Considering dental care at Penn Dental Medicine? Here’s everything you need to know about becoming a patient at our dental care clinic.

If you’re looking for a clinic that can provide routine dental care and specialized procedures, you may be considering a dental care clinic like those at Penn Dental Medicine. To help you make the best decision possible about your oral health care, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about our teaching dental care clinic.

Q: What is a teaching dental care clinic?

A: A teaching clinic is one where dental students are trained to be dentists. In a teaching dental care clinic, dental students are trained by experienced, licensed dentists to perform a variety of services, including routine care and specialized procedures. These clinics often offer lower costs than a traditional dentist’s office and provide equally professional care.

Q: Will I receive proper care at a teaching clinic?

A: You will receive excellent care. Students are supervised and instructed by professors who are professional dentists themselves. You are in good hands at Penn Dental Medicine.

Q: Won’t my care depend on the student’s needs, rather than mine?

A: Your care will never be compromised in order to support “student needs.”  While we do screen potential patients to see if they would be a good fit for the clinic, we are 100% dedicated to patient care. If there is ever a conflict of interest between the patient’s care and a student’s education plan, the patient comes first. We will never compromise your care to suit curricular needs.

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Q: How do I become a patient at Penn Dental Medicine?

A: Becoming a patient at Penn Dental Medicine is a four step process.

  1. Submit an application by scheduling an appointment.
  2. Have an exam consultation and appointment to see if you are eligible for treatment with Penn Dental Medicine.
  3. Be assigned to either the predoctoral or postdoctoral program if accepted to the program. If you are not accepted, we will advise you about the care we think would be best, so that you can pursue treatment with another dentist or clinic.
  4. During your second appointment, you begin your treatment.

Q: What are the benefits of getting care at a teaching clinic?

A: Affordability of services, as well as care directed by highly respected faculty are huge benefits of receiving care at a teaching clinic. You also get the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping the next generation of dentists learn the techniques and skills they’ll need to treat others in the future.

Q: What specialties does Penn Dental Medicine offer?

A: Penn Dental Medicine provides care in a variety of specialties, including general dentistry, periodontics, pediatrics, dentures and implants, oral surgery, orthodontics, oral medicine,  and endodontics (root canal treatment). If you are looking for a specific treatment from a dental care clinic, Penn Dental Medicine likely provides it.

Q: What’s next?

A: If you’ve been searching for dental care and you are interested in Penn Dental Medicine, simply contact our dental care clinic directly for an appointment at 215-898-8965.