Dental school is the way dentists learn their specialized skills. Typically, dental school is three years and costs anywhere from $45k-$80k, depending on the state of out of state tuition. The stipulations to get into dental school vary, but are heavily science based. There are many science classes that need to be completed before entrance is accepted. Prospective applicants to an accredited dental school will also have to complete job shadowing, meet specific GPA criteria, and take the DAT (Dental Admission Test).
Dental school can be hard for dentists to complete because they have to find their own patients and master dental procedures in order to graduate. If they can’t bring in the patients, their time in school will take longer. Appointments tend to take longer for patients being seen in a dental school because of the times the dental student has to stop to have their work looked at by their instructors. Plan on taking the day off from work if you want to see a dental student to do your dental treatment.
Dental students may see things they’ll never see again during their time in school. Many people don’t have dental insurance so they go to dental schools because they’re cheaper than going to a dentist that’s fully licensed. But dental schools do have a few requirements in order to receive treatment. If multiple appointments are necessary to complete the treatment, the patient must pay before the final procedure is complete. If they don’t pay then they won’t have the treatment completed and the dental student won’t receive credit for their work.
The schooling is a grueling process for any dentist and they can’t work during their time in school. Dentists are specialized and their work is valuable, although many people think it’s not. Seeing a competent dentist is important and patients want to be able to trust their dentist. Just know that they’ve had the training they need to make your dental visit pleasant. Contact Heritage Dental Associates today to schedule your appointment.