Knox County Tennessee


Am I eligible for Dental Services at the health department?

For questions and specifics to see if you qualify, please call (865) 215 - 5110.

  • Services are available for those who are without dental insurance.
  • Patients must live in in Knox County.
  • The following documents must be presented at first appointment:
    • Proof of residency in Knox County
    • Proof of identity: photo ID
    • Proof of household income such as a W2, tax return, food stamp letter, social security, disability, unemployment, retirement, or your last 2 pay stubs

What specific dental services are offered?

Cleanings, examinations, x-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants. We also offer dental fillings for children up to age 21 and adult extractions (pulling teeth), visible wisdom teeth, and minor pre-prosthetic surgery.

How much will each visit cost?

Patient fees are determined using a sliding-scale based on annual income and household. Individuals and families over 142% of the federal poverty guidelines are not eligible. Cash, credit-cards and checks are accepted.

Can I use my dental insurance?

No, if you have dental insurance, you do not qualify for our program.

What do I do if I develop issues after I leave?

If you start to develop issues, please call our Dental clinic at (865) 215-5110. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call the ER.

How can I save time checking in?

Bring in your eligibility documentation and fill our your privacy and medical history documents (bring them with you).

Why is School – Based Dental Preventative services important for my child?
Tooth decay (or cavities) is the most common chronic disease of childhood, yet it is largely a preventable disease. Tooth decay is more common than asthma and hay fever, and if left untreated, can cause abscesses, tooth loss, low self esteem, weight issues and even death in children.
Does the School-Based program cost money?

The program offers free preventive dental services to children in grades K-8 in the school setting. Services include oral health education, oral exams and screenings, referrals for care, follow-up of immediate need, dental sealants, fluoride varnish application, and Sliver Diamine Fluoride application, if needed.

Have Questions?
Call: 865-215-5555

Need to report a public
health emergency?

Call 865-215-5093

On the first Wednesday of every month, all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

Clinics will also open at 10:30 a.m. (Main location) and 11 a.m. (West Clinic) on the following Wednesdays: April 17 and July 17. All other offices will open at 8 a.m.