The Dental School at the UTHSCSA offers an extensive range of dental treatments and oral healthcare services for adults and children. Because UTHSCSA is principally an educational facility, prospective patients interested in receiving dental care are primarily selected on the basis nature of their problems and of their teaching potential. Patients who are accepted for care are treated by dental students under the supervision of faculty dentists. Treatment may include periodontal therapy, restorations, bridges, endodontics, partials or dentures. The UTHSCSA appreciates the contribution patients make to the students' education and supports the nondiscriminatory selection of patients.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN APPLYING TO BECOME A PATIENT
After calling the Dental School with interest of becoming a patient, you will be given an appointment for a “Screening Appointment”, which is a preliminary exam to identify the types oral health problems you have. For many patients, preliminary diagnostic radiographs and intraoral photographs will be taken. This information will be entered into a computer database that serves as a patient pool for the educational programs. Students, through groups they are assigned to, select patients by viewing the patients' dental needs as determined by the screening examinations and by evaluating how they meet his/her own need for clinical experiences. This selection process takes into account how your oral and systemic health problems match a group of patients that individual students are treating. Some potential patients oral problems may be to complex for students to manage and may be referred to graduate or specialty clinics for screening and or treatment.
WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TO A STUDENT
He/She will call you to confirm your desire for treatment, availability and ability to comply with the responsibilities of being a patient in the Dental School. An appointment for individual students and their supervising faculty will be made to review the information recorded at the screening appointment before treatment begins and confirm your appropriateness for assignment.
HOURS OF OPERATION
The clinics are open for patient treatment from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Children are not permitted in the clinic while their parents are being treated, please make arrangements to have someone care for them while you are being treated.
Fees may be paid in the form of cash, check, or credit card. Payment is due on the date service is provided. Patients with insurance must also pay at the time service is rendered. The Dental School will complete an insurance claim for you to submit. Your insurance carrier, then, will reimburse you directly.