The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine provides urgent and emergency care for our patients of record (that is, patients currently treated by a dental student, general practice resident, graduate periodontal or orthodontic resident or dental faculty provider) as well as for patients who are not presently being treated at the School of Dental Medicine.
For patients who are not currently patients of the School of Dental Medicine, the Urgent Care/Emergency Clinic is open Monday through Friday when the Dental School is in session. Patients are seen on a first come first serve basis. The main doors of the School open at 8 am and the Urgent Care/Emergency Clinic begins seeing patients at 10 am. It is recommended that patients arrive early to register as the Clinic sometimes fills to capacity due to high demand.
Call 303-724-6941 for Emergency Clinic information
The purpose of the Clinic is to provide relief of emergency problems, such as pain, swelling, bleeding or trauma. Treatment is provided by third and fourth year dental students under the supervision of School of Dental Medicine faculty.
Children are not allowed in the clinic and must be attended at all times while in the School of Dental Medicine lobby and public spaces.
The basic Urgent Care/Emergency Clinic fee is $56.00 which includes a diagnostic exam, medical review and a radiograph of the area of concern. Any additional procedures such as extractions or root canals will incur additional fees. Every attempt has been made to keep our fees as low as possible.
All payments are expected on the day of service. The basic Urgent Care/Emergency Clinic fee will be collected prior to being seen. The Clinic accepts cash, major credit and debit cards. Medicaid is accepted for covered services. If you have dental insurance, payment documentation will be provided so that a claim for reimbursement can be submitted by you to your insurance company.
For patients of record, emergencies are best handled by calling your student or resident dental provider directly.
If the student or resident is unavailable, a call to the main switchboard will direct your call to the appropriate department.
Main Dental School Switchboard: Call 303-724-6900
After hours and weekends
Orthodontic after hours emergencies for patients of record only in the department of Orthodontics are handled by the orthodontic resident on call. Emergencies are defined as pain, swelling or trauma directly related to the orthodontic appliances. It does not include loose brackets or bands or lost elastics unless significant pain, swelling, bleeding or trauma results. The pager number is 303-206-1628.
Patients of record (patients currently being treated at the school)after hours emergencies are handled by calling the University of Colorado (UCH) operator at 720-848-0000 to establish contact with the general practice resident on call.
All other patients requiring emergency care after hours should report to the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) Emergency Department. Dental residents and faculty are ‘on call’ if needed by the Hospital Emergency Department staff to provide emergency dental care. There will be additional hospital charges for these services.
Call 720-848-0000 and ask for the Emergency Department.
Non Emergent Care
Non emergent routine dental issues are best served by becoming a patient in one of our school programs, including comprehensive care provided by dental students, as well as, post graduate programs in periodontics, orthodontics and general practice.
Call 303-724-6900 and select (2) to become a patient.
Dental care provided by faculty members is available through the Dental Faculty Practice.
Call 303-724-5505 for an appointment.