Why do I need a screening appointment?
The screening examination assesses your dental health. We review the information gathered during the exam to determine whether our student clinics can manage your case. Some patients learn at the screening appointment that HSC-BCD will be unable to meet their needs.
Where do I go for my appointment?
Baylor College of Dentistry is located at 3302 Gaston Avenue at Hall Street, about a mile east of downtown Dallas and adjacent to Baylor University Medical Center. Click here for directions to the college or call 214-828-8464 for recorded directions. Several pay parking lots are located near the college. Metered parking places are also available on Gaston Avenue and Hall Street.
After parking, enter the main entrance on Gaston Avenue unless you require the special ramp accommodations on Hall Street. From inside the main entrance, go to the left past the elevators to the "Information/Oral Diagnosis" window and inform the staff of your arrival.
If you enter the basement via the Hall Street ramp, turn left at the first main corridor. Continue until you reach the large snack area. Turn right to reach the elevators to the first floor. Upon exiting the elevators, turn left and you will see the "Information/Oral Diagnosis" window. Inform the staff of your arrival. If you need a wheelchair or other assistance entering the building, please call the Security Office at 214-828-8335 in advance of your appointment. (Click here for more directions).
What does the examination cost?
The cost for the dental screening examination is $75, payable at the time of service by cash, check, MasterCard or VISA. This fee is non-refundable. If accepted as a patient a $200.00 deposit will also be required after the screening examination. Please call 214-828-8441 for current fees.
Who will examine me?
Dental students and dentists on faculty at the college conduct screening examinations. HSC-BCD is a teaching facility. Students provide the care under the careful supervision of faculty members.
What can I expect at this examination?
Your head, neck, face and mouth will be examined along with your teeth and gums. You should be prepared to stay for at least 1 1/2 hours. Please bring allergy information and any medications you are taking to help us compile your complete medical history. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call 214-828-8441 to cancel at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled time.
What will I be told about my mouth?
You will be informed about the condition of your gums and teeth and the treatment necessary to resolve your dental issues.
How will I know how much treatment will cost?
The students or faculty who examine you will provide an estimate of your treatment costs. Costs are generally 30 to 40 percent less than those charged by private dentists.
When will my treatment begin?
In most cases, treatment will begin at a future appointment after you are assigned to a dental student.
What if I have a dental emergency after the screening appointment but before the assignment?
If you have an emergency, which requires immediate attention during the time you are waiting to be assigned, please seek the care of a private dentist.
Can children receive dental care?
Children ages 4 through 15 receive care through the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Call 214-828-8133 for screening information. For children under age 4, call 214-828-8166.
Are braces available at the dental school?
Call the Department of Orthodontics at 214-828-8121 for information regarding orthodontic care.