Dental work done by students is generally well-done, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Experienced, licensed dentists supervise dental students in clinics at dental schools ensuring that the students provide quality treatment. Likewise, schools that teach dental hygiene often provide supervised, quality preventive dental care.
Dental schools and schools of dental hygiene are good low-cost options for quality dental care, maintains the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Another source of low-cost dental treatment is clinical trials studying the particular dental problem of the patient. Clinical trials provide free or low-cost treatment related to the problem.
Clinics supported by the Bureau of Primary Health Care provide a third option for discount dental care, states the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. These community clinics provide a variety of health care services including treatment for dental health issues and preventative dental care. Low income families and individuals, senior citizens and the disabled may be eligible for free or low-cost health insurance for dental procedures through Medicare, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
State dental societies are a good source of information about free and low-cost dental services at the state level, according to the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives. State organizations provide information about payment assistance programs and local dental school clinics.