Patients are accepted to the School of Dentistry based on their need for comprehensive, specialized or emergency care.
We will inform you in advance of all anticipated treatment costs. Fees must be paid when you check in prior to receiving dental services. School of Dentistry student clinics accept cash, debit cards, money orders, and credit cards. Please call 713-486-4000 for more information.
Consideration for comprehensive care begins with an assessment appointment. The attending dentist will examine you to determine if you are a possible candidate. The initial assessment is by appointment only and the exam takes approximately 30 minutes.
There is no fee for the initial assessment exam, but patients should be prepared to pay for any diagnostic images (X-rays). The fee for these images will be between $40–$90.
If the initial assessment indicates your dental needs can be treated in one of our clinics, you will then receive a comprehensive oral examination and have the appropriate diagnostic images taken. The initial visit for assessment, comprehensive oral exam and diagnostic images can take up to three hours. In most cases, you will know at the completion of your initial appointment whether you have been accepted into one of the School of Dentistry's clinical programs.
Our Urgent Care Clinic's schedule varies by semester; we recommend that you call 713-486-4000, Option 1 to confirm the current schedule and check our website homepage for notice of special closure dates. We also post a calendar in the vestibule at the school's front entrance.
The Urgent Care Clinic does not accept appointments. All patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis and should sign in when the doors open at 7:30 a.m. We will attempt to see as many patients as we can each day. However, availability may be limited. During your visit for emergency dental care, we will make every attempt to resolve your primary concern.
Patients are expected to pay an initial exam fee of $25. After diagnosis, if the patient wishes to be treated, payment in full will be due. Treatment fees will vary, but most are under $200. Payment is by cash, credit or debit card. We cannot accept personal checks.
Adult patients with complex medical and/or physical needs are assessed for comprehensive dental care and selected based on their dental needs, medical/physical complexity, and our dental students’ abilities. Attending dental faculty are experienced in coordinating care for special needs patients. The referral process begins with the primary care physician submitting a completed medical data form for the patient's initial assessment visit.
As part of our comprehensive dental care program, dental hygiene students treat patients under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty. Dental hygiene students complete assessments of patients' oral conditions and then provide services aimed at preventing and treating periodontal disease. Students also assess patients' risk of oral disease and educate them on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.
A screening appointment in the Dental Hygiene Clinic is necessary to determine whether a patient is a suitable teaching patient. Call 713-486-4000 for appointments and information.