Seniors can seek low-cost dental care at all accredited dental schools listed at the Commission on Dental Accreditation website. The type and variety of dental services provided by each school varies and includes oral hygiene such as teeth cleaning and specialties such as prosthodontics and oral surgery.
Seniors with Medicare or Medicaid insurance need to check their plans to determine the types of covered dental services they provide. Dental schools don't offer free services to seniors, but seniors potentially qualify for low-cost dental treatment provided at the schools. Dental schools such as Howard University College of Dentistry select patients with specific dental problems that serve as teaching examples. This policy often limits the type of dental services available to seniors. Seniors contact the school for more information.
Dental schools such as the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California require patients to get referrals from their dentists before scheduling clinic appointments. Self-referrals are sufficient with some dental school clinics, but seniors must read patient requirements at clinic websites before making appointments. Seniors should be aware that the teaching environment potentially causes longer dental sessions. Experienced faculty members supervise dental students and residents, and one procedure often requires several visits.