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Emergency Care


When you have an unexpected dental problem, we are ready to provide emergency care. We focus on relieving pain, swelling or bleeding. Care is provided by dental students who are supervised by faculty members.


We offer a broad range of emergency services. Limited in scope to the emergency condition and temporary in nature, emergency treatment includes placement of temporary fillings in a sensitive tooth and beginning root canal therapy to relieve severe pain. Patients requiring extractions or other emergency surgical procedures are referred to our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic.

If you are already a patient of the school, in active treatment, with an assigned student dentist, please contact your student dentist to arrange an emergency visit.

Patients who have already been screened but not accepted as patients of the school because their required treatment was too complex and beyond the scope of dental students' ability, are not eligible for dental school emergency services.

If you have a referral for root canal therapy from an outside dentist, you may be seen in Emergency Services on a first-come, first-served basis.  Wait times to be seen can be prolonged if emergency is at full capacity.  Please note that not all root canal referrals are accepted if required treatment is too complex and beyond the scope of the dental school. Exam and x-ray fees will apply.

Please see Fees and Payment Plans below.

Fees and Payment Plans

Our emergency dental fees will vary depending on the procedure. Patients must pay at the time of service. We accept cash, check, credit card or Denti-Cal. Please bring a current valid photo identification card.

Location and Hours

Emergency Care
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
155 Fifth Street (Patient Entrance is at the corner of Fifth St and Minna St)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Monday–Friday, registration for emergency services begins at 9:00 am until 12:00 am, and afternoon session begins at 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. Emergency services are first come, first served based on availability.

Emergency services are available year-round except during holidays and school breaks. Hours and days are subject to change based on availability. 

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How to Become a Patient

Our daytime emergency services are available to patients over 14 years of age, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring a current valid photo identification card and Denti-Cal card if you are covered by Denti-Cal. You will be asked to complete a demographic questionnaire, answer all questions on the health history form and fill out other forms. You will then be asked to wait in the reception room until called in by a student dentist for evaluation and treatment. Please note that the wait time to be seen in emergency can be prolonged due to the nature of the emergencies presenting.