Many people are finding themselves putting off dental treatment due to lack of insurance and funds. Fortunately, there is an option that more people are turning to for help with their dental care. More and more people are turning to dental schools to have their dental work done and often for free.
But is it a good idea? Are you getting the best treatment? You may be surprised to learn that yes, in fact, you are getting excellent treatment! Dental students are always working in the presence of professors who are scrutinizing their work constantly. Remember, they are trying to learn and do well, and many eyes are watching. You are probably at your safest when getting treated at a dental school whereas you have to trust that your private dentist knows what he/she is doing and that they are doing a good job.
Any downsides? Yes. One of the biggest issues you will have to deal with is the amount of time the procedures will take. For instance, under a specialist's care or a private dentist, a root canal may take 1-2 hours. At the dental school however; the same procedure will likely take up to 5 hours because every single step is monitored and approved by the professor before moving forward.
For many busy people, this is a big inconvenience and they would rather pay for dental work or even go without than spend that amount of time in a dental chair. But, if time is not a big deal to you, and/or you are willing to take a day off to have expensive dental work done for free or at least greatly reduced, then this could be a great option for you!