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Old 02-07-2008, 02:29 PM
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Dental Schools.....Have you had work done at one?

I do not have dental insurance...I need a bridge and some other work - price tag currently is approximately $2,700.

I live an hour away from Ohio State University which has a reputable Dental School. Has anyone gone to a University for work? Any experiences - pros and cons. All good dentists have to start somewhere right?
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I haven't, and I have no idea how safe it is. If you do not get a response here, perhaps PM idalis.
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ya,^ask Pam, she's a dentist.
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Thanks, I'll do that!
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Old 02-07-2008, 03:01 PM
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You will inevitably get the same quality work, as all the students are heavily supervised and they're not going to be permitted to insert a bridge that's not proper. HOWEVER... it will take AN OBSCENELY LONG TIME and way more visits than it will in private practice, AND the savings, believe it or not, may not be that huge. Lab bills on crown and bridge are EXPENSIVE! They're by no means free/cheap for the dentist to obtain, and it's no different for a dental school. You'll probably get cheaper lesser quality metal and porcelain too though. If it's in an aesthetic zone i'd probably suggest you go with the ol' "you get what you pay for"
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Old 02-07-2008, 03:02 PM
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ps: how many units of bridgework are we talking for $2700? (unit = "tooth" meaning teeth that are crowned to hold the bridge + pontic (fake) teeth)

edit - wait, a bridge AND other stuff?? Even at the minimum possible of a 3 unit bridge, imo this is very cheap. At least compared to prices in this state!
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I can't find my estimate anywhere - I believe (2) crowns and (1) implant (tooth).
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my mom got some work done at a dental school, and the guy totally screwed up; he ground off most of her enamel and chipped her tooth. Shes going to my dentist now to get it fixed, which will cost even more than what she originally had to pay this jerk.
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Old 02-07-2008, 03:23 PM
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Found the estimate - Three Canals $578
Crown $808
Crown $808
Pontic $847
Total $3041.00
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First off, just wanted to make sure you understand, since you have stated 2 totally different things... that a bridge tooth-replacement is NOT an implant. The "fake" tooth on a bridge is NOT an implant. It's a pontic, which is a fake crown soldered to the 2 abutment crowns on the natural teeth surrounding the space. Implants are titanium screw-like fixtures placed into your bone to act as a fake root, onto which a crown is then later placed. This is the GOLD STANDARD and PROPER CHOICE for restoring a single missing tooth, unless the 2 adjacent teeth already need crowns anyway. I highly urge you to NOT get a bridge if it means cutting down 2 healthy teeth to hold it up. It is a foolish choice, and a POOR choice for long-term outcome, and will cost you MORE in the long run. The implant has a higher INITIAL cost, but will be much more likely to never need replacement, whereas a crowned tooth (or bridged area) will likely need multiple replacements over a lifetime due to leakage and recurrent decay (and possibly root canals and more if you're extra lucky). It is also much more detrimental to the adjacent teeth periodontally, as they are required to take on the added stress of the extra unsupported pontic.

It appears that you need at least 1 crown somewhere though since i see a molar endo (root canal) there and that tooth will need a crown, but I don't know if that's one of the teeth abutting the proposed bridge.

In short - if both your adjacent teeth are healthy and either virgin (no restorations) or just in need of/already possessing small fillings, and your dentist has not presented implant as a choice... go find another dentist.

Again, you may pay up to $4k for this implant, but it's the right choice.

That Tx plan is cheap btw. Ask if the office offers Care Credit or Capital One or another similar payment plan. You finance the cost and pay monthly, interest free for 18 months
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^ITA with Pam. I am in need of an implant and choosing to do that instead of a bridge because of the exact reasons she stated. I have healthy teeth surrounding the area where an implant is needed. It is very expensive but well worth it in the long run undoubtedly! I would try to finance it if you can instead of trying to find a "cheaper" route. Good luck!
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Old 02-07-2008, 05:11 PM
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Yep. As soon as you cut into a tooth in any fashion, that tooth becomes a dental patient FOR LIFE! There is no such thing as a permanent lifelong restoration.
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I apologize for using the term "implant" - my mind went blank with what to call the fake tooth - I am not getting an implant. Although, if the cost weren't so high, that is what I would prefer to do.

I had a root canal done not to long ago, that is where the additional crown is coming from. I really do not know the terms for dental work - I feel foolish in that regard.

Thank you for all the advice given, I do appreciate it!

Scratch the above, financing an implant - that I may do, I'm actually going to look into that avenue! Thank you!
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my girlfriend just recently got her wisdom teeth pulled at a dental school. all she had was one visit prior to the surgery, and then the surgery itself. it was easy and quick. and cheap! $700 compared to $2000. there wasn't a super long wait either, she got it done within like 2 weeks.
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