Many Americans are putting off going to the dentist for over a year or more, often due to high cost. While dental care services are being used more than ever among children, adult access has been in decline in recent years with only 36% of adults visiting a dentist in the past 12 months. A major reason why many people don’t go to the dentist is the cost.
Dental school teaching clinics offer an alternative option for adults who are looking for quality dentistry at an affordable price. Dental clinic treatment times at Penn Dental Medicine may take longer as compared to in a typical private practice setting, but the tradeoff is well worth it: comprehensive, high-quality dentistry at very competitive rates.
Our comprehensive approach aims at providing complete oral health care to patients. Comprehensive care indicates a system in which patients receive a full spectrum of dental services. Penn Dental Medicine (PDM) offers a variety of specialties under one roof to ensure that patients get the care they need within a single streamlined system. By eliminating the need to refer patients to outside specialists, we reduce wasted time spent traveling to different practices, filling out multiple intake forms, and waiting for referrals to go through.
We believe that taking a comprehensive approach to care leads to better outcomes. It’s also more convenient for patients. At most private practices, it’s simply not feasible to offer so many specialties in-house. But because we operate in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, we bring a greater capacity to bear on our patients’ needs. The specialties at PDM include:
Penn Dental Medicine has an international reputation for excellence, which translates into a superior standard of care. Patients receive treatment from student dentists at the final stages of their education. Every step of treatment is overseen by our seasoned faculty members. That means that patients benefit from the insights of multiple dental professionals during the diagnosis and treatment processes.
Our commitment to quality includes an emphasis on cutting-edge research and technology. We stay up-to-date on developments in the field, including new treatments and diagnostic tools. Because we are a dental school, we are able to make use of advanced equipment such as microscopes, Computer-Aided Manufacturing and Design, and intraoral scanners. You’d be hard-pressed to find another provider with this combination of quality and technological sophistication— and at reasonable prices.
Many patients arrive at Penn Dental Medicine to treat a particular condition. They might visit us to straighten their teeth with Invisalign or to receive endodontic treatment for an infected tooth. In the process of providing this initial treatment, our student dentists may need to resolve other oral problems in order to guarantee a quality standard of care. We are committed to providing comprehensive treatment in the most healthy way possible for our patients. That may mean addressing early-stage gum disease, filling cavities, or placing a crown. For this reason, it may be difficult to estimate treatment times, as each patient receives care in context of their overall oral health.
Patients often arrive at Penn Dental Medicine due to our affordable rates for service. The advantage of going to a dental school is the unique opportunity of receiving superb care at a low price. As an Ivy League school, we have a high standard to uphold. Yet because we are an educational institution, we’re able to offer services at a lower price than what you’ll find in most private practices.
We accept most dental insurance plans and utilize a sliding fee scale for veterans and Medicaid patients. Even if you are self-paying, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the affordability of our rates. Facilitating access to quality dental care by all our patients is central to our mission and practice. We work with each patient to create interest-free payment plans so they can receive the timely treatment they need.
If you’re looking for excellence in dentistry at affordable rates, then you should look no further than Penn Dental Medicine. Our model of care involves a comprehensive approach in which student providers are supervised by high-caliber faculty members. Because of our commitment to excellence and thoroughness, our dental clinic treatment times tend to be longer than those experienced in an outpatient setting. We hope that you will take advantage of this unique offer and come visit us soon! To schedule your appointment at Penn Dental Medicine, please call 215-898-8965.