Dental Clinics for Students

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do you provide free dental x-ray services? If so, how do I schedule an appointment?

Yes, we provide free dental x-ray services as long as you have a prescription from your existing dentist. 

We only have x-ray services during the Spring semester ONLY. To make an appointment, please contact Kay Murphy at kmurphy@ccsf.edu.

 

How can I request for my x-rays? 

If you were one of our student's patient, we may have your records on file. Please contact Kay Murphy, the radiology instructor, at kmurphy@ccsf.edu to request for your x-ray records. 


Do you provide other dental services (cleanings, fillings, crowns, etc)?

We are not a dental clinic. For any dental issues, please visit a local dentist or a dental school such as:

University of Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (http://dental.pacific.edu/dental-services)

155 Fifth Street, Second and Third Floor Group Practices
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.929.6501

Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
Evening Appointments: Monday and Thursday, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm.
Group practices are open year-round and closed during school vacations, holidays and exam weeks.

University of California, San Francisco (https://www.ucsfdentalcenter.org)

Various locations depending on service needs. Please click on the website for more information. 

 

Local dental schools typically have discounted fees for people who are not insured. 


I would like to get dental insurance. How can I sign up for one and how much does it cost?

If you do not have dental insurance, you may select from two types of plans: HMO (also called DHMO) or PPO (DPPO).

  • HMO / DMO plans: Only cover preventive services such as cleanings, exams, and x-rays. Everything else will be on a discounted fee schedule. You will have to choose one provider from the network list provided by your insurance company. 
  • PPO / DPPO plans: You can choose your own dentist within the network or out-of-network. Typically plans cover preventive services at 100%, minor services (fillings) at 80%, and major services (crowns) at 50%. This may vary per plan and we recommend you to search through to see what fits best for you. Many individual plans do not cover implants, if you are looking for implant coverage, you must check for implant coverage within the plan. There also may be a clause that prevents coverage on that specific tooth, if the tooth was missing or extracted prior to the effective dates. 

There are pros and cons for HMO and PPO plans. Typically HMO plans are more affordable, however, you are limited to the dentists within the network so specialist may not be in convenient locations. We prefer PPO plans due to its flexibility. The most popular dental plan in the Bay Area are: Delta Dental, Aetna, Cigna, Blue Shield, and Metlife. 

You may visit the following websites for pricing and benefit information: