Becoming a Patient

Thank you for your interest in becoming a patient of the School of Dentistry. The faculty, staff and students are committed to providing comprehensive "patient centered" care. Please review the following patient information about becoming a patient at the University of  Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.  This information applies to our student clinics; for more information about our specialty and faculty practice clinics please see the section on Specialty Clinics.


The School of Dentistry provides dental care at two locations.

The main clinic is on the University of Detroit Mercy Corktown Campus, located near downtown Detroit, one block east of I-96 Jeffries Freeway and within minutes of I-94, I-75, and the Lodge Freeway.  Free parking is available.

The University Health Center clinic is at Detroit Receiving Hospital, located on St. Antoine Street between Mack Avenue and East Canfield Street.  There is a nominal cost for parking.

Click here for maps and detailed directions.

First Visit

Your first visit will consist of a screening appointment to determine the difficulty of your case.

 Please note that not everyone is accepted for dental care.

  • Call 313-494-6700 to schedule a screening appointment at either location.
  • Bring recent radiographs, if available.
  • Bring ALL current medications with you.
  • Bring all insurance information, your insurance card, and photo identification. You will not be seen without a photo ID.
  • There is no charge for the screening appointment but there is a $48 charge for x-rays.
  • If you are under the care of a physician, please bring the name and address of your physician.

What to Expect as a Patient

Most of our patients are part of our student clinical program where students provide treatment under the supervision of licensed faculty dentists.  Due to the educational nature of the clinic, it will take much longer to complete your treatment than in a private dental office.

If you are accepted into the program and assigned to a dental student, you will be examined and a plan for your treatment will be developed.  This usually requires three to four visits and may involve making molds of your teeth.  Expect to spend three hours for each appointment, a minimum of twice a month, until your treatment is completed.  

Click here for more information on patient responsibilities. (PDF Document)