Dental Center

The SmileHealthy Dental Center at Frances Nelson is dedicated to providing excellent oral health care to the underserved community.

Smile Healthy LogoServices provided:

  • Extractions and fillings
  • Restorations
  • Cleanings
  • Full exams
  • Dental health education
  • Limited urgent care

To set up an appointment, call the Frances Nelson Dental Center at (217) 403-5477. While new patient appointments may be full for weeks out, appointments regularly open up for those who are available for same day, next day, or walk in and wait appointments.

The first appointment will be a New Patient Exam, at which the doctor will take x-rays and diagnose any needed treatment.  A second appointment will then be scheduled to conduct any restorative procedure necessary, including fillings, extractions and cleanings.

Emergency appointments can be scheduled promptly. However, during these appointments the dentist will only focus on the area of severe pain.

The center accepts Medicaid, private insurance, and self-pay patients. 

Prior to scheduling an appointment, you will need to provide a completed Sliding Fee Scale Application Form.  Patients that do not have any insurance will be charged on a sliding fee scale based on their income.   When you come to your appointment, bring your insurance/Medicaid/Medicare information and/or your copayment (amount varies). 

Preventative care and treatment are also administered via one of the many mobile clinics. Oral health is promoted by making free dental supplies, such as toothbrushes and paste, available to those in need. Additionally, the SmileHealthy Education Advocate works with schools and other outlets in the community in order to increase oral health knowledge. 

The SmileHealthy programs and Dental Center works in collaboration with Parkland College's Dental Hygiene Program. Collaboration includes student clinical community rotations, supporting curriculum like community health, and special clinical events like Day of Healthy Smiles and Give Kids a Smile with the Illini District Dental Society.

FTCA Deemed Health Center
The dental center is part of a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).