At San Francisco Community Health Center, we believe oral health is attainable by all, regardless of race, color, sexuality, gender, or economic status. We focus on whole patient wellness, education and quality affordable dental care. We understand many of our patients have a long history of substance abuse and dental neglect or trauma and feel a certain amount of shame about the state of their oral health. We will work with you on your oral health goals because in our clinic we treat our patients like family.
Oral health is extremely time sensitive. The longer you wait to get a filling placed or a biopsy analyzed, the more expensive the treatment will be to save that tooth (or your life). Recent studies have associated gum disease to heart disease, diabetes, and even macular degeneration. We encourage our patients to see the dentist on a regular basis, not just when you have a toothache.
Cleaning and Prevention
Who doesn’t love that freshly polished feel after a cleaning? Our highly-trained, compassionate professional dental team do more than just polish your teeth. They remove plaque, tartar buildup, probe your gums for signs of periodontal disease, and much more!
Despite the best intentions, teeth sometimes need to be removed. Regardless of the situation, this minor surgical procedure can be brought together in a way that considers your short and long-term concerns. From pain management to planning for tooth replacement, we’ll factor in every aspect of your case.
Most people need at least one tooth filling in their lifetime. Dental filling procedures are most commonly used to treat cavities, but they’re also used to repair cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been worn down over time.
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. If your tooth becomes diseased or injured, it can often be saved through root canal therapy. The root canals contain the dental pulp, which is made up of nerves and blood vessels and extends all the way to the tip of each root. When the pulp tissue becomes infected or inflamed, treatment is needed. Root canal therapy is a procedure that removes injured or infected dental pulp from the canal.
Crown & Bridges
Their general purpose is to restore a tooth or teeth back to full chewing function. A crown, also referred to as a cap, is a dental restoration that covers the entire tooth, replacing its outer layer of enamel with a new material. A bridge is a fixed partial denture: it is fixed (glued) to the teeth, it replaces some (not all) of the teeth, and it uses a fake tooth or teeth (denture) in the place of missing teeth.
Partial & Full Dentures
For people who have missing teeth – whether due to an injury or disease – those spaces in their mouth make biting, chewing, and speaking a chore. Missing teeth can even affect the structure and shape of a person’s face, because teeth help keep the facial muscles from sagging. For a person who is missing a lot of teeth, they may be considering whether to get full dentures or partial dentures.
Fluoride and Sealant Treatment
Deep crevices run across the chewing surface of molars. Even though a toothbrush can skim these surfaces, bacteria still settle into the narrow grooves beyond the bristles’ reach. Cavities may form and end up affecting the tooth’s nerve without warning, destroying valuable tooth structure. Protecting the grooves with a resin sealant may help prevent decay in your back teeth.
Emergency Dental Care
We understand dental emergencies happen, and knowing who to turn to can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Our treatments include:
- Digital Single & Panoramic X-rays
- Extreme Tooth Pain
- Broken, Chipped, or Missing Teeth
- Lost Filling or Crown
- Broken or Cracked Dentures
- Swollen or Bleeding Gums
If you have urgent life threatening emergencies please call 911
As a Federally Qualified Health Center, dental treatment for Medi-Cal, Medicare, and San Francisco Health Plan patients is covered by the state.
Patients who do not have insurance or are under-insured are subject to the Sliding Scale Fee Schedule which assigns discounted rates based upon yearly income level and household size. The goal is to provide affordable quality care regardless of ability to pay.
Please call (415) 292-3400 to make an appointment or leave an inquiry here
All Dental Appointments are located at
1800 Market Street Suite 401, San Francisco, CA 94102