State University of New York at Buffalo
School of Dental Medicine
325 Squire Hall
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Becoming a Patient
Thank you for your interest in becoming a patient at the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Dental Medicine. As a patient you will make an important contribution to the education of our dental students. Prior to acceptance we require prospective patients to fill out an application and proceed through a 'Screening Appointment.'
- Please read this informational sheet carefully.
- Complete the enclosed Patient Application and return with $48.00 or Medicaid Insurance information in the enclosed envelope. DO NOT SEND CASH Please make check or money order payable to: School of Dental Medicine
WHY IS AN APPLICATION FEE REQUIRED?
The non-refundable fee of $48.00 has been set to cover the cost of establishing a patient record, processing the information, the initial evaluation and a panoramic radiograph (x-ray). Medicaid* eligible patients are not required to include the fee with your application, however you must provide us with enough information to determine your eligibility for Medicaid coverage. Fees are subject to change, so timely return of your application fee is encouraged. [*We DO NOT participate in the Family Health Plus Insurance program.]
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT THE SCREENING APPOINTMENT?
Your screening appointment will consist of the following: 1) A faculty member will review your medical and dental health histories.(forms will be sent upon receipt of screening fee or Medicaid Insurance information) 2) A disposable mirror will be used for a brief glimpse of your oral condition. 3) A panoramic radiograph (x-ray) will be ordered if you have not had one taken within the past 2 years. 4) The x-ray will be reviewed by our clinical faculty after your screening appointment has been completed. 5) You will receive a complimentary toothbrush and floss. Patients who do not qualify to participate in our clinical educational program will be notified in writing. We regret that all patients screened cannot be accepted for dental care. Your treatment may be too complex for student dentists and may be best managed by a private dentist.
DENTAL TREATMENT WILL NOT BE FREE. HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The fees charged are substantially less than the cost of care from a private dentist and treatment progresses more slowly. The lower fees are offered to compensate for the longer treatment time and more frequent visits. Your estimated fees will be presented to you along with a treatment plan before any substantial treatment is begun, however, payment is required at time of service.
HOW LONG ARE APPOINTMENTS?
Since we are a teaching facility, the length of your appointments and overall treatment will likely take longer than it would from a private dentist. High standards are required of our student dentists, and their work is continually being evaluated by our clinical faculty. You should therefore expect to spend between 2 to 3 hours per appointment. This attention to detail requires more of your time, but assures you of quality dental care. If your schedule is such that it is difficult for you to come frequently and stay for the rather lengthy appointments often required, then you should consider seeking care from a private dentist.
MY CHILDREN NEED DENTAL CARE, WHO CAN I CONTACT?
The UB School of Dental Medicine has a Pediatric Dental Department which specializes in dental care for toddlers, children and adolescents (ages 3-13). This department handles their own screening appointments and you may contact them directly for additional information at (716) 829-2723. The UB School of Dental Medicine is not a participant in the CHP (Child Health Plus) Insurance Program.
MY CHILDREN MAY NEED BRACES, WHO CAN I CONTACT?
The School of Dental Medicine has an Orthodontic Department which specializes in correcting problems associated with spacing and crowding of teeth. This department offers screening at various times of the year. For acceptance into their clinics, you may contact them directly for additional information at (716) 829-2845.
Clinic hours are 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Clinics are closed weekends and some holidays which are recognized by the University.
Upon receipt of the Screening Fee ($48.00) or Medicaid Insurance information, additional forms as well as clinic location and parking information will be sent to you at the time of appointment scheduling.
Expect delays in processing your application if it is returned incomplete and/or failure to include the $48.00 application fee or Medicaid Insurance information.
Application and screening do not guarantee acceptance. Many factors influence your acceptance into our educational program including but not limited to: the complexity of your medical and/or dental health and your availability. To request an application, or if you have additional questions regarding the application process, please phone:
Patient Admissions at (716) 829-2732.
Application and screening do not guarantee acceptance. Many factors influence your acceptance into our educational program including but not limited to: the complexity of your medical and/or dental health and your availability.
To request an application, or if you have additional questions regarding the application process, please phone:
UB Student/Chickering Discount Dental Program
Are you enrolled in the UB Student Medical Insurance Plan? If so, Chickering and UB have arranged a Discount Dental Program for you and your eligible dependents!
You will pay just $35 for each appointment (one every six months) for the following services!
- Cleaning (prophylaxis), including routine scaling and polishing
- Oral Examination
- Bitewing x-rays (if necessary)
- Treatment Plan (if necessary)
In addition, you will also be eligible for dental care from the School of Dental Medicine at our already reduced fees. Comprehensive services include but are not limited to:
- Tooth Whitening
- Mouth Guards
- Extractions, including Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Root Canals
* The orthodontic department offers screening at various times of the year. For acceptance into their clinics, you may contact them directly for additional information at (716) 829-2845
How do I access care? All you need to do is call the SDM Patient Admissions (716) 829-2732 and let them know that you are insured under the UB Student Chickering Dental Plan
Questions? Call The Chickering Group at (800) 954-5793
Clinic Contact Numbers
|General Dentistry Clinics|
|During Clinic Hours (8 AM - 5 PM Monday thru Friday)||829-2821|
|After Clinic Hours - click here for additional after-hours emergency information
|Buffalo General Hospital||859-5600|
|Erie County Medical Center||898-3000|
|Women and Children's Hospital||878-7000|
Clinical Departments and Special Services
|Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery||829-2722|
|Oral Facial Pain, TMD and Oral Medicine||829-6261|
|Pediatric (Children's) Dentistry||829-2723|
|Periodontal Disease Research Clinic||829-2853|
|Post-Graduate Clinics (AEGD, Periodontics, Prosthodontics)||829-2755|
|3rd Floor Hygiene Clinic (Oral Health Recall)||829-3846|
|University Dental Associates||829-2721|
Note: All telephone numbers are area code 716
Most clinical facilities are located in Squire Hall on the University at Buffalo's South Campus on Main Street near the intersection with Bailey Avenue. It is easily accessible from Millersport Highway (Route 263), Main St. (Route 5), or Bailey Ave. (Route 62). Parking is available in the shaded lots on the map below with a daily permit obtained from the reception desk in Squire Hall. The South Campus Station (shaded in green below), a short walk from Squire Hall, is served by NFTA Metro Bus and Rail. Clinic Parking Brochure (printable PDF)
Most clinical facilities are located in Squire Hall on the University at Buffalo's South Campus on Main Street near the intersection with Bailey Avenue. It is easily accessible from Millersport Highway (Route 263), Main St. (Route 5), or Bailey Ave. (Route 62). Parking is available in the shaded lots on the map below with a daily permit obtained from the reception desk in Squire Hall.
The South Campus Station (shaded in green below), a short walk from Squire Hall, is served by NFTA Metro Bus and Rail.
Clinic Parking Brochure (printable PDF)