Dental school clinics, colleges and teaching schools that offer free care.
A place to turn to for free or low cost dental care is a local college or school. Most of the locations have on site clinics that are open to the general public and provide services to 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 below that may be able to offer assistance, however the terms and conditions of each program will vary.
The services provided will be high quality, even at a local community college. While it may be students 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 range of care is offered, including 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 health 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. 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 school 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. Call 1–866–232–4528 or contact a local college below.
Sampling of free dental clinics at colleges
A listing of accredited dental schools 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. Or dial 312-440-2500 for additional suggestions.
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
A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
Address is 5850 East Still Circle
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
University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry Center for Health Science
Rm 53-038, 10833 Le Conte Ave
Los Angeles 90095-1668
Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine
309 E. Second Street
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
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13065 E. 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
263 Farmington Avenue
Main phone - (860) 679-2808
District of Columbia
Howard University College of Dentistry
600 "W" Street, N.W.
LECOM College of Dental Medicine
4800 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard
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
Main number is 352.273.5802
Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine
1120 15th Street
Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
2800 College Avenue
Telephone number is (618) 474-7120
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Location - 801 South Paulina Street
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
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
Telephone - (859) 323-1884
University of Louisville School of Dentistry
501 S. Preston Street
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Avenue
New Orleans 70119-2799
University of New England, Westbrook College Campus
716 Stevens Avenue
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
650 W. Baltimore Street, Suite 6402
Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
100 East Newton Street
Harvard University School of Dental Medicine
188 Longwood Avenue
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
One Kneeland Street
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
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Room 15-209 Moos Tower, 515 S.E. Delaware Street
Main number is 612.624.2424
University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, Medical Center
2500 North State Street
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.
Call 660.626.2800 for information.
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry
40th & Holdrege Streets
Creighton University School of Dentistry
2500 California Plaza
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
110 Bergen St., Room B815
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
325 Squire Hall, 3435 Main Street
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
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
Main number is 252-737-7701
Case Western Reserve university School of Dental Medicine
10900 Euclid Avenue
Call (216) 368-3266
Ohio State University College of Dentistry
Location is 305 West 12th Avenue
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
Temple University The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry
3223 North Broad Street
Call the center at 215-707-2799
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street, Robert Shattner Center
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
3501 Terrace Street
Main number is (412) 648-1938
Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
173 Ashley Ave. MSC 507, PO Box 250507
University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, Health Science Center
875 Union Avenue
Main number is (901) 448-6202
Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
1005 D.B. Todd Blvd.
Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Avenue
The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
7500 Cambridge Street
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.
West Virginia University School of Dentistry
Robert C. Byrd Health Sci Ctr.
1150 HSC North/Medical Center Drive
Marquette University School of Dentistry
1801 W. Wisconsin Avenue