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San Francisco VA Health Care System

 

Dental Service

The Dental Service of the San Francisco VA Medical Center is committed to improving the health of our patients. We do this Dental examby delivering comprehensive, state-of-the-art, quality dental care to eligible Veterans.  Many Veterans are not eligible for routine dental services, so please check with the Dental Clinic regarding your eligibility. In some cases, limited dental services may be provided to some Veterans with special needs and to those beneficiaries with medical conditions severely compromised by sub-optimal oral health.

Services Provided for Eligible Patients at
the San Francisco VA Medical Center: 

  • Restorative Dentistry: including fillings, crowns and bridgework
  • Prosthodontic Services: including partial and full dentures; implant dentistry
  • Periodontics: including dental hygiene program, management of gum disease and placement of implants
  • Endodontics (root canal)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

For information regarding how to make an appointment for surgery consultation or procedure, please call: (415) 750-2046.

Dental Clinic:  Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Drop-In Triage Clinic (for urgent problems): 
Mon. 8 - 11:30 a.m.; Tues. - Fri. 8  - 11:30 a.m.; and 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Non-eligible patients with an urgent or emergency problem must have his/her physician or nurse practitioner order a Dental Consult prior to being seen. Eligible patients do not require a Dental Consult order.

Saturday Clinic (appointment only): 
Please call (415) 750-2046

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery:
Mon. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m; Tues. 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Wed. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Surgical services include: extractions, dental implants, bone grafting, jaw reconstruction, management of advanced infections, oral pathology, jaw surgery to manage severe sleep apnea or to correct deformities, and management of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Dental Services at the Santa Rosa VA Clinic
The Santa Rosa VA Clinic provides dental services to eligible Veterans only. 

Services provided for eligible patients at Santa Rosa VA Clinic may include:

  •     Restorative Dentistry: including fillings, crowns and bridgework
  •     Prosthodontic Services: including partial and full dentures;
        implant dentistry
  •     Endodontics: root canal treatment
  •     Dental Hygiene Program:  including cleanings, treatment and 
        management of gum disease.

For more information about available dental services available at Santa Rosa Clinic call 707-569-2300.

Dental Eligibility

Veterans often have questions about whether or not they can get dental care at the VA. Federal law limits the dental benefits provided by the VA. Below are some common questions about who may qualify for outpatient VA dental care.

Who is eligible for routine outpatient dental care?

  • Veterans who receive money for a service-connected dental disability, or those who are 100% service-connected for any condition.
  • Veterans who were prisoners of war.
  • Veterans recently discharged from active duty who did not have their dental treatment completed before discharge. They can receive one-time treatment if their DD214 shows dental treatment was not completed. An application must be made within 180 days of separation from active duty.

Who is eligible for emergency dental care?

Veterans with an outpatient dental emergency, such as severe pain, infection, trauma, or significant bleeding, may receive an evaluation free of charge. Treatment for patients not otherwise eligible is limited to treating pain or treating a dental condition that endangers the patient's life or health. Some patients may be billed for treatment, and others may be referred to the private sector for routine care needs. If you are not eligible for VA dental services but believe you have an urgent or emergency oral or dental problem, please have your primary care provider or emergency room provider enter a Dental Consult prior to being seen. Dental Service staff review all requests to determine if the consultation or treatment being requested is appropriate. Same day drop-in appointments are available.

May I pay the dental clinic for care or use my dental insurance?

The dental clinic is not able to accept insurance or payment for routine services from non-eligible patients.

I am eligible for VA dental care. Is my spouse eligible as well?

Non-Veterans, including spouses or dependents of Veterans, are not eligible for any elective or emergency dental services.

If I received routine dental care while I was in the service, are my teeth service-connected?

No. Only those Veterans that have been rated under the 9900 series of the schedule for rating disabilities are service-connected for their teeth.

Do any other Veterans receive outpatient dental care?

  • Veterans who have a very serious medical condition, which could be complicated by certain dental problems, may receive necessary limited dental care to improve the dental condition. Examples include patients undergoing heart transplant or valve replacement surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.
  • Veterans approved for a VA vocational rehabilitation program that are referred by their rehabilitation counselor may receive basic dental care necessary to enable them to enter or remain in their rehabilitation training.
  • Any Veteran with a non-healing oral lesion can be seen for a head and neck oral cancer screening examination. Biopsies may be done to rule out oral cancer.
  • Veterans receiving outpatient medical care may receive limited dental care if the dental condition is determined by their VA medical and dental care providers to be complicating a medical condition currently under treatment by the VA.
  • Patients who were seen for dental treatment while hospitalized at the San Francisco VA Medical Center may receive limited outpatient dental care to follow up on their dental condition.

If I am not eligible for routine dental care from the VA, can I get information about reduced fee dental services available in the community?

Yes. Stop by our dental clinic and ask for a list of reduced fee dental services in the Greater Bay Area.

The laws that determine who qualifies for dental care are even more complex than the summary given above. If you believe that you qualify for VA dental care, contact the eligibility office at (415) 750-2015 to verify your service connection and to apply for care. You may also discuss your problems with your health care provider who can review your conditions. Your health care provider may refer you for a Dental Consult to see if you are eligible for Outpatient Dental Care.

Contact Info

Location

  • Bldg. 200
    First Floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 415-750-2046

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.