Alberta dentists provide dental services at reduced fees for Albertans through various social programs offered by the Government of Alberta. Whether or not you are experiencing hardship discuss payment options with your dentist. As health professionals, dentists are committed to caring for your health.

Community Dental Clinics

Alberta Children's Hospital

This service provides dental treatment to special needs children who are medically, mentally or physically challenged. These special needs patients include, without being limited to, children with moderate to severe developmental delays, genetic disorders and/or craniofacial deformities, cleft lip and palate, cognitive disorders, cancer, organ transplant, hematology disorders, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, prematurity with chronic medical issues, infectious diseases, sleep apnea, velopharyngeal incompetency, mental health issues or under palliative care.


Children, 17 years and younger, presenting with:

  • significant special medical needs
  • unique and challenging dental problems requiring additional expertise (e.g., amelogenesis imperfecta, ectodermal dysplasia, major oligodontia, velopharyngela incompetency)
  • dental-related emergencies (e.g., trauma, severe infection)


Private dental insurance and government programs (ACHB, NIHB, AISH) are accepted. Can assist with additional funding requests (FSCD, Cleft Indemnity Program, OMSD)

Alex Dental Health Bus 

The Alex Dental Health Bus provides essential preventative oral health services and support primarily to children and youth at schools in identified high-need areas. It is estimated that 80% of tooth decay is found in 25% of children, and these children are largely from low-income populations. By providing low-barrier dental care on wheels, The Alex is dramatically improving the quality of life for Calgary’s most vulnerable youth.

Oral Health School Services 

  • Oral health screenings and referrals
  • Sealant treatments
  • Fluoride varnish applications
  • Oral health education and promotion

Preventative Oral Health Clinics Services: Oral health screening, scaling, polish, fluoride varnish and education

Partner Agencies: Chinook Learning Centre, Heart of the Northeast Community Resources Centre: Aspen Family Services, all Alex programs.

All clinics are scheduled at The Alex partner agency locations and are open to children and youth ages 6-24.

Youth ages 13-24 may also refer to The Alex Youth Health Centre for eligibility. For more information, call the youth centre at 403-520-6270 or email

Dental Access Clinics

All clients seen on the Dental Health Bus and referred for additional basic dental treatment are eligible to attend a Dental Access clinic. Clinics are conducted in volunteer dental offices, or on the bus, and provide care at no cost, to clients screened and referred from another Alex program.

 If you would like to participate in or facilitate a Dental Clinic, or if you have any questions, please contact Program Lead Denise Kokaram at 587-893-1755 or email


Boyle McCauley Health Centre

 The BMHC dental team which includes dentist, dental assistant, dental receptionist provide dental care 5 days per week for those:

  • who cannot access care due health (such as mental illness, addictions)
  • social (such as homelessness, literacy challenges),
  • and financial hardship (such as those receiving Alberta Works, AISH), and those with a low annual income who do not have access to dental benefits).

 The fees are based on a sliding scale appropriate to each client's income, allowing fees for services to be discounted from 50% to 75%.

 How to access our dental clinic:

The dental clinic's service area includes the neighbourhoods of Boyle Street, McCauley, and Norwood. Visits are by appointment. We do our best to accommodate emergencies and walk-ins.


Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS)

CUPS is a non-profit organization that was established in 1989 with the aim of helping people overcome the challenges of poverty and attain brighter futures.

Through integrated healthcare, education and housing, CUPS and its partners will assist adults and families in Calgary living with the adversity of poverty and traumatic events to become self-sufficient.

Dental Extraction Clinic Eligibility criteria

  • Patients must be low-income and have NO dental insurance plan.
  • Prior to their extraction, patients need to see a CUPS nurse to determine eligibility and have a dental assessment completed. They are welcome to start coming to CUPS now as a walk-in to have these assessments done prior to their extraction visit.

Restorative Clinic Eligibility criteria

Patients must be low-income and have a dental insurance plan. (ie. AISH, AB Works, Seniors Health Benefit, private insurance, etc.)

