Last updated: 4/5/2014
We can provide:
- Dental Examination and Check-Ups
- Dental Cleanings
- X-ray services
We CANNOT provide:
- Emergency Services - please call Highland Hospital for emergency dental care at (510) 437-4473
- Cosmetic Dentistry (veneers, whitening, etc)
- Prosthetic Dental Appliances (dentures, removable partial dentures, repair of dentures, etc)
- Surgical Dentistry (implants, surgical extractions)
- Dental Specialties (orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, oral pathology, oral surgery)
For low-cost Bay Area dental resources, please see Resources.
If you are a dental professional and can help us make a difference in the community, please contact us directly and see how you can contribute.
Lottery for New Clients
The dental clinic only accepts new clients through a lottery drawing. First-time clients must go through the lottery. Once you are chosen in a lottery drawing, you are eligible to receive services for life. On a lottery night, please arrive at the Clinic before 6:00pm and come to the lobby. We will give you a lottery slip to fill out. There will also be a presentation about oral health and hygiene.
There is no advantage in being early, since this is a lottery, not first-come-first-served. However, it is important to be here before the oral hygiene presentation begins at 6:00pm, to ensure your name is put into the lottery.
If you win the lottery, you will receive your first dental exam that night. This includes taking x-rays. After the first exam, we will schedule a follow-up appointment for any work to be done. You do not have to go through the lottery again. Please note that even if you may know what procedure must be done, we still must take x-rays and do a proper exam before performing treatment.
We are not an emergency dental clinic. For emergency dental care, please call Highland Hospital Dental Clinic: (510) 437-4473.
It is impossible for us to see everyone who participates in the lottery. Our staff will pull as many names as we expect to be able to handle that evening, typically 1-2 new patients per evening. We often have to tell people to come back the next open day. We understand that everyone who comes to our clinic is in need of dental care. This is "the luck of the draw" and is the only fair method to manage our new patient intake currently.
IN THE NEWS: The state of California is reinstating dental benefits for adults with Medi-Cal beginning in May 2014. If you qualify for Medi-Cal, this may be a great opportunity for dental care. Please note that the Berkeley Free Clinic will always be free, and does not accept Medi-Cal or any types of insurance.
Daniel Nam, DDS
Director of Dental Services
Dr. Daniel Nam is a graduate of the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. He has made a happy home of the Bay Area, and has worked hard to expand the scope of services at the Berkeley Free Clinic (in conjuction with the Suitcase Clinic) during the eight years he has been with this organization. He can proudly say that patients can now receive comprehensive care, in large part due to his tremendous effort.