Dental Care

Welcome to Meharry’s School of Dentistry Patient Care!

Whether you are in need of implants, whitening, veneers, check-ups, emergency care, or other oral health services, patients of all ages receive quality care and innovative treatments in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere—and in the timeliest manner possible.

 

Our team of faculty, highly trained dental students, residents, and friendly staff are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain excellent oral health by offering a full range of general and specialty dental services in the following areas:

  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Dental Implants
    • Surgical Placement
    • Restoration
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Oral Diagnostics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Orthodontics

 

Dental treatment in our clinics is rendered by our undergraduate dental students under the supervision of licensed faculty. Postgraduate dentists also provide additional specialized care in our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and General Practice Residency clinics.

 

Please be informed that all services are affordable, but not free of charge.

To schedule an appointment, call the clinic at 615.327.6669, option #1 or 615.327.6900. Please make arrangements to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.

 

The School of Dentistry has a cancellation policy of at least 24 hours’ notice. Please be mindful that after five (5) broken appointments—including no-shows, no-calls, or appointments cancelled less than 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time—you will not be allowed to schedule future appointments in the student clinic.

Patients with dental emergencies after normal clinic hours (evenings and weekends) will be provided care at Metropolitan Nashville General Hospital Emergency Room at Meharry Medical College.

 

For more information, please call: 615.341.4357

Payment Policies

Please read the following payment policies carefully, as all patients, whether insured or uninsured, are responsible for the cost of all services rendered.

  • Insured patients will be required to satisfy any co-pay or deductible amounts due at the time of service. After your co-pay or deductible has been satisfied, your insurance company will be billed for the services rendered. Outstanding balances will be billed to you after your insurance company processes your claim.
  • Uninsured patients will pay a $60 charge for the initial evaluation and treatment. After your initial visit, payment in full will be due at each subsequent visit for services rendered.
  • For treatment involving multiple appointments and/or services of a dental laboratory (e.g., crowns, bridges, and partials), a payment of 50% of the service rendered is due at the initial service date, and the remaining balance will be divided into three payments. This balance must be paid in full before the appliance can be delivered.
  • You will be responsible for the cost of all services rendered if we do not accept your insurance. If we do not accept your insurance, a claim will be billed as a courtesy, and your insurance company will reimburse you directly.
  • In the event that your insurance company denies your claim, you are still responsible for the balance of the services rendered. Payment in full will be expected within 30 days of the denial date. Please call our Business Office at 615.327.6776 with additional questions.

Payment Options

Please be informed that all services are provided at affordable rates, but are not free of charge.

 

Acceptable forms of payment:

  • Cash, check*, money order
  • MasterCard®, Visa®, Discover®
  • Most major insurance accepted
  • Most third-party PPOs accepted
  • Flexible spending accounts accepted—call for more information
  • Care Credit (personal line of credit)

A service charge of $35.00 will be applied to any returned check.

How can I schedule an appointment?

To schedule an appointment in our student clinic, please call us at 615.327.6900 or 615.327.6669.

 

What are the qualifications for patient selection?

Prospective patients interested in receiving dental care are primarily selected on the basis of their teaching potential. Your first appointment will be for an initial dental evaluation to determine your dental needs.  Preliminary diagnostic radiographs are taken, and your record is forwarded to the patient pool for assignment to a student.

 

What do I need to do in preparation for my appointment? What can I expect when I arrive?

The School of Dentistry provides an introduction of our clinical processes during your new patient orientation. If you are a returning patient, you will be advised of all clinical process changes.

 

What age range are your patients?

Our clinics serve patients ranging from age one to senior adults. Since minimum age requirements vary, please contact the clinic for more specific information.

 

Do I need to arrive earlier than my scheduled appointment time?

Yes. It is beneficial to arrive at least 30 minutes early to ensure adequate time for patient processing.

 

What are your payment policies?

All patients, whether insured or uninsured, are responsible for the cost of all services rendered. Read the Billings and Collections section above for more information.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

Because of the restricted schedules of students and the time required for actual treatment, it is important that patients avoid cancelling or breaking appointments.

 

If you must cancel a scheduled appointment, we ask for a minimum of 24 hours’ notice when you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment. The telephone number to the clinic is 615.327.6669, option #1 or 615.327.6900.

 

Please be mindful that after five (5) broken appointments—including no-shows, no-calls, or appointments cancelled less than 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time—you will not be allowed to schedule future appointments in the student clinic.

 

The time your dental student spends with you in clinic is a vital part of his\her education; therefore, the School of Dentistry at Meharry Medical College reserves the right to discontinue treatment permanently for any patient who, in their judgment, cancels or breaks appointments excessively. This will allow for the scheduling of others needing care.

 

What if I miss my appointment or don’t have time to cancel, due to an emergency?

We are aware that emergencies do arise, but after five (5) broken appointments—including no-shows, no-calls, or appointments cancelledless than 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time—you will not be allowed to schedule future appointments in the student clinic. Walk-in emergency care will still be available to you.

 

The time your dental student spends with you in clinic is a vital part of his\her education; therefore, the School of Dentistry at Meharry Medical College reserves the right to discontinue treatment permanently for any patient who, in their judgment, cancels or breaks appointments excessively. This will allow for the scheduling of others needing care.

 

How do I prepare my child for his/her clinic appointment?

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How do I prepare myself (or my child) for sedation? How do I care for myself (or my child) after the procedure?

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Why must I schedule more than one appointment?

Be assured that your treatment will proceed as quickly as possible with your assigned dental student. Since this treatment is rendered in a school environment, however, it will take several appointments to complete your treatment.

 

Our patients are very important to us and your time is greatly appreciated.  If these questions do not address your issue, please call us at 615.327.6605.

Contact

615-327-6669, option #1
or 615-327-6900