From August 30th, 2023 through the end of the year, all Dental visits will take place at our health center in Ogdensburg, located at 102 Ford Street. This TEMPORARY change is necessary to complete renovations of our Canton Dental suites. We apologize for any inconvenience as we strive to bring you the best patient experience possible. We will update you as construction progresses.

Community Health Center of the North Country's dental team provides Diagnostic, Preventive, and Primary Dental Care services (including check-ups, cleanings, fillings and extractions, sealants and oral cancer screenings) for both children and adults of all ages at our Canton and Ogdensburg health centers.

Our model of care is based on the promise of integration of services which allows our existing patients and clients to access multiple services from one healthcare agency. In order to achieve that promise, we are unable to accept new patients at this time unless you are already receiving other services at our health centers.

Our team accepts many insurances, including Medicaid, for dental services.
Please call ahead to see if we accept yours.

If you do not have dental insurance, please do not let that stop you from seeing the dentist. Call our Canton office at (315) 386-8191 or our Ogdensburg office at (315) 713-9350 to see if you are eligible for our sliding fee scale where your visit could cost as little as $15. Supplies, equipment, and lab charges above and beyond the sliding fee charges are the patient's responsibility. Those charges are calculated based on cost plus administrative fees.

Dr. Nicholas Gardner

Dr. Nicholas Gardner


What types of dental care do you provide?

CHCNC provides Diagnostic, Preventative and Primary Dental Care at our Canton and Ogdensburg health centers.

Do you accept my insurance?

For a list of participating insurances, please click here. If you do not see your insurance listed or are uncertain that it is accepted, please call our health center or check with your insurance provider.

What is Diagnostic Dental Care?

Diagnostic Dental Care is used to accurately diagnose both risk factors for disease (or disease progression) and current disease.

Some examples of Diagnostic treatment include head and neck examinations (in and around the mouth) by both a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) and the Doctor, radiographs, and photographs of both the teeth and soft tissue within the mouth.

What is Preventative Dental Care?

Preventative Dental Care is used to prevent further disease.

Preventative treatments include dental sealants, periodontal maintenance, prescription of antibiotics, antimicrobial mouth rinses or fluoride, dietary and oral hygiene counseling, and application of fluoride to reduce the risk of new or recurrent dental cavaties.

What is Primary Dental Care?

Primary Dental Care involves continued care for anyone with undiagnosed signs, symptoms, or dental health concerns. Most importantly this includes disease prevention and treatment of serious and chronic illnesses. Your personal dentist will also provide convenient care coordination with our other healthcare departments when needed.

Examples include fluoride treatments, scaling and root planning, fillings, removal of diseased teeth, and dentures.

What is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)?

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is an antibacterial liquid used to treat tooth sensitivity and help stop tooth decay. It is recommended that SDF be applied three times to achieve the best results. SDF can help stop tooth decay by strengthening the healthy portion of your tooth.

Do you offer root canals, crowns, fittings for nightguards?

At this time, we are not offering these services while we concentrate on basic disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

If these treatments are needed, you will be referred to an outside provider.

What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

If you or someone in your care is experiencing a dental emergency, please call our Canton health center at (315) 386-8191 or our Ogdensburg health center at (315) 713-9350. Our staff will do our best to make sure that you or the affected person will be seen by the dentist as soon as possible.

Do you offer Teledentistry?

Yes, Teledentistry allows us to increase access to care in our rural communities. Our dental teams are able to perform basic preventive care with our highly trained dental hygeniests and dental assistants, while giving Dr. Gardner and Dr. Fraser the flexibility to perform their portion of the visit from one of our other locations. 

Is now a safe time to go to the dentist?

Yes, we follow all CDC and NYS Department of Health guidelines extremely closely, including disinfecting procedures and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).