How to Become a Patient

Caring for your teeth and mouth is vital to maintaining your overall health and appearance. Even if you brush and floss regularly, you still need to receive professional care on a regular basis to maintain good oral health. Make the UCLA Dental Clinics and their affiliated clinics your dental home where all your dental needs can be addressed.

If you are trying to make an appointment at the UCLA Faculty Group Dental Practice, please call (310) 794-5750.

The UCLA Dental Clinics in Westwood and the UCLA Venice Dental Center are the patient care branches of the UCLA School of Dentistry. Since we are an educational institution, a number of our procedures and policies differ from a private practice. While patient care is always our foremost concern, we are equally responsible for the education and training of our students and residents.

The UCLA School of Dentistry is fully committed to protecting patient health information and maintaining patient confidentiality. However, due to the semi-private layout of our clinical facilities where dental chairs units are separated by partitions, there is a risk of incidental disclosure of your patient information to other individuals who may be nearby. While the chance of incidental disclosure through overhead communications cannot be completely eliminated, the UCLA School of Dentistry has taken reasonable precautions to minimize and limit such incidental use and disclosure.

Step #1: Make an Appointment

If you are interested in becoming a patient at one of our General Clinic locations or any one of our specialized clinics, please contact those clinics directly for more information.

Step #2: Oral Health Screening

UCLA Dental Clinics in Westwood:
Before becoming a patient at the UCLA Dental Clinics, you will first be screened to determine if the General Clinic (pre-doctoral) is a good fit for your dental care needs. The oral health screening is free-of-charge. Following screening and if accepted as a patient, you will be assigned to a dental student and supervising faculty member from the UCLA School of Dentistry.

If you wish to inititate treatment, we will take the necessary radiographs, assess the state of your general health and develop a treatment plan. The fee for the radiographs, assessment of your general health and treatment plan is $95.

UCLA Venice Dental Center:
Before becoming a patient at the UCLA Venice Dental Center, you will first be screened by a faculty member to determine if your treatment needs are a good fit for the teaching environment.  A full series of X-rays or basic X-rays will be taken as needed, determined by the screening faculty. The fee for the full series of X-rays is $50. 

Once the screening process is complete and the patient is accepted as a potential teaching case in our student clinic, he/she will be scheduled for a comprehensive oral examination to assess the general state of their oral health and create a full-mouth treatment plan. The fee for the oral examination is $45 in the student clinic. 

Step #3: Connecting with a Provider

At your initial screening, we will determine if your dental needs can be addressed by a dental student. If your case is too complex for our dental students, you may need specialized care at one of our Residency Clinics (including specialties), the Faculty Group Dental Practice or possibly the private sector. 

If you are being screened at the UCLA Venice Dental Center and your treatment needs are complex, you may be assigned to the Venice Residency clinic (VenAEGD) and a secondary screening with the residency Program Director will be required.

*** Please note that treatment at one of our specialized clinics, the UCLA Faculty Group Dental Practice or the private sector have higher fees. ***