Free dental care as a student

Discussion in 'Dental' started by dentalprodigy, Mar 16, 2012.

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  1. dentalprodigy

    dentalprodigy Mr. Awesome 7+ Year Member

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    Hi,
    I don't have dental insurance and can't afford dental care at the moment. I was wondering, do dental students have a way of somehow being treated by other upper level classmates for basic dental procedures like prophylaxis etc.??

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  3. CMistry

    CMistry 10+ Year Member

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    At my school almost anything performed by another UG dental student can be written off. However procedures done by any postgrad program still has a fee.
     
  4. SoulPower

    SoulPower 5+ Year Member

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    At temple, all prophies and operative procedures are free for students. I.e. filling.

    Crowns/bridges/etc are 50% off their fee. If you have dental insurance they bill them first then write off the rest.
     
  5. dentalprodigy

    dentalprodigy Mr. Awesome 7+ Year Member

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    I see...good to know. thanks for replies so far

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  6. westiegal

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    We (WCU) get certain procedures from fellow students, but not extraction or surgery, although the campus offers free oral cancer screening to the local community so I'm pretty sure that would apply to students in need too.More info on that here.
     
  7. youngmc27

    youngmc27 5+ Year Member

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    At USC all work done by UG was free but you had to pay lab fees for crowns bridges etc. We could also go to grad endo for free but I think OS and perio you had to pay, we also get 50% off of ortho.
     
  8. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

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    You will be hearing that a lot in ds and out in practice.
     
  9. setupben

    setupben 2+ Year Member

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    At San Antonio we get 50% off for ourselves and our significant other. Its nice, and a great deal because most of us don't have insurance either.
     
  10. FlyingSky

    FlyingSky 2+ Year Member

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    I got accepted in dental school, do you think I should whiten my teeth before my first semester? It may sound stupid lol but my teeth are not yellow and not shining white either...


    edit: it has nothing to do with OP post but do all dentists eventually wear glasses? Because I dont wear glasses, my eyes are fine... But I think that looking at small places all day can hurt the eyes... Am I going to wear glasses or do many dentists not wear glasses at all?
     
  11. AndrewNJ

    AndrewNJ 2+ Year Member

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    Dental Prodigy,
    You are coming to UMDNJ right? I haven't had a cleaning here, but I did get my upper wisdom teeth extracted by an OMFS resident for free and he did a great job. A classmate of mine got all 4 taken out for free. I know another student who is getting an implant for way cheaper than it would cost in the private sector.

    I think the general rule of thumb is that you only get charged for the cost of materials, and even those seem to be reduced in fee for students.
     
  12. FlyingSky

    FlyingSky 2+ Year Member

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    UP Im not going to start a thread for these questions lol!
     
  13. dentalprodigy

    dentalprodigy Mr. Awesome 7+ Year Member

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    Yes I'm coming to UMDNJ.

    That's good to know!

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  14. bigstix808

    bigstix808 Mac Daddy Member 10+ Year Member

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    i wouldn't whiten. you'll prob end up making bleaching trays on each other anyway bf you start seeing pts. and you're prob like most other dental students ... ie: i had a 1st yr come be a pt of mine for bleach trays ... pre tx A1 .... to where? B1?? vita bleach shades? i had to go to grad prosth to get that guide haha. i mean, im sure you're teeth are fine so just wait it out.

    and for the glasses... not all our faculty wear them. they all use loupes, but much of the work is checked with out them. you're fine.
     

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