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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