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Dental Care at the College of Dental Medicine Clinics

Exciting things are happening at Columbia Dental, the dental clinics at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, and we are committed to providing you with highest quality oral health care. Columbia Dental offers a wide range of dental services in all dental specialties.

Your first appointment at Columbia Dental will determine which provider is best suited to care for your dental needs. You can expect the following:

• An introduction to Columbia Dental and staff 
• A review of your medical history, dental history and a brief evaluation of your oral health
• Necessary dental x-rays will be taken
• A brief screening

You can call today to schedule this appointment 212-305-6100, or visit us at your convenience Monday- Friday 8:30-5:00 on the seventh floor of the Vanderbilt Clinic (directions below).

New Patient First Visit Registration Process

We ask that you arrive fifteen minutes early to your appointment to complete necessary paperwork.  Below are forms for the registration process. Please print the forms and complete them at your convenience. Please bring these completed forms to your first appointment to shorten your wait. If you recently had dental x-rays taken, please bring them with you. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 212-305-6100. We look forward to seeing you soon.

The Team at Columbia Dental

Forms for the registration process

Bienvenidos a Columbia Dental

Patient Registration Form (Formulario de Registro del Paciente)

Medical History Long Form (Historical Medico)

Appointment Policy and Guide to Patient Care

Notice of Privacy Practices

Consent To Dental Treatment


What is the cost of Initial Visit and future treatment?

Registration is $92 and includes necessary x-rays and a brief screening. Payment is due at the time of service. The visit is payable by cash, check, credit or debit card. A valid Medicaid and/or an accepted Medicaid Managed Care card is also acceptable. Because of our focus on education, we are able to offer our services at lower fees than the cost of comparable procedures at most private practices. At the next visit, for which a separate fee is charged, a comprehensive examination and evalution is performed.

What documents are required at the initial visit?

Photo identification: (if any of these identification sources do not include the patient's current address, a second form of identification is required which includes the current address (example: a utility bill).

  • Driver's License
  • Non-driver's ID (issued by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles)
  • Medicaid card with photo
  • School or employer ID
  • Passport

Non-photo identification: (if the patient does not have a photo ID, then two forms of ID must be presented):

  • Medicaid card without photo
  • Insurance card
  • Credit card
  • Utility or rent bill
  • Library Card

After Registration and at the next visit:

At the end of the initial appointment, we will assign you to a dental provider in a department that is most suited to serve your dental needs. You will make an appointment with your new dental provider, and at the next visit, for which a separate fee is charged, a comprehensive examination and evalution is performed.  From this information several personalized treatment plans may be prepared that will address your needs and desires. At that time the fees associated with each of these plans will be presented and discussed. Care is provided by dental students and/or dental residents and is closely supervised by licensed dental faculty to ensure that you receive the highest quality care.

Payment Policy

Patients are expected to pay in full at the time services are provided.  Acceptable payment methods include cash, checks, all major credit cards, debit cards and New York State Medicaid (with a valid Medicaid card).  A receipt indicating payment will be provided at the time of service.  Please note we do not have a sliding fee schedule or provide free care. 

Which dental insurance Plans does your clinic accept?

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine Dental Clinic is an Article 28 contracted provider for dental services covered by the State of New York Medicaid program and as such accepts payment directly from Medicaid. We accept straight Medicaid and most mainstream Medicaid Managed Care plans. 

We accept patients with ADAP and Neighborhood Health Plan Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus. 

Patients who have dental insurance should bring their insurance card and photo identification to every appointment. If a patient’s insurance coverage is not active on the date of the appointment, Columbia Dental will not disrupt or delay urgent or necessary care; however, the patient’s student or resident dentist may ask the patient to reschedule the appointment. If a patient’s insurance does not cover a treatment, the patient must pay for the treatment at the time of the appointment.

Do you accept other Dental Insurance?

We do welcome patients with other dental insurance plans but do not file and manage dental claims. Patients are therefore responsible to pay for treatment at the time services are provided and obtain reimbursement from their dental insurance company.  As a courtesy, we will provide you with a standard dental claim form listing the treatments that were provided and the payment received. You can submit the dental claim form to your insurance carrier and payment will be directly sent to you.

Although most dental insurance plans have a maximum yearly reimbursement, your dollar will go much farther at Columbia Dental because our fees are generally well below the average private practice fees.  It is each patient’s responsibility to know his/ her dental insurance benefits, please check with your employer or insurance plan with questions about coverage.

Directions and Hours:
Columbia Dental is located at the Columbia University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Clinic at 622 West 168th street west of Broadway. It is accessible by the A, C and 1 trains and is on the BX7, 100, M3, M2 bus lines. Parking is available for a fee at the corner of 165th street and Fort Washington Avenue.

The dental clinics are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon. There are evening hours for certain clinics on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM. The clinics are closed Saturday, Sunday and on all national and university holidays.

Implant Center
The College of Dental Medicine has a robust Implant program that is staffed by world renowned faculty who are willing to evaluate you for dental implants. If you are interested in our implant program, please call 212-305-5577.

Orthodontics (Braces): 212-305-7990
Located on the 9th Floor of the Vanderbilt Clinic, specialists at the Orthodontic clinic treat teeth alignment conditions and problems related to the growth and development of the face and jaws, using corrective appliances (braces). Services are available for both children and adults.

Pediatric Dental Care:  212-305-6754

Located in the Mailman School of Public Health at 722 West 168th Street, New York, New York the Pediatric Dental Clinic is specifically for children under the age of 8.  An appointment can be made directly with that facility.

Emergency Care
During normal hours of clinic operation please come to the seventh floor of Vanderbilt Clinic at 622 West 168th Street. Cost for emergency care is $92 plus additional fees for procedures needed. This is payable in cash, credit card, check, debit card or a valid Medicaid card. After clinic hours or weekends please come to the emergency room of New York Presbyterian Hospital at the Columbia University Medical Center where you will be evaluated. The fee at the emergency room is charged by the Hospital. The entrance to the emergency room is located on the west side of Broadway just south of 168th street.

To shorten your wait at the College of Dental Medicine, you may complete this form before your visit. Medical History Long Form


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