As an example of how slow dental schools are, in private practice, if I had a patient that needed, say, three fillings, I would do those in one appointment that might take 45 minutes. In dental school, I would have done one filling each appointment, and each appointment would be about an hour and a half.
And at a dental school you have an assurance that the care is going to meet a basic acceptable standard. You’re not going to get top-of-the-line work from students, but you’re not going to have shoddy work either, like you might get at a discount dentist.
I see on the map that you’re about an hour from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Just Google their dental school and you should find a phone number on their website for patients to call to make appointments.
But don’t ever go to a dental school for cosmetic dentistry. They are in the business of training students in the technical skills needed to fix teeth and they tend to be totally dismissive of a patient’s appearance-related concerns. You are better off, in my opinion, doing nothing at all than having a student at a dental school do any appearance-related dental work on you.
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About David A. Hall
Dr. David A. Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does advanced internet marketing for dentists.