On certain Tuesday nights (about twice a month-see calendar), volunteer dentists and dental coordinators at the Berkeley Free Clinic are available to offer general dentistry services to clients.
It is important to note that intake is not done on a first-come-first-serve basis; the first ten clients to sign up for the dental service will be entered into a lottery. One client (unless noted otherwise) from this list of ten will be selected at random for that night’s dental service. Unfortunately we cannot give priority to returning clients who have previously entered the lottery and were not selected. Dental service is an all-night service and generally excludes the possibility of receiving other services on the same day. The number of new clients we can serve each time is limited, depending on the number of pre-existing appointments.
At 7:00PM we take the new clients and any clients who have appointments to the Berkeley Free Clinic, although clients with appointments may elect go directly to the BFC. There, new clients will receive a dental exam, have X-rays taken, and receive appropriate treatment. The Dental Coordinators stay at the BFC to assist until all the clients have been seen.
Once a client receives dental service, he or she is eligible to receive appointments until all the necessary dental work is completed. There are a number of dental procedures that we do not have the resources to offer–for these, we refer clients to places in the Bay Area that do perform those services.
–We offer: oral hygiene instruction, exams, cleanings, fillings, root canals, and extractions (if the dentist determines it is absolutely necessary).
–We do NOT offer: dentures, crowns, implants, partials, or bridges.
Please note that if you are currently receiving regular dental services from another provider, you are not eligible for the Suitcase Clinic Dental lottery. As of January 2012, this includes receiving dental services from The Berkeley Free Clinic. Because we are striving to provide our services to those who have no access to dental care whatsoever, no exceptions will be made.
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