I was thinking of getting dental work at the dental school – Is it worth the cost savings?

Is treatment at a dental school a good idea? it’s a great idea if you have extra time for your appointments! All schools have clinics where 3rd and 4th year students treat patients. You may think that you wouldn’t want a student working on you but these students have had countless hours working on mannequins and shadowing dentists before they get to see patients. And many patients forget that these students are getting graded and they all want to get an A! Also, you have a seasoned dentist looking over their shoulder, guiding them every step of the way. The obvious advantage of a dental school is that fees are usually lower than at a private practice. The only thing you give up is: convenience as the school may not be in your neighborhood, a possible waiting list to get treatment, and treatment that may take 1-2 visits in private practice may take several visits at a dental school. But the dental treatment itself is usually satisfactory. When I have patients that simply can’t afford the treatment they desire, I usually recommend the dental school. This option usually works well for retired patients that don’t mind treatment taking a little longer or going in for multiple appointments.

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