Bridging the Dental Gap is a non-profit organization designed to provide easy access to dental care for those who may not have otherwise have access to dental insurance or care.
Bridging the Dental Gap is open Monday thru Friday with varying office hours. The Clinic opens at 8:00 daily except for holidays and staff meeting dates. Lunch time is at 1:00. We are closed over most lunch periods. The Clinic closes at 5:00 Monday thru Thursday and 1:30 on Fridays. Earlier closing times occur when patients cancel or miss appointments.
Bridging the Dental Gap is located on South 12th Street, just south of Bismarck Expressway, near Jack’s Steakhouse. Parking is located in front of the building for patient ease. We are handicap accessible for wheelchair patients.
Currently 600 plus patient appointments for dental care are provided each month. All patient care is handled through appointments. Toothpain patients are given appointments as soon as possible, some the same day for at least a screening and emergency care.
Bridging the Dental Gap offers basic dental care services for low income, un-insured, under-insured and Medicaid Patients. 68% of the patients served are Medicaid patients. Non-Medicaid patients are served on a sliding fee scale based on the National Poverty level. Discounts are given for services for those patients who qualify. Some patients may choose to pay full fee and are on a payment plan. Our patients range in age from 2 to 100. Patients not on Medicaid are required to make some form of payment at time of service to cover at least part of the costs.
The first step in accessing Bridging the Dental Gap would be to complete the New Patient forms, medical history and income information (if applicable). Verification of income information is required in the forms of bank statements, copies of past tax forms or current copies of paystubs. The receptionists can help you to determine the forms needed.
In most instances, a new patient examination and x-rays are done to determine what dental care is needed. If you have toothpain, this will be treated first. A treatment plan and costs are provided to individuals who are on sliding fee or full fee.
Types of services provided are:
- Cleanings (Prophies)
- Fillings (composite and amalgam)
- Root planing and scaling for deep cleaning gums due to infection
- Sealants and fluoride
- Root Canals—primarily on front teeth
- Stainless Steel crowns
- Some partials and dentures