Before Your Visit
What to expect as a patient at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
Your First Appointment
Please allow a couple of hours for this first appointment for:
- Medical and dental history
- Preliminary screening
- X-rays (if applicable)
- Specialty consultation (if applicable)
If you need X-rays they will be taken, and a dental student will examine your mouth and discuss the findings with you and a faculty member. The fee for your first visit includes the appropriate radiographs and an examination.
If you have had X-rays within the last year, you may only need an oral diagnosis examination and consultation. Please bring your radiographs to your first appointment; the radiology staff will evaluate their diagnostic value and determine if additional images are required.
Following your visit for oral diagnosis, you will be assigned to a student dentist or post-doctoral resident who will be responsible for your comprehensive dental care with faculty supervision. The student/resident or a member of the staff will call you to schedule an appointment. Evening and Saturday appointments are available.
As dental care providers, we want you to enjoy a healthy smile. We are committed to delivering superior dental care. This depends on effective communication and equal commitment between the patient, the dental student/resident, and the faculty member.
Successful treatment requires:
- The patient’s commitment to completing the treatment plan
- Arriving for appointments on time
- Providing at least 24-hours notice when canceling an appointment
- Timely payment of all required fees (payment for out-of-pocket costs is required at the time of service)
Cost of treatment
All of our procedures are offered at very competitive fees, as you are helping our students/residents gain the necessary expertise they will need to become effective dentists and specialists. We also believe that offering dental care at a reasonable fee will encourage better dental hygiene throughout our communities.
As your treatment plan is determined, the cost of the procedures will be discussed with you by the student/resident and their supervising faculty member in order to keep an open line of communication regarding the costs you will incur. As you have questions about the costs of your treatment plan, what is covered by your insurance plan(s), and what the out-of-pocket costs will be, you can always contact our Patient Financial Services department at 617-358-3900.