Qualifying For A Student Dental Discount


How Can I Get A Student Dental Discount?

There are dental discount plans and dental insurances that provide higher levels of discounts to students. In fact, the the term "student dental discount network*" could be used to describe the efforts by some "carriers" to recruit dentists in university and other youth-oriented markets. (Consult the table below for comparisons of actual fees provided to others in various cities around the country for comparison.)

In practice, the student dental discounts may be slightly greater than non-student dental discounts. However, the savings will depend on a number of factors such as: (Continued After Table...)


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CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS FEES METRO AREA STATE
DIAGNOSTIC D0120 Periodic oral evaluation $33 National Sample NA
DIAGNOSTIC D0150 Comprehensive oral evaluation $53 National Sample NA
DIAGNOSTIC D0274 X-Ray: Bitewings-4 films $49 National Sample NA
PREVENTIVE D1110 Prophylaxis-adult $58 National Sample NA
RESTORATIVE D2140 Amalgam filling-1 surface, primary or permanent $88 National Sample NA
RESTORATIVE D2330 Resin-based filling composite 1 surface, anterior $108 National Sample NA
RESTORATIVE D2750 Crown-porcelain fused to high noble metal $760 National Sample NA
ENDODONTICS D3330 Molar (excluding final restoration) $780 National Sample NA
PERIODONTICS D4341 Periodontal scaling and root planing, 4 or more teeth, per quad. $181 National Sample NA
PROSTHODONTICS D5110 Complete denture-maxillary $850 National Sample NA


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- The procedure. For instance, most plans negotiate heavy discounts on cleanings, exams and X-rays, but not as high on procedures that are more labor intensive or that require outside laboratory processes (such as crowns, veneers or onlays).

-The location. Where there are many dentists and too few patients or in less higher income areas, dentists may be inclined to agree to steeper discounts for students.

-The network. Both insurance and dental discount plans (student and non-student)have various sized networks of participating dentists. Those with the most dentists, or those who may be oriented toward students, are in better positions to provide a base of dentists who will agree to offering a student dental discount. (Some studies suggest that areas where there are fewer competing insurers or networks actually are able to negotiate bigger discounts with their dentists.)

In the end, students tend to be younger, and younger people do not typically require as much dentistry as the older populations. Supply and demand can apply, but as noted above, not equally. Looking at the list of participating dentists and contacting them individually before purchasing a student dental discount plan is always the most adviseable course. Checking fees for the treatments desired to have the highest dental discount for students or others on the plan is the best course.

*Student dental discount network is a term used in this case to describe the dentists who participate in any number of discount family dental insurance programs providing a general dental discount or student dental discount for dental restorative services, or discounts for dental preventative services such as exams, x-rays and prophylaxis (dental cleanings or “prophys.”). These could be in the form of dental insurance and discount plans. The goal of Allpricer is not to recommend a specific or "best" student dental discount program but to provide comparisons of as many of these as possible for the consumer, before they obtain specific quotes for their needs. Check out our comparison table of actual fees given to others seeking a student dental discount in various zip codes before you consider actually purchasing a student dental discount or similar plan.