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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Common Questions

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Faculty Dentists
UW Dentistry Faculty Practice
Teaching Clinic
UW School of Dentistry Teaching Clinics
Specialty Clinic
UW School of Dentistry Specialty Clinics
Providers Highly skilled, experienced faculty dentists Supervised dental students Dentists training for a specialty
Appointment Length Equivalent to a local private dental practice ~ 2 – 3 times longer than a private dental practice Varies by procedure; but less than a teaching clinic
Appointment Cost Competitive with local private dental practices ~ 30 – 40 percent less than a private dental practice Generally, less than private specialty practice
Wait Time As soon as possible Can be a few weeks or more Variable

Unfortunately, the School cannot offer free or sliding-scale care. Payment is due at the time of treatment, and our clinics accept several dental insurance plans.

Our dental student clinics offer care at fees approximately 30-40 percent lower, than fees at Seattle-area dental offices.  Call 206-616-6996 if you have any questions.

The CareCredit Card is a credit card for medical or dental care that offers no-interest payment plans, low monthly payments and an easy application process that allows for treatment to begin immediately upon credit approval. Applications for the CareCredit Card can be done in our offices or at home. To apply at home by phone call 1-800-365-8295, or visit the CareCredit Card website.

Please visit our Fees and Insurance page for more information.

The School of Dentistry cannot provide child care services for patients while they are receiving care. Children cannot be left unattended in the reception areas. Children are not allowed in any clinic treatment area if they are not the patient receiving care.

*PLEASE NOTE: Pets are not allowed in the building, except for service animals.

Paid parking is available in the UW’s S-1 parking area on the south side of the Health Sciences Center and in the underground Triangle Parking Garage on Pacific Street. We do not validate parking. Patients are encouraged to use King County Metro bus service to the Health Sciences Center, which is served by multiple lines from all parts of the greater Seattle area.

Because students need to deliver patient care to graduate, it is particularly important that you keep your scheduled appointments. If you need to change your appointment, please call your assigned dental provider or clinic patient care coordinator at the number on your appointment card or 206.616.6996 as soon as possible. This will allow us to give another patient your appointment time.

Yes! At the UW Dentistry Faculty Practice, patients receive care by highly-skilled, experienced UW School of Dentistry faculty. For an appointment, call 206-685-8258 or email

Yes; we offer a complete range of specialized dental care. Each department has individual requirements regarding acceptance for care. In some cases you may need X-rays and a referral from the dentist who initially treated or examined you. For additional information, please contact the department directly:

Specialty Clinic services and phone numbers
Specialty Clinic Typical Services Phone Number
Endodontics Root Canals 206-543-5034
Advanced General Dentistry Comprehensive Care/Medically Complex 206-685-8258
Oral Medicine Facial and joint pain/TMJ 206-685-2937
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Extractions, implants, tumor surgery, bone grafting, TMJ surgery, facial reconstruction 206-543-5860
Orthodontics Braces/ Straightening teeth 206-543-5787
Pediatric Dentistry Children’s dentistry 206-543-3525
Periodontics Gum treatment, implants 206-543-5797
Prosthodontics Full and partial dentures, implant restoration, bridgework 206-543-5991

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