What to Expect During Your First Appointment

Thank you for considering Pitt Dental Medicine as your new dental home. Our student-based practice will provide you with the best possible dental care.

To make an appointment, please call 412-648-8616

Your Free Screening Appointment

The first step to becoming a Pitt Dental Medicine General Dentistry Practice patient is to call  412-648-8616 and schedule your free screening.

A faculty member and student will meet with you to discuss your health history, current dental condition and dental concerns. Also at this appointment, which will take about one hour, you may have X-rays (radiographs) taken as appropriate to your needs (see Radiology section below).

If you are chosen to be a Pitt Dental Medicine patient, you will be paired with one of our Dental Medicine students and a regular appointment will be made for you in about two weeks.

Your Healthy Dental Future Starts Here

When you arrive for your initial free screening examination please report to the registration area in the lobby of the General Dentistry Practice—just inside the Terrace Street entrance. During your first visit, your dental care needs will be assessed. This initial screening will be conducted by a faculty member and student, and typically takes about one hour.

Don’t forget

  • Allow extra time for traffic in the Oakland area.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time.
  • Bring photo ID and insurance cards.
  • Bring the names and dosages of medications the patient is taking.

Find out more about how to get here >> Maps, Directions & Parking

HIPAA Notifications

The Pitt Dental Medicine takes your privacy very seriously and provide you with these downloadable HIPAA notices for all of our clinics.

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices Summary

HIPAA Privacy Complaint Form

Plan ahead for your dental care visit

Pitt Dental Medicine is unable to provide child care during a patient’s treatment, and children cannot accompany a patient into the treatment areas, so please consider child care before you arrive at your appointment.

Package Consent Forms

When you are chosen to become a patient during your screening visit to General Dentistry Practice, you will be asked to complete our Package Consent form, a printed packet of informational pages and consent forms.

Patient Bill of Rights

During the first visit, patients will be provided with a statement outlining their rights and responsibilities as a patient. Patients are encouraged to contact the Manager of Patient Care and Accounts: 412-648-1027 if the School of Dental Medicine has not honored its pledge or if the patient’s rights were not honored.

Radiology (X-Rays)

If radiology services are needed, there will be an additional charge which can vary between $12 and $55, depending on which diagnostic x-ray is needed. Please see our X-ray request form.

Records Release and X-Ray Requests

If you want your dental records to be released to another provider, or need copies of your X-rays for another provider, please contact the School of Dental Medicine Records Request phone line at 412-648-8389.

You will be asked to provide the patient's name, current phone number, current address, and birthdate to complete the request.

There may be a cost associated with your records request. You will be informed of the cost at the time of your request and an invoice will be mailed to the patient. Receipt of your invoice may take up to 30 days from the date of the request.