Dental Emergency Care Clinic

The Dental Emergency Care Clinic at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is a walk-in service available to adult patients 18 years of age and over. Emergency care is provided by third- and fourth-year dental students under the supervision of college faculty dentists.

The Clinic is for patients who are experiencing:

  • moderate-to-severe pain that is not relieved by taking pain medications
  • oral bleeding
  • facial/oral swelling

Services to treat these dental conditions include tooth extraction and root canals.

NOTE:  Emergency dental patients younger than 18 should seek care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (walk-in hours are 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. weekdays). Phone: 614-722-5650 for more information.

The Dental Emergency Care Clinic does not currently provide: fillings/crowns, denture repairs, cleanings, and general wisdom teeth (third molar) extractions. Patients who need these services should become patients of the College. IV-sedation is not available as a walk-in treatment option.

Evenings, weekends, holidays, and other days when the College/Dental Emergency Care Clinic is closed, emergency patients may be seen through the Emergency Department at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. (Refer to OSU Wexner Medical Center for pricing and billing arrangements.)


Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Monday - Thursday:  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Limit 25 patients)
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Limit 15 patients)


The average estimated cost for treatment is $127 to $196*, depending on the services performed (fees may change without notice).

Our patients are responsible for payment in full at the time of treatment. Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover (including Flexible Spending credit cards) are all accepted methods of payment.

For additional questions regarding financial policies please call (614) 292-0172.


We accept Delta Dental and the following state sponsored insurance plans: Medicaid, Care Source, Molina and United Health Care Community Plan. All estimated co-payments are due at time of service. Once treatment is completed and the claim is filed any outstanding balance not covered by the insurance carrier is the patients responsibility and due immediately. Patients with other insurance carriers who have out of network benefits will pay in full and we will submit a claim to your carrier asking them to reimburse you.

Accepted dental insurance plans may change without notice. Please contact 614-292-0050 with any questions.

Medicare does not cover dental services. As of January 4, 2012 we do not have a preferred provider for Bureau of Workers Compensation. A written out-of-network approval would be needed prior to the visit.

Please bring a government issued picture ID and your current dental card.

*State sponsored insurance plans do not cover the dental procedure code D9110 – Palliative Treatment of Dental Pain, commonly referred to as an emergency root canal start, root canal therapy is still covered. Patients will need to pay out of pocket for the D9110 procedure. Should you have any questions about coverage please contact your insurance provider.* 

*Please note: Fees are effective 1/1/2014 and are subject to change