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COVID-19 Announcement

In accordance with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center COVID-19 protocols, the OU College of Dentistry will continue to require masking for all individuals in public and clinical areas, regardless of vaccination status. We ask that patients (and their guests) continue to wear their masks while inside the building, until the point that they are instructed by a clinician to remove it for treatment.

Student Care

Thank you for your interest in becoming a patient in the comprehensive student program at the OU College of Dentistry. In the student program, patients are selected to be treated in the student program based on the educational needs of our students. The quality of patient-centered care provided in the student clinics regularly meets established standard of care for the practice of dentistry, but treatment does take some time. Patients may be seen in the Dental Hygiene Clinic, Pediatric (Children's) Clinic or Adult Clinic. 

Screening appointments for our student program are available in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa locations by completing the Prospective Patient Form.

Now Open: Dental Clinic in Tulsa

The OU College of Dentistry recently opened a new state-of-the-art, comprehensive dental clinic in the OU Health Physicians Schusterman Center Clinic building, located on the OU-Tulsa campus. The college's Delta Dental of Oklahoma Comprehensive Care Clinic in Tulsa provides comprehensive oral health care services to patients of all ages.

Applications from prospective patients for screening appointments are now being accepted. Apply today.

For more information about the Tulsa Clinic, click here.

Tulsa FAQ's

How do I become a patient in the OU-Tulsa student dental clinic?

Patients are selected for treatment in our Delta Dental of Oklahoma Comprehensive Care Clinic based on the educational needs of our pre-doctoral students. The first step is to complete and submit a Prospective Patient Information Form. If you meet the educational needs of our dental students, our Communications Center will contact you to schedule an assessment appointment. 

 

What can I expect as a student clinic patient?

Whether in Tulsa or Oklahoma City, patients accepted into our student clinic program must be available at least two (2) different half weekdays per month. Each appointment will be three (3) hours in length and will generally be scheduled at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm, depending on your assigned student’s availability. Payment will be due at the time of service; we do not offer payment plans. 

Is dental care free?

No. Even though the OU College of Dentistry is state-funded, there are fees for dental procedures. Our Delta Dental of Oklahoma Comprehensive Care Clinic in Tulsa is not a free clinic; however, being seen by a student dentist in Tulsa (or in any of our Oklahoma City student clinics) is considerably less expensive than a private dental practice. Grant funds may also be available to assist patients participating in our student clinic program with the cost of care.

Can I become a patient even though I have no insurance?

Yes. Student clinic patients are not required to have insurance; however, we accept most major insurance plans. If you have insurance, we will gladly assist you in maximizing the benefits you are entitled to under your plan by filing claims on your behalf. 

Do you offer the same services in the Tulsa Clinic that you do in Oklahoma City?

Yes. When we open in June 2022, we will offer the same oral health care services to adult and pediatric patients in our Delta Dental of Oklahoma Comprehensive Care Clinic in Tulsa as we do in the student clinics at the OU College of Dentistry in Oklahoma City. Committed to meeting all of your oral health needs, our services include routine dental cleanings and sealants, fillings, crowns, partial or complete dentures, and more. Patients who complete orthodontic assessments in our Tulsa clinic may be referred to our Graduate Orthodontics Clinic in Oklahoma City for treatment (i.e., braces) if needed. 

Do you accept special needs patients?

Yes. We welcome special needs patients in all of our student clinics, including our Delta Dental of Oklahoma Comprehensive Care Clinic in Tulsa that is opening in June 2022. We are committed to providing our students, who will be tomorrow’s dentists, with the knowledge and skills they need to serve patients with a broad spectrum of disabilities and conditions. 

Do you accept referrals?

Yes. Starting in June of 2022, we will welcome referrals for limited treatment to our Delta Dental of Oklahoma Comprehensive Care Clinic from dentists in northeastern Oklahoma and surrounding states. An ideal referral is a low-income patient who is in need of a crown or root canal. If you are a dentist and would like to refer a patient, please click here.

Adult Clinic

 

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The Adult Clinic is a comprehensive clinic that services those 12 and above. Services include the following:

  • Cleanings
  • Fillings 
  • Bridges
  • Crowns
  • Implants
  • Root Canals
  • Complete Dentures
  • Partial Dentures 

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment in the Adult Clinic or the Dental Hygiene clinic, please complete the Prospective Patient Information Form. Once the form is complete, a representative from the Communications Center will contact you with more information. If you have any questions about completing the Prospective Patient Information Form, please call the Communications Center at (405) 271-7744. 

*We ask that you not bring children to your appointment. The presence of unsupervised children under the age of 12 will result in your appointment having to be rescheduled.

