In most ways, we function just like a typical dental office, and you can expect to receive excellent dental care. We’re different because we are a teaching facility, which means dentists-in-training work with experienced dentists to provide your care. Our patients receive an exceptionally high level of care, but it takes longer than a normal private practice. As a dental school, there are other benefits:
✔ Low fees. Our rates are up to 50% lower than area private practices. You will receive high-quality care at a lower price, while helping advance dentistry! Check out our price comparison guide.
✔ The highest standards of care. We’ve earned our reputation as one of the elite dental schools in the world and best dental clinics in New England.
✔ Every service under one roof. We have a clinic for every kind of dentistry, all in the same building. See our specialty clinics.
✔ Convenient location. We’re located in downtown Boston, a short walk from South Station, Downtown Crossing, Park Street, and Tufts Medical Center MBTA stations. We also offer discounted parking and evening hours. Directions & Parking.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please click on one of the frequently asked questions below to view the answer.
What can I expect as a patient?
In many ways, we function just like a normal dental office, and you can expect to receive excellent dental care. However, we are a teaching facility, so dentists-in-training work with experienced dentists to provide your care. This means that our patients receive an exceptionally high level of care, but it takes longer than a normal private practice. As a dental school, we also have lower rates and provide comprehensive care.
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How do I make my first appointment?
I have a referral for a dental specialty. Where do I call?
Does Tufts provide free care?
Do I need insurance to be a patient?
We welcome patients without insurance (self-pay) patients – in fact, many of our patients do not have insurance. Our rates are 25-50 percent lower than area private practices which makes us a great fit for self-pay patients. We can also help you set up payment plans. More information on insurance and billing.
How much cheaper is Tufts than a private dentist?
How much does it cost to get a cleaning, filling, root canal, implant, braces, etc.?
Can I just get a cleaning?
New patients always need an examination and treatment plan before any treatment begins, including cleanings.
Can I bring my kid to my appointment?
To ensure safety, privacy and confidentiality to all our patients, minor children accompanying patients to a Clinic visit are prohibited from entering the operatory or diagnostic areas. Patients should be asked to bring a responsible childcare provider to supervise the child in the waiting room if a child must be brought to the patient’s Clinic visit. Patients should be advised during the scheduling process that childcare is not available on-site or provided by TUSDM staff and their Clinic visit may need to be rescheduled if the patient fails to arrange for appropriate childcare when accompanied by a minor child.
How do I make follow-up appointments? (Current patients)
Does Tufts provide assistance for low-income patients?
Since we are a teaching facility and our fees are between 25-50 percent less than a private practice, we are unable to provide free care or low-income assistance. We can offer payment plans through our Clinic Business Office.
I need to reschedule my first appointment.
If you are a new general care patient and need to reschedule your initial visit, please call (617) 636-0473.
If you have an appointment at a specialty clinic, please select the clinic from this list, and call them directly.
Current or returning patients should contact their student dentist.