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Clinic Policies

IU Northwest Dental Education Clinic is an educational institution that provides dental services at a reduced cost to the public. All treatment is provided by students supervised by a faculty dentist and dental hygienist/dental assistant.


We want to be able to treat as many people in the community as possible. Our appointments are available during fall, spring, and early summer until July 1st. Please contact our Clinic Support Manager to make an appointment at (219) 980-6772.

Appointment Times

Appointment times are longer than private practice and may require multiple visits. Our clinic appointments are four hours in length. Depending on the oral condition of the patient, patients may need to return for additional visits to complete treatment. Payment is required at the initial appointment after the patient has been examined. A healthy patient may expect to be treated in 1-2 appointments. Patients with gingivitis or periodontal disease may require multiple visits.

Not all patients will be able to be seen at the IU Northwest Dental Education Clinic. Patients with rigid time constraints, complex medical conditions and extremely difficult dental care needs may not be accepted as patients, but will be referred to local dental offices for treatment.

Our program is accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). CODA requires the students to obtain a minimum amount of clinical treatment hours with a variety of patients. Each patient experience for a student is evaluated and graded by a faculty member.

Cancellation Policy

We require a 48 hour notice of cancellation for an appointment in our clinic. A patient who cancels or is not present for up to three scheduled appointments may be dismissed from the clinic.

We look forward to meeting your oral health care needs. Our students, faculty, and staff are dedicated to providing the best possible treatment to all of our patients.