Cons of Dental School
Dental schools can offer you most of the services you need at a much lower cost than a typical dental office, but it's not appropriate for every type of treatment. Because dental students are practicing, they may work more slowly than an experienced dentist to complete these procedures effectively. Therefore, your appointment may take longer than usual, which isn't ideal if you're pressed for time.
Naturally, your appointment will be less personal. Chances are you've seen your dentist for years, and they know your history, prescribe necessary medications, and treat you accordingly. Dental schools don't have the luxury of repeat patients and cycle through students as they enroll. You can expect to relay your medical and dental history to new students each time you visit.
Insurance can be complicated at dental schools, as well. Medicaid and most dental insurance policies cover work done by accredited dental schools (you can check to make sure a school is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation). However, you might find that you're responsible for paying for service upfront and then make a claim for reimbursement through your insurance carrier afterward. When in doubt, give your provider a call before you have any work done through an institution.
Having discount dental work done through a dental school may make the most sense for your financial situation. As long as you clear the work through your insurance policy and choose an accredited school, you can save hundreds of dollars while still getting the care you need.