To buy dental insurance, you can visit the Massachusetts Health Connector. However, even if you have dental insurance, you will have to pay for your visits to the MIT Medical Dental Service on the day of your appointment. At the Dental Service, you can pay with MasterCard, Visa, or a personal check. After you pay, you can submit the receipt to your insurance company, and they might repay some of the cost. It is important to know what kinds of services your dental insurance covers and how much of the cost they will repay for different kinds of care.
Visiting the dentist
On your first visit to the MIT Medical Dental Service, a dentist will examine your mouth and take a full set of dental X-rays. The X-rays are an important part of the exam and are always included unless you can bring good, recent X-rays to show the dentist.
Many times, if you can give us your previous X-rays, we won’t need to take new ones. If you have had complete dental X-rays within the past three years, you can bring them to your first appointment or drop them off before your first appointment. If your previous dentist has digital files, he or she can send them to us electronically. Contact us for information about how to do this. But if your previous X-rays are difficult to read, we might still need to take new X-rays.
What will it cost?
Your first visit—exam and X-rays—will cost around $200. If you have been to the Dental Service before and are coming in for a regular cleaning and checkup, the cost will be about $150. If you need dental repairs, such as fillings for cavities, the price will depend on how big the cavity is and what type of filling you want. Filling a cavity can cost from $100–$350 or more.
If you have a dental emergency at night or on a weekend, call MIT Medical’s 24-hour Help Line at 617-253-4481. Our dentists can provide advice by phone when the Dental Service is closed.
If you have a serious dental emergency like an injury to your face, a jaw fracture, or uncontrolled bleeding, you should go to the Massachusetts General Hospital emergency room. If your problem is urgent but not serious—like a chipped tooth, tooth pain, lost crown, or a broken filling—don’t go to the emergency room. Instead, call us. We can give you an appointment quickly, usually the next day.