Q: If I do not have insurance or Medicaid how much do I have to pay for the initial dental visit?
A: Your first appointment will be with our Patient Support Specialist who will review your sliding fee application and documents with you. Depending on your sliding fee discount, the initial visit fee varies. We usually tell our patients to bring the nominal fee of $75.00 for a comprehensive oral exam and full mouth series of radiographs.
Q: Can I come in for an emergency walk in/call in visit for a tooth ache, and, if so, what will it cost me?
A: We will try to work with our schedule to accommodate an emergency walk in/call in patient to the best of our ability within a day or two. We charge our fee based on the sliding fee discount with the nominal fee being $36.00 for a limited oral exam and one x-ray. If the patient needs a tooth taken out during that visit, then the cost of simple tooth extraction would be $65.00 which brings the total to $101.00.
Q: Can I become a new patient and have my teeth cleaned in the same visit?
A: No. Your first visit will be with a dentist, who will go over your health history; the dental assistant then takes a full mouth series of x-rays. The dentist will do a thorough oral exam; they will review your x-rays and develop a treatment plan. Depending on your oral health, the dentist may suggest different types of cleaning (simple/deep cleaning or gross debridement).
Appointments for cleanings will be scheduled with a dental hygienist. During the cleaning, the dental hygienist cleans the patient’s teeth and educates you on ways to improve and maintain good oral health while teaching appropriate brushing and flossing techniques.
Q: Why must I get a full series of x-rays to be a patient at your clinic?
A: A full mouth series is a complete set of intraoral X-rays taken of the patient’s teeth and adjacent hard tissue. These X-rays are used to check for decay between the teeth. They also show bone loss when severe gum disease or a dental infection is present. They help to find dental problems in the jaw, such as impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumors, and bone changes linked to some diseases. They help the dentist do a thorough oral evaluation.
Q: Why do I have to wait for 2-3 months to have my teeth worked on once I have my exam?
A: Since we are one of the two safety-net dental clinics in Lincoln and offer sliding fee discount, we do get a lot of patients from Lincoln and surrounding areas needing dental care. Our schedules fill up quickly. We do our best to accommodate each patient that walks through our door, but we do have a no-show list, so feel free to call us occasionally to see if we have cancellations or a no-show which might allow you to get an appointment.
Q: I have pain in my wisdom teeth. Can I get them taken out?
A: Extraction of wisdom teeth can be complicated. We do extract simple erupted wisdom teeth at our clinic. We can definitely do a limited exam; try to take an x-ray but most of the time these patients require Panorex (x-rays of the upper and lower jaw). We do not have a Panorex machine at our clinic, so those patients are referred to the College of Dentistry or Oral Surgeons in the community for extraction of impacted wisdom teeth.