Affordable Dentistry Isn’t Just a Pipe Dream

Unfortunately, the need for dental care is often overlooked in times of financial hardship.

Furthermore, many American families have limited to no dental insurance, which adds financial pressure when it’s finally time to head to the dentist. Thankfully, you can reduce this financial pressure by going to a cheap dentist, all without sacrificing quality! 

Penn Dental Medicine is an elite dental provider in Philadelphia with affordable rates for individuals and families. As a dental clinic that operates in conjunction with an Ivy League dental school, we offer the best of both worlds: quality and low prices. 

Four Affordable Dental Procedures

Below, you’ll learn about four dental procedures that are commonly requested when people are looking for cheap dentistry services: 

Wisdom teeth removal
If you’re between the ages of 17 and 25, it’s quite possible that you may need your wisdom teeth removed in the near future. Wisdom teeth come in years after your other teeth, and for many people, their arrival causes dental pain.

The pain associated with wisdom teeth is caused by impaction, which is when a tooth doesn’t emerge properly from the gum line. Stuck between the jawbone and gum tissue, an impacted tooth can cause pain, swelling, and even infection. If it isn’t removed early enough, an impacted tooth can cause damage to the roots of the neighboring teeth.  

Dental surgery is the only solution for impacted wisdom teeth. While the idea of surgery might sound intimidating at first, you can rest assured that wisdom tooth removal is routine procedure. At Penn Dental Medicine, we perform hundreds of effective, low-cost wisdom tooth removals each year.

Young woman holds her cheek in pain from impacted wisdom teeth.Affordable dentures/Tooth implant
If you’ve recently lost a tooth, then you should be thinking about tooth replacement. Depending on your unique needs, you could be eligible for dental implants, which is the most recommended replacement option. A dental implant requires multiple sessions over a span of several months, but the tradeoff is a lifelong replacement that fosters the health and stability of the surrounding teeth.

Dentures, on the other hand, could be the right choice for someone who is not a candidate for an implant due to extensive gum recession. Penn Dental Medicine offers a variety of dentures that are custom-made for each patient.

Dental cleaning
Has it been a year since your last cleaning? Have you noticed a yellow film forming on the surface of your teeth, gum recession, or bleeding? Even if you’re engaging in regular dental hygiene, plaque builds up on your teeth and gums over time. A professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove plaque once it has hardened. Yellow teeth strongly indicate the need to see a dentist because when plaque wears away at the enamel, the yellow dentin layer beneath becomes exposed.

Regardless of your dental needs, you should schedule a cleaning annually, and you may be recommended for a biannual visit if you have a history of cavities or gum disease. Penn Dental Medicine offers highly competitive rates for dental cleanings so that many Philadelphia area families can access this crucial preventive service. 

Emergency dentistry
Emergency dentistry generally refers to dental treatment that addresses traumatic injury or infection caused by dental caries. In these cases, we recommend that patients request an emergency appointment with an endodontist. Getting an appointment with an endodontist does not necessarily indicate that you will receive root canal treatment, though this may be recommended in certain cases.

An emergency room visit will almost certainly be more expensive than a visit to PDM (with our discounted dental clinic rates). Another reason to visit an endodontist is that you’ll benefit from comprehensive treatment planning, which is much more effective than a one-time ER visit. Going to the emergency room might offer momentary relief, but it won’t typically provide a lasting solution. 

Quality, Affordable Dentistry at Penn Dental Medicine

If you are wondering how you can afford dental care (especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic), Penn Dental Medicine can help. As a dental school clinic, we are able to offer competitive, low-cost dental services across a range of specialties. We accept most dental insurances, including Medicaid. In addition, we offer third-party financing options for patients who qualify. 

All procedures are performed by predoctoral students or postdoctoral residents with oversight from top dentists in the field. To learn more about how to become a patient, please call our offices at 215-898-8965. Also, be sure to take advantage of this $25 off coupon for your first visit!