USC Dental Clinic

When dental problems like persistent pain, tooth loss, and gum disease cause non-stop suffering, it is tough for a homeless woman or man to think about anything else . . . much less a suffering child. The University of Southern California School of Dentistry at the Union Rescue Mission opened in 1999. Our six-chair Dental Clinic provides comprehensive care to so many hurting people every month.


Cooperative Effort

In a cooperative effort, Union Rescue Mission has opened the doors of our Dental Clinic not only to all of our guests and program participants, but to neighboring homeless shelters and programs in the downtown Los Angeles area. All services are provided completely without charge. Coordinated by faculty, students, and interns from the USC School of Dentistry, ours is the only dental clinic on Skid Row to offer care to children.

Comprehensive Care

Our Dental Clinic comprehensive patient care includes the following:

  • Cleanings
  • Fillings
  • Tooth extractions
  • Root canals
  • Dentures

The USC School of Dentistry Dental Clinic conducted 5,215 dental care visits in 2006. 

Read article 'Something to Smile About' by Los Angeles Downtown News

Catching the Vision

Over the years, many dental and dental hygiene students rotated through the dental service at the Mission. These students have had a unique and wonderful opportunity to serve the homeless population and experience the gift of giving. As our future caregivers, it is our hope that when they finish their training and begin their practices, they will open their doors to those in need in their respective communities.

"With a new smile and renewed self-confidence, many URM residents are able to seek and find employment due in large part to the dental care they received here."

-Steven M. Samrose, DMD, MPH

"Now I can smile and feel great and say thank you Union Rescue Mission and USC Dental School. You have really changed my life and this is something I will never forget."

-Reginald, URM program graduate

Read an article by the USC Daily Trojan student newspaper

Read about other USC School of Dentistry Community Health Programs