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Dental school clinics, colleges and teaching schools offer free care.

Find a dental school near you that that take patients with no-insurance or a low-income. The colleges and/or technical schools will give free teeth exams, cleanings, and some offer emergency oral surgery, such as extractions or root canals. The care is provided, for free or low-cost, by students or technicians that are supervised by dentists. Locate a local dental college or school clinic near you below.

Most of the locations have on site clinics that are open to the general public and provide services to low-income families or individuals. While in some cases the care may be offered at a reduced rate, some of the dental or hygienist schools will provide the care for free. Find a list of colleges or technical schools below that take patients and will be able to offer assistance, however the terms and conditions of each program will vary.

Care provided by dental school clinics

The services provided will be high quality, even at a local community college. While it will often be students at the dental schools near you who treat the patients, highly experienced and licensed dentists closely supervise the students and ensure everything is done correctly. These programs have many benefits, including helping students gain valuable experience and  they also help satisfy the dental needs of the general public, including low income and uninsured families. Some school focus their care on children as well as senior citizens too, as those two age groups often have the highest need.

A wide variety of free or cheap (yet high-quality) care is offered by school clinics, including teeth cleanings, fluoride, X rays, some surgeries (such as root canals) and more. Post-graduate and faculty clinics are also available at most schools at these can also be contacted for information on their services too.

Another option are dental hygiene schools. These too may offer a number of services to patients. This includes supervised, low-cost or free care as part of the numerous training programs. The purpose of them is they give experience for hygienists. The hygienists at a school, including community colleges, will also be closely supervised and all of the work performed is checked and verified by a licensed professional dentist. These locations are effective at providing preventive dental care as part of the training experience for the hygienists.




Sometimes these students can also be found at federally-funded health centers as they will volunteer there. This provides them experience and the patient can access the care they need at those locations as well. Note that at these non-profit locations the patient will more than likely need to pay what they can afford to for their bills, and that amount will be based on their income. The federal health centers will also offer a wide range of medical assistance, not just dental care. Find free clinics.

Goals of dental care at schools

The main mission of the patient care clinics at many colleges is to provide high quality, affordable (or free) oral as well as dental care service at the same time the student gains needed skills. The resources are offered to a diverse group of patients in a caring, professional, efficient, and safe environment. Patients with no income, dental insurance or money can get help from a dental college clinic. The schools and the faculty, students, and staff who work there offer a number of services including.

  • -They strive to provide a high level of dental care to all patients in a manner which places priority on the needs of the patient, whether that is a check up, cleaning, tooth extraction, or whatever is needed.
  • -Staff and the students will interact with every individual and patient with respect at all times.
  • -If a dental school or college near you can't meet your needs, they will offer referrals to other low cost dental specialists in the area.

The colleges and their clinics provide a full range of dental treatment for those who have needs. All assistance provided will also correspond to the teaching needs of the students. Any fees that are charged will definitely be less than in a private dentist's office. However in some cases the patient may be faced with more frequent and longer visits at a dental college, so that may be a downside to using a college.

Some sites may also require a screening appointment to determine if the person is suitable as a teaching patient. Many of the clinics or schools can also only accommodate a limited number of patients each day, so assistance is provided on a first-come, first-treated basis to those that qualify.





In some cases Clinical Trials may be available as well at these schools. In these cases the college will seek volunteers with specific dental, oral, or craniofacial conditions to take part in these research studies and/or clinical trials. The researchers who partner with the college may provide study participants with limited amounts of free or low-cost dental treatment for the particular condition they are facing.

Free dental schools near you that take patients

A listing of accredited dental schools near you and education programs is below. Some may be 4 year schools and others are community colleges. Many of these will offer some form of care to patients. Students, using supervision from professional staff, will provide the cleanings and other services. Call 1–866–232–4528 or contact a local college below. Or dial 312-440-2500 for additional suggestions near you.


University of Alabama School of Dentistry at UAB
1530 3rd Avenue S.
Phone: (205) 934-4720


Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine- Arizona
19555 North 59th Avenue
Glendale 85308

A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
Address is 5850 East Still Circle
Mesa 85206
Call 480-219-6081


Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
11092 Anderson St.
Loma Linda 92350
Main number is 909.558.4683

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
925 W. 34th Street
Los Angeles 90089-6041
(213) 740-3124




University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry Center for Health Science
Rm 53-038, 10833 Le Conte Ave
Los Angeles 90095-1668
(310) 206-6063

Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine
309 E. Second Street
Pomona 91766-185
Main number is 909-706-3504

University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry
513 Parnassus Ave, S-630
San Francisco 94143

University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Address: 2155 Webster Street
San Francisco 94115
(415) 929-6425


University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13065 E. 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
(303) 724-6900


University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington 06030-3915
Main phone - (860) 679-2808

District of Columbia

Howard University College of Dentistry
600 "W" Street, N.W.
Washington 20059
(202) 806-0019






LECOM College of Dental Medicine
4800 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard
Bradenton 34211
Call (941) 405-1517

Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
3200 S. University Drive
Fort Lauderdale 33328

University of Florida College of Dentistry
1600 SW Archer Rd., P.O. Box 100405
Gainesville 32610-0405
Main number is 352-273-6700


Emory University School of Medicine
1364 Clifton Rd, NE
Atlanta, 30322
Phone: 404-778-4500

Central Georgia Technical College
Address js 80 Cohen Walker Drive
Warner Robbins, 31088-2729
Phone: 478-757-3468


Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
2800 College Avenue
Alton 62002
Telephone number is (618) 474-7120

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Location - 801 South Paulina Street
Chicago 60612
Phone - (312) 996-1040

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine- Illinois
555 31st Street
Downers Grove 60515
Call (630) 515-7275


Indiana University School of Dentistry
1121 West Michigan Street
Indianapolis 46202
(317) 274-5403


University of Iowa College of Dentistry
100 Dental Science Bldg.
Iowa City 52242
Call (319) 335-7144








University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
800 Rose Street
D 136 UKMC
Lexington 40536-0297
Telephone - (859) 323-1884

University of Louisville School of Dentistry
501 S. Preston Street
Louisville 40292
Call 502-852-1304


Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Avenue
New Orleans 70119-2799
Call 504-619-8500

Dental schools that take patientsMaine

University of New England, Westbrook College Campus
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland 04103-2670
(207) 221-4700


University of Maryland School of Dentistry
650 W. Baltimore Street, Suite 6402
Baltimore 21201


Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
100 East Newton Street
Boston 02118

Harvard University School of Dental Medicine
188 Longwood Avenue
Boston 02115
(617) 432-1401

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
One Kneeland Street
Boston 02111
(617) 636-6656


University of Michigan School of Dentistry
1011 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor 48109-1078
Phone number is 734-763-3311

University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Detroit 48208-2576
(313) 494-6621


University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Room 15-209 Moos Tower, 515 S.E. Delaware Street
Minneapolis 55455
Main number is 612.624.2424


University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, Medical Center
2500 North State Street
Jackson 39216-4505
Call 601-984-6000


University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
650 East 25th Street
Kansas City 64108
Main number is 816-235-2010

Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health
800 W. Jefferson St.
Kirksville 63501
Call 660.626.2800 for information.


University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry
40th & Holdrege Streets
Lincoln 68583-0740
(402) 472-1344

Creighton University School of Dentistry
2500 California Plaza
Omaha 68178-0240
(402) 280-5061

New Jersey

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
110 Bergen St., Room B815
Newark 07103-2425
(973) 972-4633

New York

State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
325 Squire Hall, 3435 Main Street
Buffalo 14214-3008
Main number is (716) 829-2836

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Address is 630 West 168th Street
PH7 East Room 122
New York 10032

New York University College of Dentistry
345 East 24th Street
New York 10010

Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
Health Sciences Center, 154 Rockland Hall
Stony Brook 11794-8700


University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine
Shadow Lane Campus
1001 Shadow Lane, MS 7410
Las Vegas 89106-4124
(702) 774-2500




North Carolina

University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill
Koury Oral Health Sciences, Suite 1611
3/8 S. Columbia Street, Campus Box 7450
Chapel Hill 27599-7450

East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
Lakeside Annex 7, Mail Stop 701
Greenville 27832-4354
Main number is 252-737-7701


Case Western Reserve university School of Dental Medicine
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland 44106-4905
Call (216) 368-3266

Ohio State University College of Dentistry
Location is 305 West 12th Avenue
Columbus 43210-1267


University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
1201 N. Stonewall Avenue
Oklahoma City 73117
Main number is (405) 271-5444


Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry
611 SW Campus Drive
Portland 97239


Temple University The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry
3223 North Broad Street
Philadelphia 19140
Call the center at 215-707-2799

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street, Robert Shattner Center
Philadelphia 19104-6030
(215) 898-1038

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh 15261
Main number is (412) 648-1938




South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
173 Ashley Ave. MSC 507, PO Box 250507
Charleston 29425-5070
(843) 792-3811


University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, Health Science Center
875 Union Avenue
Memphis 38163
Main number is (901) 448-6202

Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
1005 D.B. Todd Blvd.
Nashville 37208
Call 615.327.6784


Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Avenue
Dallas 75246
(214) 828-8201

The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
7500 Cambridge Street
Houston 77054
(713) 486-4021

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio 78284-7914
Phone number is 210.567.3160


University of Utah School of Dentistry
26 South 2000 East Suite 5900
Salt Lake City 84112-5750

Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine
10920 S. Riverfront Park
South Jordan 84095
Telephone number is 801-878-1400


Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
P.O. Box 980566
520 North 12th Street, 450 Lyons Building


University of Washington-Health Sciences School of Dentistry
D322 Health Sciences Bldg., 1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle 98195

West Virginia

West Virginia University School of Dentistry - Robert C. Byrd Health Sci Center
1150 HSC North/Medical Center Drive
Morgantown 26506-9400


Marquette University School of Dentistry
1801 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee 53233
(414) 288-7485


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