USC University of Southern California

Urgent Care

The Urgent Care and Dental Trauma Center specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental emergencies.

If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. Our clinic is open during regular business hours and does not provide treatment around the clock.

Among the procedures we routinely perform:

  • treatment of infection
  • removal of decay
  • replacement of broken fillings
  • repair of tooth fractures
  • treatment of dental traumatic injuries

Dental students provide treatment under the supervision of expert faculty dentists.

Becoming a Patient

The Urgent Care Clinic will see patients on a first-come/first-served basis. Not all patients are suitable to receive emergency dental treatment. The Urgent Care Clinic will try to accommodate patients depending on dental student availability.

Our doors open at 7 a.m. everyday. We suggest you arrive as close to that time as possible in order to increase your chances of being seen that day.

No appointments are taken. The Urgent Care Clinic only takes new patients on a walk-in basis only.

Patient registration begins at 7 a.m.; examinations and treatment begin after 7:30 a.m. The clinic is closed Tuesday mornings. However, for Tuesday afternoon treatment, patients should arrive at 7 a.m. when our doors open to increase their chances of being treated later in the day. Patients may register at 7 a.m. and return by 1 p.m. for the afternoon session for treatment.

All patients are required to present valid photo identification (California driver’s license, California identification card, passport or other government-issued photo identification).

We encourage prospective patients to fill out the intake paperwork below to speed up the check-in process.

Urgent Care Paperwork (English version)

Urgent Care Paperwork (Spanish version)

Note: Filling out the paperwork does not guarantee prospective patients access to a dental professional at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

Paying for Your Dental Care

The emergency visit and X-ray will cost $69 (non-refundable). After your initial examination, we will notify you of any additional fees for treatment. Emergency visits range in cost from $59 to $350, based on each patient’s individual dental needs.

We accept Denti-Cal insurance for certain limited and emergency treatment. Denti-Cal patients must bring their Beneficiary Identification Card (BIC). All other patients must pay with cash or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. We do not accept American Express.

Emergency Dental Care

If you have already been seen at our clinic and you have an emergency or postoperative complication during normal business hours, contact your student doctor/resident. If you cannot reach your student doctor/resident, call (213) 740-2805. Should an emergency or postoperative complication occur after normal business hours or on a weekend or holiday, contact your student doctor/resident. If you are unable to reach the student/resident, call (213) 740-2800 for instructions on how to contact the emergency resident on call.

Contact Information

For more information about emergency dental care, call (213) 740-2800 or (213) 740-2805.

Clinic Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday:
7:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
**Closed from 12 to 1 p.m.**
1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Tuesday
1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (closed Tuesday mornings)