Dental - VA Portland Health Care System
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Dental

Important Update 
– Until Further Notice -

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing patients on an EMERGENT/URGENT basis ONLY.
If you feel that you are having a dental issue please CALL the dental clinic.

Portland Dental Clinic: (503) 273 - 5024

Vancouver Dental Clinic: (360) 619 - 5990

Direct walk up to the dental clinic without an appointment is highly discouraged. Unscheduled walk-up patients generally cannot be accommodated for same day treatment at this time


Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday

8:00am – 4:30pm, excluding Federal Holidays


COVID-19 Screening Test:

To ensure patient and staff safety, VA Portland Healthcare System is requiring diagnostic COVID-19 testing on Veterans scheduled for potentially aerosol generating dental procedures. This nasal swab test will require a separate appointment in the morning 2-3 days prior to the date of any planned aerosol generating dental procedure.

The test will be performed in a drive-through clinic at both Portland and Vancouver. Details of the testing process will be discussed when your appointment is scheduled

Dental Services

VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) provides comprehensive dental services including, but not limited to:  exams, Xrays, fillings, dentures and oral surgery to eligible Veterans.
See the Service Information section below for a list of routine dental practices performed at our facility.

Mission.

Honor America’s Veterans by facilitating improvements in oral health that contributes to their general health and well-being.

Vision


      • VA Dentistry will be the benchmark of excellence and value in oral health care by providing exemplary services that are both patient centered and evidence based.
      • This care will be delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning, discovery and continuous improvement.
      • It will emphasize prevention of oral disease and population health and will provide state of the art treatment to eligible Veterans.
      • VA Dentistry will contribute to the nation’s well-being through oral health education, research and service in national emergencies.

Values

We consider the following to be our primary, collective values as we strive to accomplish our mission: 
      • Integrity
      • Commitment
      • Advocacy
      • Respect
      • Excellence

Hours of Operation

Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays

Urgent/Emergent Care for eligible Veterans:

During Business Hours: All requests for urgent dental care should be made by calling the Dental clinic first. We recommend calling in the morning. A dental staff member will take or return your call, typically within two hours. Staff will triage your condition and appoint as appropriate. Direct walk up to the dental clinic without an appointment is highly discouraged. Unscheduled walk ups may not be able to be accommodated the same day based on the clinical conditions.

Clinic telephone numbers

Portland: (503) 273-5024 
Vancouver: (360) 619-5990 For general program information, call (503) 273-5024
Outside of Business Hours: Report to Emergency Department at PVAMC for emergent issues

Key Staff

Service Chief Albert Fu, DDS (503) 220-8262, ext. 34325
General Practice Residency Director Timothy Bishop, DDS (503) 220-8262, ext. 54384

Administrative Officer/Service Level Advocate

Types of Services

Dental benefits include a full range of services for eligible* Veterans.
Below are some of the many services offered by VA Dentistry:
      • Regularly scheduled cleaning and x-rays.
      • Restorative procedures such as fillings, crowns and bridges.
      • Comfortable, well-fitting dentures. • Oral surgery such as tooth extractions.
      • Access to oral and facial reconstruction surgery resulting from trauma or serious illness.

* Please refer to VHA Handbook 1130.01 or go to this VA website to view "What VA dental care benefits do I qualify for?" 

Service Animal Policy

Per VHA Directive 1188, service animals are not permitted in areas where invasive procedures are being performed, including dental exam rooms, and other areas. VA staff cannot care for a Veteran’s animal so the handler or the alternate handler (e.g. family member) must be responsible for control of the service animal at all times. Veterans are encouraged to make proper arrangements prior to scheduled appointments. Click our Visitor Information  page for complete information about Service Animals at our facilities.

Dental Residency Program

VAPORHCS offers a general practice residency in dentistry program approved by the American Dental Association and affiliated with Oregon Health Sciences University.

Go to the to the VAPORHCS Dental Residency page for more information about our program.


updated May 29, 2020

Contact Info

Location

  • Portland, Bldg. 100, Floor 2
    Vancouver, Bldg. 20, Floor 2

Contact Number(s)

  • 503-273-5024
  • 360-619-5990

Hours of Operation

  • 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.