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DMD Student General Dentistry


1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, Florida 32610
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Phone Numbers

Appointment (352) 273-6701

Hours of Operation

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How to become a patient in the D.M.D. Student Dental Center


  • There is a $30 fee for the screening appointment. The fee covers the cost of the limited oral exam and X-rays. The screening is completed by a faculty member who selects patients whose needs match the educational needs of our students.
  • The screening does not guarantee your acceptance as a patient.
  • If you have children, please note you can't bring them into the clinic area with you during a screening appointment and they can't be left unattended in waiting areas.

Patient selection and appointments

  • Please complete the patient pre-screening application and mail it back to us. Accepted applicants will be contacted by an appointment coordinator.
  • Patient selection is based on matching the applicant's needs to the student dentist skill level.
  • Students need to treat patients who need comprehensive (all-inclusive) dental services and need procedures that range from simple to moderately difficult: a combination of dental cleanings, fillings, simple extractions/root canals, crowns, bridges, and/or dentures.
  • If you are screened and not selected as a patient we will notify you by mail.
  • Selected patients must commit to at least two three-hour appointments each month until the treatment plan is completed or the patient is referred to another dentist.


  • D.M.D. Student Dental Center fees are generally 30% to 50% less than in private practice. Patients are required to pay for routine care at each appointment. For extensive treatment, such as crowns or dentures, payment plans may be arranged.
  • Screening fees are non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the screening appointment.
  • If you have an outstanding balance with any UF College of Dentistry center, you will not be considered for a screening appointment.
  • The college does not provide free dental care.

Other important points

  • If you are screened and not selected for treatment with the D.M.D. Student Dental Center, you may be referred to the college's Faculty Practice, one of our residency care centers, or be advised to contact a private practice dentist.
  • For children younger than 13, contact Pediatric (Children's) Dental Center at (352) 273-7643.
  • For dental emergencies, including pain, swelling and/or fever, contact our Student Oral Surgery Clinic at (352) 273-6705 for information about emergency dental services, or seek care at your nearest hospital emergency department.

Reduced-fee dental care

UF College of Dentistry students and faculty participate in programs like the We Care Physicians Network. We Care is a free program for Alachua County residents who meet specific criteria:

  • Have no dental insurance
  • Are at least 150% below the federal poverty level
  • Willing to go through an extensive in-person financial eligibility process
  • For more information, call (352) 334-7926.

Other options you may want to try include:

Meeting your health care needs

  • Medical Imaging Services

    UF Health offers day-of, on-site imaging services in a qualified medical center.

  • Med to Bed

    Meds to beds is a bedside free service designed with your convenience in mind. Our meds to beds program allows a pharmacist to deliver your medications to you prior to your discharge from the hospital.

  • Outpatient Lab Services

    Full-service, on-site lab services and testing for your convenience.

  • Patient Blood Management

    Safe, effective medical and surgical techniques designed to prevent anemia and decrease bleeding during a procedure.

  • Pharmacies

    Accepts most prescription plans; competitive prices; on-site.

  • UF Health Midwifery Group

    Exceptional, individualized, compassionate and evidence-based midwifery care.

For your convenience and peace of mind

  • Accessibility

    Aids and services are available to help people with disabilities communicate effectively.

  • ATM and Banking

    Many of UF Health's properties have various branch ATMs and/or branch offices.

  • Baby-Changing Station

    Baby-changing stations are available in many of UF Health's restrooms.

  • Caremail (Email Service)

    Friends and family can send messages to any UF Health patient through the CareMail service.

  • Coffee

    Options include Opus Coffee and Starbucks in the hospital atriums.

  • Free Wifi

    Patients and guests get free wireless internet access at UF Health hospitals.

  • Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

    The Garden of Hope, Sun Terrace, and other spaces help patients and families relax.

  • Gender-Neutral Restroom

    Gender-neutral, public restrooms are located throughout UF Health's properties.

  • Gift Shops

    The Gift Stops offer a wide variety of gifts and products for patients and families.

  • Interpreters / Hearing Impaired

    UF Health provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English.

  • Medical Records

    You can download a form or call (352) 594-0909 to have medical records mailed or faxed.

  • Notary Public

    Notary services are available to patients and visitors Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Smoke-Free

    Smoking, chewing tobacco, or using electronic cigarettes is prohibited on UF Health properties.

  • Social Services

    Social workers are part of the patient's care team and work with medical staff and nurses.

  • Virtual Care

    In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth care via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.

  • Virtual Visitation

    In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth visits via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.