SHIP Dental Benefits

MetLife is experiencing technical difficulties affecting continuing SHIP members.

While MetLife is resolving this issue, continuing SHIP members will need to provide their old member ID to the dental provider to verify eligibility and benefits. If you do not have your old member ID, contact the SHIP office at (510) 642-5700 or send a secure message through eTang. Dental providers may also verify eligibility and coverage using your name and date of birth. We apologize for the inconvenience this issue may have caused. Updated 8/16/2023.

Dental coverage is included as part of the Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

All UC Berkeley students enrolled in SHIP automatically will receive benefits covering preventive and general restorative dental care.

Metlife is the dental insurance provider for SHIP students. Note that dental care is not provided at the Tang Center. SHIP members can select from a wide choice of local dentists, listed on the MetLife website.

MetLife Member Information 
Plan Network PDP Plus
Group Number  151675
Member ID Number  Your MetLife member ID is the same as your Wellfleet member ID (nine digits). Follow the instructions on this Wellfleet flyer to obtain your member ID.
Dental Benefits Summary
MetLife PDP Plus Dentis Non-Network Dentist 
Plan Year  August 1 to July 31
Annual Maximum Benefit  $2,000 $2,000


(applies only to basic and major restorative services)

$25 $50

Preventive and Diagnostic Services:

  • Oral exams, cleanings and fluoride (2 per plan year)
  • Bitewing x-rays (once per plan year)
  • Full mouth x-rays (once per 5 years)
100% of negotiated fee1 80% of R & C fee2

Basic Restorative Services:

  • Fillings (including posterior composites)
  • Simple extractions
  • Oral Surgery
  • Periodontics
  • Endodontics
80% of negotiated fee1 60% of R & C fee2

Major Restorative Services:

  • Bridges and dentures
  • Crowns, inlays, and onlays
70% of negotiated fee1 40% of R & C fee2

Services not covered 

Orthodontics, implants, and occlusal guards 
1Negotiated fee: charge that participating dentists have agreed to accept as payment in full, subject to any co-payments, deductibles, cost-sharing, and benefit maximums.
2R & C fee: Resonable and Customary charge is based on the lowest of the dentist's actual charge, the dentist's charge for the same or similar services, or the charge of most dentists in the same geographic area for the same or similar services as determined by MetLife. 


There are more than 500 dentists within five miles of campus who participate in the MetLife PDP Plus plan. To find a dentist, visit the MetLife website. If you need dental care when away from campus, you may choose from dentists nationwide. You have the freedom to choose any dentist at any time. You do not need to visit the same dentist every time. See the local MetLife Dentist List.