Colorado’s state government on Wednesday approved a $5.3 million grant for a dental clinic in the Denver area that could open this year, bringing its total dental license renewal applications to 17.
The state has more than 4,600 dental licensees, about half of whom live in the state.
The new dental facility would be in a small residential area of the city and include an office, a dentist office and an oral hygiene clinic, according to a news release.
The state’s licensing office has approved another $2 million for dental license renewals in the coming years, according a press release.
Dentists have been a key component of the state’s dental system since the 1960s, when state legislation required dentists to obtain a state license to practice.
The license requirements were set by the state Legislature in 1986, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and expired in 2008.
Since then, the state has received more than 10 million applications for dental licenses, according the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
The first application for renewal in 2020 was received in January, with applications from about 400 dentists.
A year later, there were more than 2,300.
Last year, about 7,500 applications were received.
Applications were approved in about 5,000 cases.
Applications are reviewed by the licensing office each year, with a few applications rejected because the applicant is unable to meet the minimum requirements.
Applications for renewal were issued in 2016 and 2017, with almost 10,000 approved.
The licensing office last year issued about 1,300 renewals.