Dental Care

Dental School Events and Discounts


Looking for dental school events? If you're anything like me, you simply can no longer afford to pay the high cost of dental care. I'd like to share what I've learned about dental school events. If you need dental care, there are programs out there that can help you.

These programs will be a lifesaver if you need dental work that will force you to go into debt or even apply for credit. Even if you have dental insurance, most plans contain a maximum yearly benefit of a thousand dollars. Cleanings and some x-rays might be covered, but when it comes to actual fillings you run into co-pays and deductibles.

But those are mere pennies compared to what happens if someone in your family chips a tooth and needs a root canal. You can only hope that it's a back tooth, because most dental plans will only pay for half the cost of the crown. That might seem somewhat doable, until you remember that you are up against that one-thousand-dollar annual limit which won't last long if you've already paid for other dental work. And let's not even talk about a bridge or braces!

If you've shared my experiences, you've gone for long periods of time when you've had no dental insurance. Many employers just don't provide it, or your share of the cost is prohibitive.

Many people save up for dental care only to find out it's too late to save a tooth. Sometimes you lose a tooth through trauma, and you can't afford to have it replaced. Periodontal disease can wreak havoc on teeth, yet treatment is both expensive and extensive.

Have you ever told your dentist to just pull a tooth because the ache is driving you crazy? You've most likely discovered that first you have to pay for antibiotics, because your dentist cannot pull a tooth if there is infection present. Then you also have to pay for x-rays, because the dentist has to be certain that the root of the tooth is not involved with your jawbone. And then, of course, there's the cost of the extraction itself.

What's a person to do? When dental care is necessary for your child and your wallet just doesn't stretch wide enough to cover his smile, there are dental school events to ease your burden. I'd like to make you aware of the programs I found, available for the average person to take advantage of.

Many dental schools provide a wide range of services, either free of charge or at a very low cost, to those people who will allow a dental student to perform the work. The student is always supervised by the fully licensed dentists who teach in the school. You can have cleanings and x-rays, and you can also get your cavities filled.

But there is another aspect of services available. Because most schools perform multidisciplinary research, there are dental school events offering free dental care for more involved restorations.

Under the aegis of community outreach activities, an average university dental school will offer patient care for orthodontics, dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontic dentistry, prosthodontics, endodontics, implantology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and more.

There are also research grants that will provide extensive work free of charge to you, and some grants even allocate payments to the patients.

Examples of dental school events that fit this description include:

  • Dental implants for female patients aged 55-80 who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia.

  • Treatment for temporomandibular joint pain. This is a condition that causes pain often related to grinding the teeth.

  • Tooth replacement for those aged 18-75 who have lost two or more teeth within the last sixty days.

  • Treatment for people diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, which causes dry mouth and other symptoms.

  • Free cleaning, including scaling and root planing, for those in good health and not currently using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

  • Free treatment for gingivitis.

  • Root canal done, or an old one redone, with the endodontic portion free of charge; this saves your dental benefit for the crown your own dentist will provide.

  • Free periodontal care for those with a history of heart disease.

These dental school events are examples of actual research programs going on at various dental schools throughout the country. Many schools announce programs just like them, as well as free screenings and coupon giveaways for cleanings, exams, and various treatments. Research program events generally specify necessary qualifications, and they are the events that pay the subject a fee.

You can bookmark this page as it becomes a resource for many clinics to announce upcoming dental school events.

We will soon have an RSS feed available for your convenience as well as an E-zine so that you can become updated on new program listings.

What these dental schools want from you is someone who will follow through with the scheduled appointments for the dental care that they offer. So smile, you may soon be able to dazzle people with it!



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