USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Urgent Care

The Urgent Care and Dental Trauma Center specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental emergencies. Under the supervision of expert faculty dentists, USC dental students provide treatment at the Urgent Care and Dental Trauma Center.

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

If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 9-1-1 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. Our clinic does not provide treatment around the clock.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Emergencies

Clinic Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Morning session: 7:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Afternoon session: 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. for both sessions.
Last patient will be seen no later than 4 p.m.

Tuesday
Morning session: CLOSED
Afternoon session: 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. for afternoon session.
Last patient will be seen no later than 4 p.m.

After Hours Instructions

After hours service is only available to patients who are currently receiving treatment from us. Should an emergency or postoperative complication occur after normal business hours or on a weekend or holiday, call (213) 740-2805 for instructions on how to contact our emergency after-hours on-call dentist.

Current dental school patients must note that if the on-call dentist meets you at the dental school after normal business hours and it is determined that either the problem could have waited until the school was open, or the problem was not related to treatment that is currently being rendered, you may be subject to a $350 surcharge in addition to the fees for the services that are rendered.

Members of the public, who are not current patients of the dental school, should contact any other dental facility of their choosing, such as  LAC+USC Medical Center at (323) 409-1000 for after hour dental emergencies.

If anyone believes that their dental emergency is life threatening, they should call 911 or go to the closest Emergency Room.

Patient Care (for New and Current Comprehensive Care)

The Urgent Care Clinic will see patients on a first-come/first-served basis. The Urgent Care Clinic will try to accommodate patients depending on dental student availability.

Patient registration begins at 7:30 a.m. each day. Since the clinic can take only a limited number of patients, we recommend arriving early.

The Urgent Care Clinic takes current comprehensive care patients on a walk-in basis only. No appointments are available.

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

Paying for Your Dental Care

After your initial examination, we will notify you of the fee for emergency 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.

Contact Information

If you are a current comprehensive patient and have an emergency or postoperative complication during normal business hours, contact your student doctor/resident. If you cannot successfully reach your student doctor/resident or arrange a mutually acceptable time, call (213) 740-1576 or come to the Urgent Care and Dental Trauma Center.