Becoming a Patient at RSDM

Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an initial appointment, and evaluation call 973-972-4242. If you experience delays due to high call volume, email rsdmscreening@sdm.rutgers.edu. Please provide your name and phone number and an administrative assistant will call to set up the appointment.

What We Offer

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) provides a full range of oral health services while training the next generation of dentists. At our clinics, we offer high-quality care at rates much lower than private practices, but services are not free. RSDM accepts Medicaid plans, but we do not accept private insurance. For more information about payment, insurance and required five-point proof of identification, go HERE.

Your First Visit: What To Expect

At your first non-emergency patient visit, you will receive a screening that includes one set of X-rays at a fee of $55. Depending on screening results, an additional set of X-rays may be needed at additional cost. If you are being referred by another dentist, please bring your referral letter. If you have recent dental x-rays, you may want to bring them. Eligibility for care will be determined a your first screening.

Because the clinic is staffed by student doctors, who are closely overseen by faculty, treatment typically takes longer than it would at a private dental office. Your screening visit can take up to four hours to complete, so please arrive promptly and devote enough time.

At your first visit, you'll be assigned to either a predoctoral student (studying to become a dentist) or a postdoctoral student (already a dentist, studying to become a specialist). All students are supervised by faculty who are licensed dentists.

Your screening appointment will include an overview of your oral condition by a dentist. You'll be assigned a student doctor based on availability and the complexity of your dental treatment. It can take up to 8 weeks, and sometimes longer, for you to be assigned to a student for treatment.

If your treatment needs require more specialized care, you may be referred to an RSDM specialist or our faculty practice, Rutgers University Dental Associates. You can find a list of our specialty clinics, including our pediatric clinic, HERE.

Emergency Care

  • Registered patients: If you are in active treatment (within the last two years) and experiencing a dental emergency during clinic hours, contact your assigned dental student; dental care coordinator, or group receptionist, or stop in and report to your assigned group. Registered patients experiencing severe dental pain after hours or during the weekend or holiday should call our answering service at 973-972-0003.
  • Non-registered: You will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. There is an $85.00 fee for emergency exams ONLY. Additional fees will apply depending on treatment needed and are payable before treatment begins. Call (973)-972-4242. Non-registered patients in need of after-hours emergency treatment may choose to be seen at the University Hospital Emergency Room, located at 150 Bergen Street, Newark.

All patients who seek care at University Hospital Emergency Room are responsible for any hospital charges incurred. Services rendered at University Hospital are completely separate from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine charges.