THE HSDM STANDARDS OF CARE
Standard 1. Timeliness of Care
Patient care will progress in a timely manner.
Standard 2. Informed Consent
Patients will be consented for care prior to initiating treatment.
Standard 3. Patient Records
Patient records will be appropriately documented and securely maintained.
Standard 4. Comprehensive Care
Patient care will be delivered in a comprehensive care model.
Standard 5. Medical Emergency
Medical emergencies will be appropriately managed.
Standard 6. Patient Safety
Patient care will be provided in a safe environment.
The Teaching Practices of the Harvard Dental Center is a modern dental facility dedicated to patient oral health. Dental care is affordable because faculty-supervised student dentists provide treatment. There are two options within the Teaching Practices:
Pre-Doctoral Teaching Practices
Third and fourth year dental students provide care under the supervision of experienced faculty members. The students perform both general dentistry and specialized procedures.
Advanced Graduate Teaching Practices
Graduate dentists who are in specialty training provide care. These dental students are training to be Endodontists, Periodontists, Orthodontists, Prosthodontists, and Implant Specialists. General dental care is provided by students in the General Practice Residency Program.
The Teaching Practices provides comprehensive care to patients. It combines all aspects of dentistry - oral diagnosis, dental hygiene, radiology, restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery and orthodontics - at a single location. Whatever your dental needs, the entire range of dental care services are available at the Teaching Practices.
Length of Treatment
The number and length of visits is greater in the Teaching Practices than in a private dental practice. The dental students often work at a slower pace. To assure the highest quality of care, a Harvard faculty member will check the work at each step. For many patients the lower fees make it worth spending the extra time to receive quality care.
Payment for your dental treatment is expected at the time care is provided. The Teaching Practices accepts Master Card, VISA, and American Express.
The Teaching Practices at Harvard Dental Center accepts Delta Dental Premier, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Cigna, Commonwealth Care Alliance, and MassHealth. Your Patient Services Liaison will review your insurance plan or Commonwealth Care Alliance/ MassHealth eligibility and outline the estimated costs of your comprehensive treatment plan.
There is a $159.00 charge for the initial examination and necessary diagnostic x-rays in the Oral Diagnosis Clinic. If you need additional treatment, each of the Teaching Practices has a different fee structure. The Pre-Doctoral Practice has the lowest fees. Although the Advanced Graduate fees are higher than the Pre-Doctoral fees, they are still lower than those charged by dentists in private practice.