To book an appointment or for more information, please call 403-206-1060 or email Anna Waller at

Dental Outreach of Red Deer (DOoR)

Free urgent dental care service is available for clients ages 5 - 18 years who have: no dental insurance, lower income or trouble paying; and, who have pain, infection, visible decay or broken teeth. Clients will be asked to provide proof of income (i.e. pay stubs, notice of assessment). Phone Number: 403-356-6302

Services offered are income eligible and include:

  • free dental treatment services (ie. x-rays, fillings, extractions)
  • free prevention services (ie. sealants, fluoride, cleanings)
  • free education to reduce risk of cavities

Public Health - Dental Treatment Services


Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre

Chumir Dental Clinic, 6th floor

1213 4 Street SW

Calgary, Alberta

T2R 0X7


Sunridge Mall

Northeast Dental Clinic, 2nd Floor

2580 32 Street NE

Calgary, Alberta

T1Y 7M8



This service provides:

  • Reduced-fee dental treatment services by qualified dentists to families in financial need and without access to dental insurance;
  • Check-ups, X-rays, fluoride treatment, sealants, scalings, fillings, front tooth root canals, extractions, etc.

The following services are NOT available:

  • crowns
  • bridges
  • veneers
  • full dentures
  • orthodontics or braces
  • molar root canals
  • periodontal surgery
  • partial dentures
  • sedation dentistry
  • complex or specialist services


Emergency clients must show evidence of low income and may receive care for relief of pain only. Applicants must provide:

  1. A completed Income Assessment Form
  2. Proof of family income (e.g. “Notice of Assessment” for previous year’s tax return)
  3. A completed Employer Letter or School Letter explaining dental coverage

To access and download forms, visit our website.

People with access to group dental plans (e.g. Blue Cross) or having similar coverage (e.g. Child Health Benefit or Dental Assistance for Seniors Program) are not eligible.

Service Access

Children and Best Beginning clients receive priority for dental appointments.

A limited number of appointments for new adult patients are available monthly. Patients who have received a full series of treatment from this program must wait three years after treatment is complete before re-qualifying for another full series of treatment. Emergencies (such as pain, swelling, broken tooth, broken filling) can still be dealt with during this three-year waiting period; however, will not include full exams or cleaning.


Fees are approximately 20% of the Alberta Usual and Customary Fee Guide for Dental Services.


SHINE Dental clinic

The SHINE (Student Health Initiative for the Needs of Edmonton) Dental Clinic is a student run organization established through the University of Alberta and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.  Based out of the Boyle McCauley Centre, the organization provides dental care for youth in need at no cost to patients.

Important information about clinic:

  • Open at 9 am on most Saturdays and treat on a first-come, first- serve basis, unless there are dental emergencies present
  • No appointments are necessary
  • SHINE does treat adults, but give preference to seeing children first (if there are any present)
  • They only treat those with no dental insurance
  • They provide mostly fillings and extractions. They are unable to provide any treatments that require a dental laboratory (crowns, implants, dentures, etc). They also cannot offer any orthodontics.
  • There is no charge to patients. However, there may be limits to what can be performed due to equipment and timing.

U of A School of Dentistry Patient Clinics

The School of Dentistry offers a full range of general and specialty dental services for the public at affordable and competitive prices. These services include:

  • Dentistry Student Clinic
  • Dental Hygiene Student Clinic
  • General Practice Residency Clinic (GPR)
  • Orthodontic Clinic
  • Oral Medicine/TMD/Orofacial Pain Clinic
  • Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine Clinic
  • Pediatric Dentistry Clinic
  • Periodontology Clinic

Dentistry Student Clinic

  • Treatment delivered by Dentistry students:
    • Silver Amalgam, White Composite and Porcelain Bonded Fillings
    • Complete and Partial Dentures
    • Endodontic Therapy (Root Canal Treatment)
    • Crowns, Bridges and Porcelain Veneers
    • Extractions and Oral Surgery
    • Dental Implants
    • Periodontal (gum) Therapy
  • Please call (780) 407-5550 to schedule an appointment.
  • The teaching clinics strive to provide the best care for you, but there are some treatments that students are not able to provide, and in those cases, you may be referred to a private practice provider.
  • Appointments may be rescheduled with at least 48 hours notice.
  • Clinic is open from early September until mid-July.

If patients miss up to three (3) appointments, treatment may be stopped, requiring referral to private practice.

Implant Clinic Information

Treatment delivered by Dentistry students

Please call (780) 407-5550 to schedule an appointment.

Fees and Payment Information

  • Fees are charged for all treatment rendered. Payment must be submitted as treatment is provided.
  • Payment for treatment is by cash, cheque, debit card, or credit card.
  • Patients with dental insurance must bring their insurance coverage information/insurance card to their first appointment. Please note that some treatment may not be covered by insurance and patients will be responsible for that cost.