Penn Dental Medicine

Patient Care

Patient Care

Patient Information

The main teaching clinics of the School of Dental Medicine provide a full range of general dentistry and specialty services. All care is delivered by students, who work under the close supervision of Penn faculty. Although it does take extra time for procedures to be completed, getting your treatment at the School can save money – particularly when extensive dental work is needed.

Care Providers

At the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine clinics, all care is provided by dental students or residents, who work in teams under the close supervision of faculty group leaders.

The group leaders are responsible for ensuring the quality and continuity of care that is given to all the School’s patients.

All group leaders are experienced, licensed dentists, who are dedicated full-time to treating patients and teaching clinical skills.


The School of Dental Medicine Clinics are located at 240 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA (at the corner of 40th and Locust Streets). For more information, please call 215-898-8965.

Services Available

A full range of general and specialty services are available through the teaching clinics of the School of Dental Medicine, including the following:

What to Expect at Your First Visit

When you become a patient at the School of Dental Medicine Clinics, we do a complete review of your overall health to detemine your dental care needs. We will ask you to complete a medical history form and we will check your vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, etc.), perform a head and neck exam and an oral cancer screening, take a full set of dental x-rays, and conduct a dental screening. You should expect this initial appointment to last about 3 hours.

Following your initial visit, you will receive a call from your student-doctor, who will schedule an appointment with you to begin your dental care.

Hours of Operation

The School of Dental Medicine Clinics are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, September through June. During July and August, the clinics are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Some specialty clinics may have slightly different hours of operation.)


Initial comprehensive exam: $55, plus an additional $75 for a full set of x-rays (not required if a recent set can be provided).

Fees for dental care depend upon the treatment required and will be discussed prior to treatment, with your assigned dental student, at a subsequent visit.

Insurance/Payment Information

Payment for services or proof of insurance coverage is required at the time of treatment. All major credit cards are accepted, as well as cash and personal checks. The School of Dental Medicine accepts payments from a large number of insurance plans. For more information, contact 215-898-5856.

Making an Appointment

To make an appointment to become a patient of the School of Dental Medicine, call 215-898-8965 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

New patients can generally receive an appointment for their initial screening visit within six to eight weeks of calling.

Patient Information for Release of Records

Patient requests for X-rays and/or dental records must be made in writing and must be signed by you or your representative (spouse, parent, etc.). Patient Information Release Forms»

Patient Information

To become a patient in a Penn Dental Medicine clinic, please call 215-898-8965.

The Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030