Dental Hygiene students working on a patient

During summer 2018, construction on the Fort Steilacoom campus may limit access to parking Lot E. When Lot E is closed, please use parking Lot B and follow directions as indicated in this temporary campus parking map.


The Pierce College Dental Hygiene Clinic, located at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood, Washington, provides low-cost preventive and limited restorative dental services to the public.

Dental hygiene students perform all services under the expert instruction and guidance of licensed, professional dental hygienists and dentists.

A free, limited oral health assessment must occur first to determine whether the person's oral health treatment needs may be provided in our dental hygiene clinic. Not all screened patients may meet the teaching needs of our dental hygiene students.

Furthermore, your dental hygiene services may take several appointments. Each of these appointments can last up to four (4) hours in length. Patients accepted to our dental hygiene clinic must be able to make this time commitment. Please note that the dental hygiene clinic is open only when the college is in session.

Hours

Hours of operation may vary and we are closed between quarters.

Day Hours
Monday 12–5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Hours are based on Pierce College’s academic calendar. The above hours are typical while classes are in session.

We collaborate with local dental clinics and dentists to fully serve the oral health needs of our community, particularly the underserved, low income, uninsured and state-insured populations.

Late Cancellation, Late Change, or Failed Appointment Policy

We are committed to the success of our dental hygiene students’ education and therefore, must enforce the following late cancellation, late change and failed appointment policy.

  • If you need to change or cancel your appointment, we require a minimum of two (2) business days’ notice. If you change or cancel your appointment with less than two (2) business days’ notice, you will not be rescheduled in the Pierce College Dental Hygiene Clinic.
  • If you fail to show for your appointment, you will not be rescheduled in the Pierce College Dental Hygiene Clinic.

We appreciate your understanding of our policy.

Services

Dental Hygiene Clinic Services Fees (Range)
Assessment
Comprehensive or periodic oral examinations (includes a periodontal assessment) $15–$25
Digital dental X-rays (full mouth, bitewings, panelipse) $6–$45
Non-surgical Periodontal and Preventive Services
Adult and child prophylaxis treatment (professional cleaning) $35–$55
Periodontal scaling and root planing (gum treatment/deep cleaning) $30–$110
Typical dental hygiene therapy/treatment maximum fee $190
Other Therapeutic and Preventive Services
Teeth desensitizing, fluoride treatments $10–$15
Sealants $15–$60
Oral hygiene instruction Included
Dental nutritional counseling, Tobacco cessation referrals Included
Local anesthesia (manual and computerized) Included
Nitrous oxide $15/three-hour session
Limited Restorative Care
Amalgam fillings (metal), per tooth $42–$84
Composite fillings (white), per tooth $55–$100

Special Reduced Fees

  • The clinic prices are reduced by 80% to 95% of private dental offices.
  • Reduced pricing for preventive and non-surgical periodontal services for Pierce College non-dental hygiene students/veterans/active-duty military and active-duty military and veteran’s dependents.
  • We accept Provider One insurance.

Our dental hygiene clinic does not provide dental emergency treatment.

We are happy to provide you with a referral list of local dental emergency clinics upon your request.


*The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program's compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs, but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 2719.