Pediatric Clinic

Our comprehensive pediatric services are designed to follow a child from infancy to their pre-teen years (12).  Our student dentists and pediatric specialists provide comprehensive oral health examinations, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, sealants, restorative procedures (fillings, crowns, etc.).

 

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Infants (ages 1-2)

The Infant Oral Health Program provides low-cost care to infants and toddlers and teaches parents preventive measures to raise their infants and toddlers to have healthy mouths and teeth. 

Once infants begin the program, they are retained in the Pediatric Clinic where the dental students can monitor the growth and development of the child as they grow from infants to toddlers, toddlers to children, and children to teenagers.

The initial appointment includes a dental examinations, oral health plan, a cleaning and an elective fluoride treatment at a cost of $17. Fees subject to change. 

Children (ages 3-11)

The Pediatric Clinic provides dental care to children ages 3 to 11. All dental care is provided by dental students who are supervised by specialists in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. A fee for treatment will be charged: however, they are considerably less than private practice charges. Services Include:

Preventive Dentistry

  • Comprehensive Examinations
  • Gentle Dental Cleanings
  • Radiographs (x-rays)
  • Sealants (to prevent cavities)
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Oral Hygiene Instructions
  • Nutritional Counseling

Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry 

  • Fillings (both silver and tooth colored)
  • Crowns
  • Bonding
  • Veneers
  • Repairing teeth broken by trauma
  • Teeth Whitening

Other Services

  • Orthodontic Evaluation
    • Early Treatment of Crooked Teeth
    • Retainers
    • Correction of Early Bite Problems
    • Space Maintainers
    • Oral Habit Prevention
    • *If treatment indicated referral to Graduate Orthodontics Clinic
  • Dentistry for Special Needs Patients
  • Treatment for Pediatric Dental Trauma
  • Nitrous Oxide Analgesia (laughing gas)

A new child patient appointment includes diagnostic X-rays, examination, cleaning and fluoride  at a cost of $39. Fees subject to change.

 

Schedule a Screening

Call (405) 271-2360

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the quality of care received at the OU College of Dentistry?

The quality of care provided in the student clinics at the OU College of Dentistry regularly meets the established standard of care for the practice of dentistry.  Treatment does take some time to accomplish.  Students are taught the latest techniques using the highest quality of materials for restoring and replacing teeth in a clean and safe clinic environment. 

Is there a cost for treatment provided at the OU College of Dentistry?

Yes, there are costs associated with treatment provided at the OU College of Dentistry.  Treatment provided by our students is usually one-third the cost of the fees charged at a private dental practice.  Please see the table below for examples of fees.  

Procedure               Estimated Student Fee Estimated Private Practice Fee
Teeth Cleaning                              $39 $99
Two surface silver filling                             $81 $232
One surface tooth-colored filling                             $81 $185
Metal-ceramic single crown                             $500 $1,196

What can I expect in terms of cost for treatment at the OU College of Dentistry?

The cost of a patient's care may vary depending on the level of complexity and amount of treatment needed.  Most plans for treatment will begin around $600 for routine care that may include cleanings and several fillings.  Care may be as much as $5,000 for more complex care that may include a number of fillings, crowns, and removable or fixed appliances.  Most plans are somewhere in the middle of this range.  

The OU College of Dentistry advises patients that they must plan to spend at least $150 to have a Comprehensive Oral Evaluation with necessary x-rays and molds of the teeth made.  Once this evaluation process is complete, a plan is advised to address the patient's individual dental needs.  The cost for teeth cleaning is not included in this process.  

What payment options are available at the OU College of Dentistry?

The OU College of Dentistry does not offer payment plans for the cost of dental treatment, but arrangements can be made for pre-payment of services in advance of treatment.

Patients in the Pediatric Clinic may pay at the end of their appointment. 

Can I use my dental insurance at the OU College of Dentistry?

The OU College of Dentistry is currently contracted with two insurance companies including Health Choice and Delta Dental.  The OU College of Dentistry will file insurance for all insurance companies as a courtesy to the patient, but it is the responsibility of the patient to understand the limits of their policy coverage.  It is also the responsibility of the patient to pay any applicable deductibles and co-pay amount in order to keep their account current.

The College of Dentistry is a provider for a limited number of insurance companies. Our staff will file your insurance claim for you even if your carrier is not one of the contracted companies. You will be responsible for any amount not covered by your insurance company. Please be aware that payment is expected at the time services are provided.

We accept the following forms of payment:

  • Cash
  • Visa
  • Discover
  • MasterCard