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Frequently Asked Questions: Main Content

What does the Dental Service provide?

1. Emergency care
2. Comprehensive exams, X-rays, and dental cleanings
3. Fillings (silver and tooth colored)
4. Root canal therapy
5. Bridges, crowns, partial and complete removable prostheses
6. Extractions
7. Sealants, mouth guards, and night guards
8. Bleaching and cosmetic bonding

Who provides these services?

Our dental staff consists of two full time licensed general dentists, four certified dental assistants, a registered dental hygienist and a dental hygienist intern.

Who can use the Dental Service?

This service is available to currently enrolled on-campus SIU Carbondale students. Spouses who have purchased the on-campus health benefit have the same benefits as students except payment is due at the time of service.

How much does it cost?

A $6.00 front door fee is charged at each visit. Additional fees may apply depending on the type of services provided. If your are an enrolled on-campus SIU student, you have been assessed the Student Health Fee. This coverage allows you to have a a dental exam, diagnostic X-rays, evaluation of a specific dental concern, or palliative care (alleviating pain) for your $6. If you require services not covered by the Student Health Fee, any additional fees will be discussed with you first and billed to either your bursar account, credit card, debit card, debit DAWG, or payment can be made by check or cash.

What if I have dental insurance coverage from my parents, spouse or my work place?

The Dental Service can not accept outside insurance. However, we will be more than happy to provide you with a claim form for you to submit to your personal insurance company.

What if I just want to get my teeth cleaned?

As with any dental office, you must have a comprehensive exam done by the dentist (including any necessary X-rays) before having your teeth cleaned. This is to determine the type of cleaning needed, to see what other dental needs you may have and to fulfill the state of Illinois requirement regarding exams before cleanings. A routine exam will take approximately one hour. After your exam, a cleaning appointment will be set up for you with our hygienist or hygiene intern on another day.

How much does it cost for a cleaning?

A light dental cleaning is $68. Advanced cleanings require more appointments and fees. After an exam and X-rays, your dentist will be able to tell you what type of cleaning you need and give you a more exact cost.

The SIU Dental Hygiene Clinic (located in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts) is separate from the Student Health Center, but is another option for dental cleanings. This is a teaching unit where dental hygiene students provide cleaning for students, spouses, children and the community. For more information contact the Dental Hygiene Clinic at 618-453-8826.

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