There is an initial fee to evaluate you as a potential teaching case at your screening appointment. This initial fee includes an examination and x-rays.
Multi-step appointment services (e.g., crowns, bridges, complete and partial dentures, implant procedures, or root canal procedures) require payment of 50% of the fee at the time of the start of treatment. The remaining balance for that treatment is due at the beginning of the appointment when the restoration is completed or the appliance is delivered.
Payment for office services, co-pays, and deductibles are due at the time of service. If you are unable to pay for services at your appointment, your appointment will be rescheduled.
For your convenience, we accept cash, personal checks with valid identification, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. There is an additional $30.00 charge for returned checks. Patients will not receive treatment until all fees and outstanding charges are paid in full or payment arrangements have been made.
Fees are expected and due at time of service. However, multi-step appointment services (e.g. crowns, bridges, complete and partial dentures, implant procedures or root canal procedures) require payment of 50% of the fee at the time of the start of treatment. The remaining balance for that treatment is due at the beginning of the appointment when the restoration is completed or the appliance is delivered.
Gifts and Gratuities
As our patient, you are a valued participant in the educational experience of our students. While our students and faculty are grateful for your gestures of appreciation, please understand that it is University policy that they cannot accept gifts or gratuities from patients.
If you have dental insurance, please bring your insurance information with you to your first appointment. This should include a valid insurance card, an address for submitting claims, and the name, date of birth, and identification number of the subscriber. The Midwestern University Dental Institute currently accepts a limited number of dental insurance plans. However, as a courtesy, we will provide a copy of the dental claim form for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement once services are paid in full. It is the patients’ responsibility to review their insurance policies regarding any limitations, exclusions, alternative benefits, deductibles, co-payments, annual maximums, and pre-authorizations prior to treatment.
Referrals and Prior Authorizations
Patients are responsible for verifying with your insurance carrier whether you need a referral or prior authorization. If your insurance requires a referral or prior authorization, you must first obtain the referral or prior authorization and bring it to your appointment.
Patients will be advised of their recommended treatment and its estimated cost, as well as any alternative treatment options. The accepted treatment plan will be signed by the patient and attending faculty member. This treatment plan will be entered into our dental patient management system, which will allow the clinic administration to track the progress of your care.
Fee estimates are based on the current fees at the time the treatment plan is signed. However, the fee charged at the time any service or procedure is started will be the fee that is currently in effect.
At each visit, you will be advised of the costs of each succeeding procedure so that you are prepared for the subsequent charges. Please ask your student doctor for further clarification or explanation if this is not clear.