Medical University of South Carolina
College of Dental Medicine
173 Ashley Avenue
P.O. Box 250507
Charleston, SC 29425-2601
The University of South Carolina School of Detnal Medicine supports Preventive Dentistry
Why is preventive dentistry important and when should
Preventive Dentistry means a healthy smile that requires fewer visits to the Dentist:
- Eating becomes more enjoyable because healthy mouths chew more easily
and gain more nutrients from the foods they eat.
- You can also speak more quickly and clearly.
- People with healthier mouths have a better chance of general health, because disease in the mouth can endanger the rest of the body.
- A healthy mouth is more attractive, and you can have confidence that you are putting forth your best appearance.
- Preventive Dentistry is the first step to becoming cavity-free.
Preventive dentistry begins Regular Tooth brushing.
The earlier your dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental disease and reducing your time in the Dentist’s Chair
Visit your dentist for a complete examination to lay the foundations for having the best in dental health.
The College of Dental Medicine has an emergency “walk in” clinic for both assigned and non assigned patients. Patients are seen in the Oral Medicine Clinic (First Floor, Room 119) Monday through Friday at 8:45 AM or 12:45 PM with the exception of Tuesday mornings.
The phone number to the Emergency Dental Clinic is (843) 792-2101, option 1.
College of Dental Medicine patients that need to be seen after hours for emergencies can call (843) 792-2123 and ask for the dental resident on call. If you are experiencing severe pain, swelling, or any life threatening situations, please call 911 or present to the nearest Medical Emergency Room.
Rendering of emergency care in no way obligates the College of Dental Medicine to assume responsibility for further treatment. If additional care is indicated following emergency treatment, patients must follow the usual screening procedures to qualify for comprehensive care.
About Our Services
Welcome to the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. We are pleased that you are interested in receiving your dental care with us. We pledge to provide the highest quality care in a timely and safe environment.
Our patients are provided treatment through:
Becoming a Patient
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.
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
A fee is charged for all patient services and the patient is expected to pay for the service as treatment is rendered. Since most of the care is provided by dental students who are carefully supervised by faculty, treatment usually progresses more slowly than in a private office. To compensate for this inconvenience, the cost of treatment is substantially lower than those charged by a private dentist. A treatment plan including approximate fees will be presented to the patient prior to treatment being rendered. Treatment plans and / or fees may change as treatment progresses or changes. Patients should expect annual fee increases.
The College of Dental Medicine requires payment in full at the beginning of any treatment for crowns, bridges, partial dentures, complete dentures, or implants.
Payment can be made by cash, check, VISA, or Master Card.
Patients with dental insurance are expected to pay for services as they are rendered. Insurance claim forms are made available to the patient by one of the College of Dental Medicine cashiers. The patient is responsible for filing their own insurance benefits for self reimbursement. Help is available upon request at the cashier checkout area.