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:
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