It’s that time of the year when your insurance rolls over and you’re due for your annual dental appointment… or not. Only about 36% of Americans have dental insurance, which means that many avoid going to the dentist until their dental situation becomes unbearable.
Even if you don’t have insurance, we want you to know that you have options for high quality, low cost dental services. Penn Dental Medicine offers deeply discounted prices because of our educational mission as a dental school. If you’ve never been to a dental school clinic before, you probably have questions. Here, we’ll answer your most frequently-asked questions about Penn Dental Medicine’s low cost dental services.
A: We apply dental discounts in a number of ways. PDM’s priority is to provide access to patients so that our dentists-in-training have opportunities to perform a variety of procedures. That means that unlike most clinics, the amount we charge our patients is mainly to cover operating costs and the services they receive.
In addition, you may be eligible to participate in a study, which would also reduce the cost of your service significantly or even make it free. Finally, there are some offers on our website that you can take advantage of, such as the $25 off coupon for your first visit.
A: Yes, we absolutely provide pediatric care. We recommend scheduling your child’s first appointment when their first tooth comes in. This is an excellent opportunity for a dentist to check your child’s development and help them become familiar with the dentist. Throughout their life, your child may experience a variety of dental needs. Services offered to children include cleaning, sealings, screenings, fillings, tooth extractions, and orthodontics.
A: A full 47% of Americans suffer some form of gum disease. In young people, periodontitis is generally due to vitamin depletion, not necessarily bacteria. In people who have gum disease, there may be periods of progression followed by periods of regression. A few signs of gum disease include:
If you or your child has any of the above symptoms, it’s important for you to see the dentist as soon as possible before it becomes more severe. Most people do not realize that gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss. It’s that serious!
Everyone has questions about the dentist, which is part of the reason why we keep up our blog on dental matters. We invite you to make an appointment today to receive answers to your specific questions.
Give us a call at 215-898-8965 and you’ll enjoy the benefits of high quality, low cost dental services from Penn Dental Medicine in no time.