Baylor College of Dentistry
A Member of The Texas A & M University System
P.O. Box 660677
Dallas, TX 75266-0677
3302 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246
Phone: (214) 828-8100
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Thank you for your interest in becoming a general care patient at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry. Patients will be seen on a first come first served basis (Monday-Friday). Doors open at 7.00 A.M. each day. A limited number of patients will be seen each day.
The following information will become effective August 1, 2007 when the college resumes the screening of potential new patients.
Since we are a teaching institution we only accept a limited number of patients. If you are accepted or referred to one of our specialty clinics a $16.00 fee will be charged. Referral to our specialty clinics does not guarantee that you will be accepted as one of their patients. The clinic will provide their own screening and notify you of their decision. The $16.00 fee is not refunded if you are not assigned. If you are not accepted as a patient, no fee will be charged for the exam.
1.Fees are not based on income and are due at the time of service.
2. All treatment fees are approximately 30-40% less than a private dentist.
3.Medicaid and Medicare are not accepted for general dental treatment.
4. Insurance is not accepted as a form of payment.
5. Patients must be able to come in for appointments an average of once a week
6. There are no payment plan options available.
7. Treatment will require longer and more frequent appointments than at a private dentist.
8. Treatment is provided by dental or dental hygiene students and is supervised by licensed clinical faculty.
9. Parking is available in the surrounding area for a minimal fee.
10. A fee is charged for all services performed at the dental college. Accepted forms of payment are cash, check, money order, visa or master card.
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 $16, payable at the time of service by cash, check, MasterCard or VISA. This fee is non-refundable.
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 214-828-8123 for information regarding orthodontic care.
Texas A & M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry has been dedicated to combining higher education and research with community service since opening its doors more than 100 years ago. Each year HSC–BCD provides oral health care to approximately 193,000 adults and children, many of whom are underserved, through its on-site clinics and through area hospitals and community-based programs. The college offers a synergistic environment where students learn life lessons – in addition to dental medicine – from a diverse patient population.
HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry has a strong commitment to educating underrepresented minority students. The Bridge to Dentistry: Awareness to Graduation program serves as a comprehensive pipeline program targeting pre-kindergarten students through college graduates. The program is increasing its reach by partnering with three local colleges. More than 200 of the program’s college– and post–baccalaureate–level participants have matriculated at dental, medical or other health professions–related schools across the country. The 2007–2008 HSC–BCD first-year dental class leads the nation’s non–historically black and Hispanic dental schools in underrepresented minority enrollment.
- Project Dental Awareness, a program designed to increase students’ awareness of dental health and dental careers. Project activities include on-site visits to elementary schools to present hands-on activities to students in grades Pre-K – 6. Students in grades 7-12 visit HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry for awareness activities. Students in grades 4-12 participate in Future Dentist Clubs.
- The Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program for 10th Graders, a one-week program, provides rising 10th-grade students an opportunity to increase their awareness of careers in dentistry.
- The Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program for 11th Graders, a one-week program provides rising 11th graders an opportunity to increase their awareness of dental careers and knowledge of dentistry.
- The Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program for 12th Graders, a six-week program, provides 12th-grade students an opportunity to prepare for and successfully take the SAT in order to increase their competitiveness for admission to college and to increase their awareness of dental careers.
- The College Pre-Matriculation Program, a six-week program, provides rising college students an opportunity to strengthen their science background in preparation for entering a pre-dental college curriculum.
- The Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program for College Students, an eight-week program, provides college and post-college students an opportunity to prepare for and successfully take the Dental Admission Test, strengthen their academic background, increase their competitiveness for admission to dental school, and enhance their success once admitted to dental school.
- The Post-Baccalaureate Program, a year-long program, provides students holding baccalaureate degrees an opportunity to gain admission into HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry upon successful completion of the program.
- The Peer Tutoring Program and other academic support allow the HSC-BCD to retain and graduate its disadvantaged students.
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