. I've had no teeth on the bottom (except for seven in the front that are ground down to a reverse bite) so there is no ridge to even attempt to attach a denture to. I wear a flipper type of partial on the top as I have no teeth on one side and one front tooth missing as well. The one tooth holding the partial is a crown and is now coming loose. When that one comes out, I have nothing to hold on a partial. The remaining teeth on the top in the back have so much decay they need removed.

I have written the Florida Donated Dental Services, who promise on their website that everyone will get an answer, a few times but have not heard anything. (That is the program I believe that stems out of Jackson Memorial Hospital) I can't seem to get any assistance/compassion at all.

I live on a small SS disability check, have already lost my home in large part to refinancing for previous dental work that has failed. Because I am on SS disability, I can get no state assistance it seems. Medicare, of course, doesn't cover any dental work. I can no longer chew as I have no chewing surfaces left. My teeth hurt 24/7 and one tooth after another is getting infected. The last root canal I had done recently took five rounds of antibiotics to get cleared up and was paid for by a generous friend but that option is no longer there as this is too complex and expensive of a situation now.

I have heard that you help so many people and I am praying you consider getting personally involved in my case. I live in Hollywood, Florida.

I anxiously await your response. Thank you for all your help and consideration. God bless you.

I'm afraid that the only way I can provide pro-bono care is through Donated Dental Services.  Continue to contact them, and ask for them to refer you to me.

While you are waiting, get with Broward County Department of Social Services.  I know that they have several dental clinics that provide care at low or no charge.

Contact Broward College and ask for their dental clinic.  Contact Nova's Dental School and ask for an appointment in their clinic.

I hope you find help soon.


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Howard Finnk, D.D.S., P.A., CEO


I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, Atlantic Coast District Dental Society, Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, Alpha Omega Alumni Association, and American Association of Dental Implantologists. Formerly, American Academy of General Dentistry, Michigan Dental Association, Macomb Dental Society, Detroit District Dental Society, Tri-County Dental Health Council (a charitable dental care organization)

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Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Psychology from Wayne State University Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of Detroit College of Dentistry Adjunct Clinical Professor, Special Needs Department, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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