James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

Student Clinics

Patients who seek affordable and comprehensive dental care choose to receive their treatment through the Dental Student Clinics. Students work directly under the supervision of full and part time faculty. All patients are assured of receiving quality care and personal attention from the faculty and staff. Treatment will take longer than in a private office, therefore, patients are asked to be available for three hour sessions on a regular basis.

In order to become a patient of the Dental Student Teaching Clinics, one must be screened by a faculty member.

  • For adult (14 and older) screening, call (843) 792-2101, option 2.
  • For pediatric and orthodontic screening, call (843) 792-3366.

Adult Care (14 years and older)

The first step in becoming a comprehensive care patient in the College of Dental Medicine is to arrange a screening appointment by calling (843) 792-2101, option 2 between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The College of Dental Medicine screens on average 40 to 50 patients per week. If you call for a screening and are unable to obtain one the first time, please call again as the appointments tend to go quickly, but the books are continually opened on a weekly basis.

Screening Appointment (First Appointment)
The screening will be provided by one of the College’s Oral Medicine Faculty. Your dental needs will be matched with the needs and capabilities of the dental students. Not all patients will be accepted, however most will. Those not accepted will not be charged a screening fee and referred to a graduate residency, faculty practice, or the private sector.

Radiographs (Second Appointment)
At this appointment, an appropriate set of radiographs will be taken. If you have existing radiographs or duplicates, please bring them to the screening appointment so a determination can be made if any further radiographs are needed.

Treatment Planning (Third Appointment)
A comprehensive treatment plan will be fabricated and presented to you so that you will understand treatment options, sequence, informed consent, estimated costs, and time involved. The treatment plan and / or fees may change as treatment progresses. Patient should expect annual fee increases.

Student Assignment
After the Treatment Planning appointment, you will be assigned to a student. You should be contacted by that student within 2 weeks of assignment and then contacted by a College of Dental Medicine Scheduler to make your first treatment appointment. If your student does not make the initial contact within 3 weeks of the Treatment Plan, please contact the College of Dental Medicine Patient Care Coordinator at (843) 792-6830. If you need to cancel an appointment please call either (843) 792-0400 or 792-0380. Cancellations should be made at least 24 hours prior to the appointment.

Children’s Care (Under 14 years old)

Screening appointments for children under 5 years of age are made with the Pediatric Dentistry Residents by calling (843) 876-8815. Screening appointments for children from 6 to 13 years old are made with the Pediatric Dental Clinic Receptionist at (843) 792-3365. Parents and / or guardians are required to be present for all appointments.

Fees and Insurance