Welcome to UB Dental, where we are committed to providing exceptional care to all of our patients. As a new patient, you will receive top-notch dental services at an affordable cost. At UB Dental, we believe that everyone deserves access to quality dental care, and we accept all patients based on their dental needs and our ability to treat them. We look forward to helping you achieve optimal dental health and a bright smile.
If you're considering visiting UB Dental, it's important to know that it offers a unique experience compared to private dental practices. Here are some things to keep in mind:
First, it may take longer to get an appointment, and when you do, expect appointments to last up to three hours. However, this longer time frame is because students and faculty are involved in your care, providing what is known as "no-rush dental care".
It's also essential to be available year-round and not miss appointments. While we understand that unexpected issues may arise, missing appointments or being late twice may result in being discharged as a patient. Additionally, having a phone and responding to your student or patient manager within 48 business hours is necessary for efficient communication.
Following the recommended treatment plan is another expectation, which ensures that you receive the best possible care. If these guidelines don't work for you, then UB Dental may not be the right fit. Remember, our students depend on our patients to graduate.
By committing to these guidelines, you'll receive high-quality care at a more affordable cost while supporting the mission of the School of Dental Medicine.
We encourage you to read our Patient Information Booklet to learn more about what to expect when you visit UB Dental.
Every new patient (except for orthodontics patients) needs to receive a new patient application packet, complete the forms in the packet and then return the forms to us. You can download the new patient application packet, or contact us and we will mail it to you.
You do not need to request and complete the new patient form. To make your screening appointment, please just call the orthodontics office at (716) 829-2845.
Your new patient screening visit can take place at Squire Hall on UB’s South Campus. If you are accepted as a patient, most of your care will likely take place at Squire Hall.
For visits at Squire Hall, once your completed application is received, a registration attendant will contact you to schedule an appointment.
At your new patient screening visit:
This appointment will be used to determine your dental needs and answer any questions you may have about future treatment.
All patients are eligible for screening, and nearly every patient is accepted for treatment. However some prospective patients might not be the right fit and will be provided alternative treatment options. The factors that influence your acceptance into our educational program include (but are not limited to) the current condition of your oral health and your availability.
A non-refundable fee of $75 has been set to cover the cost of establishing a patient record, processing the information, conducting the initial evaluation and obtaining a panoramic radiograph (X-ray), if needed. (If current X-rays of good quality have been received prior to your new patient screening appointment, you may not require the panoramic X-ray. Please make check or money order payable to “UB School of Dental Medicine.” Individuals with Medicaid insurance are NOT required to pay the fee; however, you must provide us with enough information to determine your Medicaid eligibility. Fees are subject to change at any time.
Please note that screening visits are free for orthodontics patients.
At your first appointment with your assigned student dentist, further diagnostic information is obtained and your treatment plan is developed. The treatment plan gives you:
Gathering this information takes between one and two appointments. Treatment will not begin until approximately the third appointment. Treatment only begins after you, your student/resident and faculty member agree on the right treatment plan for you (including the cost).
Your student dentist and faculty member are happy to answer any of your questions. It is important that you understand the proposed treatment that is planned for you before treatment begins. If you have any concerns regarding your treatment plan — or any changes in your health — please discuss them with your student dentist and their supervising faculty member. They will advise you of any other treatment options and what to expect if treatment is changed or discontinued.
After you are accepted as a patient, you will set up a series of appointments to have records taken (X-rays, photos and molds of your teeth), to go over your treatment plan, and finally to have the appliances placed. Once treatment has begun you will be seen in our clinic every 4-6 weeks for regular adjustment visits (approximately one hour) until treatment is completed. Once treatment is complete you will be provided with a set of retainers.
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