Our Dental Clinic: Your Teeth and Gums Play a Huge Health Role.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please note the change in services as we work to accommodate the appropriate guidelines for Dental Services in a hospital setting.

Our Dental Clinic’s daily mission is to promote sound oral health across the Qualla Boundary. We also help to prevent oral disease through education—supplying Cherokee enrolled members with dental, nutritional, and preventive measures through a network of healthcare and educational resources.

Same Day Emergency Triage exams: Patients having dental pain, swelling, or uncontrolled bleeding.

Elective Services: (ALL CASE-BY-CASE) For adults and children:
Exams and Cleanings for routine users of the dental clinic “pre-covid”, restorative treatment, simple extractions, etc. ELECTIVE Procedures require a NEGATIVE MOLECULAR PRE-PROCEDURE COVID TEST.

This means that the Dental Clinic will work with each patient to determine when to schedule their COVID-19 test due to the quarantine protocols for potential exposures. If a patient decides to schedule a COVID-19 test without direction from the Dental Clinic, it may result in a delay in scheduling the dental treatment needed at that time.

Emergent Services: Any treatment deemed emergent due to infection or trauma. The performing Dentist will determine which pre-procedure COVID-19 test shall be used before performing dental treatment.

*Denture/Partial program is available to eligible patients.


Regular Dental Clinic Services Include:

  • Exams
  • X-rays
  • Cleanings
  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Oral surgery (non-sedation)


We Also Offer Expanded Services (for eligible patients only):

  • Root canals
  • Crowns
  • Dentures and partial dentures


Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Closed daily: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Contact the Dental Clinic:
828.497.9163 ext. 6478

Frequently asked questions:

  • Do you have emergency appointments?

    Yes, we offer same-day appointments that can be used for emergencies.

  • Do you still book appointments?

    We’re very happy to. You may also use a same-day appointment if you would like to be seen on short notice.

  • Does the Dental Clinic offer braces or other orthodontic services?

    The EBCI offers a braces referral program for enrolled members aged 6–17. For details regarding program specifics, please call Mellie Burns at 828.359.6197.

  • If I receive care from an outside dental provider, will CIHA Dental provide follow-up care?

    If you have any problems or need a follow-up appointment, please return to your original provider.

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