Dugoni School Offers New Reduced-Fee Dental Services for Military Veterans

November 13, 2015


Due to budgetary constraints, when men and women from the armed services are discharged, dental benefits are no longer part of their medical coverage through the Veterans Administration. While they can purchase dental insurance through an arrangement between the VA and private insurance carriers, many veterans struggle to afford dental care.

Recognizing this challenge, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco is launching a new reduced-fee dental program designed to support the oral health of veterans from throughout the Bay Area and ensure they have affordable access to care.

The school now offers reduced-fee services at the Denti-Cal rate (often up to 30-40% off the typical rate of a private dental practice). Payment plans are available for those who qualify.

Comprehensive dental care is provided by dental students and residents under the supervision of faculty. Care includes check-ups, cleanings, fillings, scaling and root planning, removable partial dentures, crowns, endodontic procedures, implants and more. Patients with flexible schedules are invited, as appointments often have extended times and take multiple visits.

The dental school's state-of-the-art clinics are conveniently located at University of the Pacific's San Francisco Campus at 155 Fifth Street in the South of Market district, easily accessible by BART/Muni.

"Our clinics serve people from all walks of life and many Bay Area communities, and we are excited to offer this program to men and women who have served their country and are looking to improve both their oral health and overall general health," said Dr. Sig Abelson, associate dean for clinical affairs.

In honor of the Bay Area veteran community, Dugoni School students, faculty and staff volunteers provided free dental check-ups to 27 military veterans on November 17. Veterans were also given a blood pressure check, oral cancer screening and oral health information.

"It was very rewarding to meet and serve the veterans that I met," said volunteer student Mike Stout, president of the DDS class of 2017. "I have been involved in several of the efforts to strengthen and support underserved members of the community, however, giving back to those that give everything to support our nation's security somehow outshines all else." 

Phillip Duong, DDS '16 added, "Volunteering at this event made me realize that dental care benefits for our veterans are definitely lacking. As a soon-to-be Pacific alumnus, I'm so proud of my school for offering extended dental coverage to our veterans. These great men and women deserve it for all they have done for our country."

For more information or to make an appointment, veterans should call 415.929.6501.  

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Contact: Office of Marketing and Communications, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu