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In this article, we break down the most frequently asked questions about dentistry in San Francisco, California.

At Opencare, we work with thousands of patients across San Francisco and the United States to find their dream dentist. We’re here as a resource to help answer any questions you may have around dentistry.

Are dentists open in San Francisco right now with COVID-19?

Yes! Dentistry is considered an essential service as it contributes to full body health, wellness, and preventative healthcare. 

With 41% of Californians fully vaccinated (accurate as of May 2021), lockdown orders have been lifted. 

Is it safe to go to the dentist during COVID-19 in San Francisco  if I’m not vaccinated?

It is completely safe to visit the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dentists are experts in infection control and have implemented strict guidelines required by the CDC. To learn more about how dentists in San Francisco are keeping patients safe during the pandemic, read the full guide here.

How do I book a San Francisco dentist appointment online?

Opencare is a platform that connects you to top-rated San Francisco and Bay Area dentists who match your needs. We will match you with a dentist in your area who is highly reviewed, takes your insurance, offers the services you need, and who fits your busy schedule. You can book everything you need through our online booking platform.

How to book a dentist online

To get started, all we need is your Bay Area ZIP code. You then answer a quick quiz, and we’ll match you with the best dentist for you. You book your dentist appointment online in minutes.

If you prefer, you use Google Search to find a dentist in your area, and you can vet them yourself to find the dentist who fits your needs. Many dentists offer online booking through their website.

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How do I find an emergency dentist in San Francisco or Bay Area?

Opencare can help you find an emergency dentist for your urgent needs.

If you are experiencing a serious medical emergency and require immediate assistance, call 911 or go to the ER. However, if you are experiencing any urgent dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth, this is considered a dental emergency. 

You should call your dentist immediately.  If you don’t have a dentist to call, you can use Opencare to find a San Francisco emergency dentist.

  1.  Go to to find a top-rated emergency dentist near you. Enter your ZIP code.
  2. When you get to the question that asks “Why are you visiting the dentist?”, select “Urgent issue”.
  3. Select the type of emergency from the options presented, and provide more detail on the issue, pain, or emergency you are experiencing in the written text field.
  4. Continue through the questionnaire and once matched with a dentist, select a dentist with an “instant book” option. Here, you can book an appointment at the next available time slot.
  5. Call the clinic for an immediate confirmation.

How do I find a good dentist in San Francisco?

A good dentist has many qualities that set them apart from other dentists in their area. You want to look for a dentist who 

  1. Has great customer reviews (4.3 stars and over)
  2. Takes time to educate you, not just treat you
  3. Makes booking appointments easy and corporates with your schedule
  4. Has top-rated credentials
  5. Follows strict infection control guidelines for your safety

Opencare has spent years vetting thousands of dentists across The United States. We only work with the top 10% dentists in each city. We guarantee you a positive patient experience. 

Find a good dentist in San Francisco who matches your needs, has top-rated customer reviews, and ensures your safety at all times by using Opencare. Enter your zip code to start our quiz, and we will match you with a great top-rated dentist in San Francisco.

What does SF health plan (Denti-Cal) cover for dentistry?

Dental services covered by Denti-Cal include: Diagnostic and Preventive Care, such as exams, x-rays, and cleanings. It also includes emergency Services for pain control and restorative services such as fillings.

Related:  Will seeing a dentist regularly give me a whiter smile?

What does dental insurance cover in San Francisco?

Your coverage on dental work in San Francisco and Bay Area depends on your plan. 

Many employers will provide benefits that cover (to some extent) basic preventative healthcare such as check ups, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, and other medically-necessary procedures. If your employer does not provide dental benefits, you can find dental insurance through private insurance companies or through social assistance programs.

How much does a dental check up cost in San Francisco?

The cost of a dental check up in San Francisco will vary, but you can find cheap dentistry through Opencare.

Price Guide for Procedures in San Francisco/Bay Area:


ProcedureAverage Cost
Dental exam and cleaning$180 – $250
Fillings$105 – $560
Crowns$1200 – $3500
Dental Implants$2400 – $12,000
Gum Disease Deep Cleaning$1100 – $6000
Root Canal$600 – $1100


How much does a filling cost in San Francisco?

Depending on the tooth, the type of filling, and the amount of fillings, a filling in San Francisco on average will cost you between $150- $560. 

For example, a small silver filling will cost you about $105 on average. A small white filling will cost you about $140. A large white molar filling on multiple surfaces can cost you about $350.

Need a filling?

Get $50 when you book your dentist appointment through Opencare.

How much does teeth whitening cost in San Francisco?

Typically, you can expect to pay $300-$800 for professional whitening in San Francisco. This depends on the dentist, procedure, and products used. 

See our full cost guide for teeth whitening here to break down your options for teeth whitening.

How much does Invisalign cost in San Francisco?

The average cost of Invisalign in San Francisco is anywhere between $3,500-$8000. This differs by treatment plan,

See our full cost guide for Invisalign here to break down your options for Invisalign.

Why does dental work in San Francisco cost so much?

There are a few things that drive up the cost of dental work in San Francisco. This list is not exhaustive, but it’s a high level summary of why dental work generally costs more

  • High-quality, experienced, and professional staff = high labour costs
  • High overhead costs: rent, utilities, equipment, sterilization and infection control, high tech equipment
  • Smaller profit margins
  • Specialized dentists are highly educated doctors with lengthy experience
  • The cost of operating a full functioning practice is high
  • Dental insurance in Canada is complicated and dentists don’t always earn back fees

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