University of Minnesota Dental Clinics open with enhanced safety measures

All University of Minnesota Dental Clinics reopened Monday, July 6, with enhanced measures in place to limit exposure and potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Our staff will contact patients to reschedule appointments that were postponed due to the pandemic.

Emergency care services are available during this time. If you believe you have a dental emergency, please call 612-625-2495.

There will be new check-in and appointment procedures in place for your appointment. These include:

Patient check-in now includes:

  • Additional security checks in Moos Tower. Please bring a copy of your identification (driver’s license or other photo ID), and a confirmation of your appointment (a copy of your appointment reminder text, email or postcard confirmation). We can confirm your appointment on-site if you aren’t able to provide a copy.
  • If you come in on the second floor through the tunnel from the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp, please proceed to the third floor check-in.
  • Our scheduling staff will ask you screening questions prior to your appointment. You will be asked to answer those same questions again when you arrive for check in, and again once in the treatment room. This is mandated by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.
  • Your temperature will be checked upon entering the building. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will have their appointment rescheduled and will be referred to their physician for COVID-19 testing.
  • Please bring a photo ID and insurance card to the appointment.  

For the safety of all:

  • Please maintain social distance of 6 feet from others and wear a mask when in the building. 
  • We ask that only the patient attend the appointment. Exceptions include parents/guardians accompanying children and people providing mobility support. Any additional visitors will either be asked to exit the building or the appointment will be rescheduled.
  • If you or anyone in your household has a fever and/or respiratory symptoms, or if you or anyone you have been in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you call and reschedule your appointment.

Also, please remember to bring a copy or text of your appointment confirmation to the Washington Ave. Parking Ramp and Moos Tower.

We appreciate our patients and we are committed to providing you with the excellent dental care you have come to expect from the School of Dentistry!


 

(Published May 28)

Select University of Minnesota Dental Clinics will reopen in June with enhanced measures in place to limit exposure and potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The following clinics are either open or will be reopening in June. Each clinic will contact patients with specific instructions.

  • Orthodontics
  • Oral Surgery
  • Graduate Periodontics
  • TMD, Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic
  • Cleft Palate
  • Dental Hygiene

All other clinics are currently closed and patients have been notified of appointment cancellations.

Emergency care services are available during this time. If you believe you have a dental emergency, please call 612-625-2495.

Mobile Dental Clinic patients have a dedicated number to reschedule their appointment: 612-624-5654

We appreciate our patients and we are committed to providing you with the excellent dental care you have come to expect from the School of Dentistry!


(Published April 30) 

All University of Minnesota Dental Clinics predoctoral clinics, Faculty Dental Clinic, and most advanced education clinics will be closed through May 13 to limit exposure and potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

All scheduled appointments between March 18 and May 13 for those clinics are cancelled. Our dental clinics staff will reach out to affected patients to reschedule.

Emergency care services are available during this time. If you believe you have a dental emergency, please call 612-625-2495.

Mobile Dental Clinic patients ONLY should call 612-624-5654 to reschedule.

Thank you for being a patient of ours and we look forward to providing you with excellent dental care.


(Published April 9, edited April 30)

Due to Governor Walz’ extension of the “Stay-at-home” executive order on April 8, all University of Minnesota Dental Clinics predoctoral clinics, Faculty Dental Clinic, and most advanced education clinics will be closed through May 13 to limit exposure and potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

All scheduled appointments between March 18 and May 13 for those clinics are cancelled

Emergency care services are available during this time. If you believe you have a dental emergency, please call 612-625-2495.

Mobile Dental Clinic patients ONLY should call 612-624-5654 to reschedule.

Thank you for being a patient of ours and we look forward to providing you with excellent dental care.


(Published March 27, edited April 8, edited April 9, edited April 30)

Due to Governor Walz’ “stay-at-home” executive order issued March 25, all University of Minnesota Dental Clinics predoctoral clinics, Faculty Dental Clinic, Mobile Dental Clinic and most advanced education clinics will be closed through May 13 to limit exposure and potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

All appointments scheduled between March 18 and May 13 for those clinics are cancelled. 

Emergency care services are available during this time. If you believe you have a dental emergency, please call 612-625-2495.

Mobile Dental Clinic patients ONLY should call 612-624-5654 to reschedule.

Thank you for being a patient of ours and we look forward to providing you with excellent dental care.


(Published March 23, edited March 27, edited April 8, edited April 9, edited April 30)

Due to Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order dental elective surgeries and procedures will be postponed indefinitely beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23. 

Elective surgeries and procedures are defined as a surgery or procedures that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of the patient.

The University of Minnesota Dental Clinics have closed the majority of our clinics until May 13 to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, we do provide emergency oral health care.

If you are unsure if you have an oral health emergency, please call 612-625-2495 and you will be assisted.

IMPORTANT Governor Walz Executive Order(3-19-20)

"Beginning no later than March 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm, and continuing for the duration of the peacetime emergency declared in Executive Order 20-01 or until this Executive Order is rescinded, all non-essential or elective surgeries and procedures, including non-emergent or elective dental care, that utilize PPE or ventilators must be postponed indefinitely." - Gov. Tim Walz, Executive Order 20-09


(Published March 16, edited March 27, edited April 8, edited April 9, edited April 30)

Starting Wednesday, March 18, all predoctoral and select dental clinics will be closed through May 13.

The University of Minnesota Dental Clinics will close all its predoctoral clinics, the Faculty Dental Clinic and the Mobile Dental Clinic through May 4 to limit exposure and potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

All appointments scheduled between March 18 and May 13 for those clinics are cancelled. 

Emergency care services are available during this time.

Mobile Dental Clinic patients ONLY should call 612-624-5654 to reschedule. For patients of all other clinics, a member of the dental clinics team will reach out to you after April 29 to reschedule.

Thank you for being a patient of ours and we look forward to providing you with excellent dental care.

DO I HAVE AN ORAL HEALTH EMERGENCY?

If you believe you have an oral health emergency requiring immediate care, please review this checklist first.

  1. Do you have uncontrolled bleeding from your mouth?
  2. Do you have swelling in your mouth, upper or lower jaw or under your tongue?
  3. Do you have difficulty breathing from swelling in your mouth, neck or jaw?
  4. Are you unable to eat or drink due to oral pain to the point where you are becoming sick and physically weak?
  5. Do you have new difficulty opening your mouth due to pain and swelling? 

If you answered yes to any of these five questions, you have an oral health emergency. Please call 612-625-2495 to speak with a provider.