The UCLA Dental Clinics in Westwood, the Faculty Group Dental Practice in UCLA Health Medical Plaza, and the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center are the patient care branches of the UCLA School of Dentistry. As an education institution, UCLA’s procedures and policies differ from those of a private dental practice. While patient care is always the foremost concern, the clinics are equally responsible for the education and training of students and residents. Before becoming a patient at a clinic, patients are first screened by a faculty member to determine if the 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. Once the screening process is complete and a patient is accepted as a potential teaching case in a student clinic, he or 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.

UCLA is one of the preeminent teaching institutions in the world, the clinical oral healthcare provided to the community is exceptional, and the dental school values patient participation in the educational process. Patients may choose who provides their service -- either a student dentist, resident or a faculty member. Fees vary by provider, and depending on the provider can be more affordable in comparison to the private sector.

For more information, please visit the School of Dentistry Patient Care website.

Last updated
November 21, 2023