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March 9, 2001

The Doctors Are in, Take a Bite Out of Dental Bills
Center for Advanced Dental Education Offers Major Discounts for Specialty Services

ST. LOUIS - When it comes to getting braces for a child, many parents are anxious about finding the means to put their money where the metal is. Specialty dental care can be costly, but one of our region's best-kept secrets can help. Residents at Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education offer orthodontic, periodontic and endodontic services at one-half to one-third the cost of private practices in the area.

Fees for braces can be more than $4,000 in a private orthodontic practice, whereas services at the Center for Advanced Dental Education (CADE) cost only about $2,800.

CADE is currently accepting patients for all their dental specialty services: orthodontics (braces), periodontics (gum disease) and endodontics (root canal therapy). They are also accepting patients for general dentistry services. However, general dentistry costs at CADE are similar to dentists in private practice.

Since dental insurance is non-discriminatory regardless of where or who provided service, this discounted treatment is covered by dental insurance. CADE programs are fully accredited by the American Dental Association.

All CADE students are licensed dentists. Only about 8 percent of the applicants to the school are accepted each year, drawn from an international pool of candidates.

"The residents are under direct supervision by clinical faculty during all phases of their training and when treating patients," said Donald Ferguson, DMD, executive director of CADE. "The instructor stays with the same residents throughout the patients' treatment, so patients become familiar with both the resident and instructor as a working team."

Consistency of care is strengthened by the fact that the orthodontic program at CADE is 30 months long, as opposed to many other dental specialty schools that offer a 24-month program. "Our goal is to get as many patients started and completed with the same student as we can," Dr. Ferguson said, "and the additional six months enables many relationships to continue until the end of treatment."

CADE boasts a 50 year-plus history, making it one of the oldest advanced orthodontics training program in the United States. Its 2.5-year-old facility, Dreiling-Marshall Hall, has been heralded as the finest in the world for up-to-date technology and equipment for education in dental specialties. "Many patients that come to us have been referred by other families who were not only satisfied with the treatment, but impressed by our modern and comfortable surroundings," Dr. Ferguson said.

The Center for Advanced Dental Education is located at 3320 Rutger, on the eastern end of Saint Louis University's Health Sciences Center campus.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call CADE at 577-8181.

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Ferguson or a student at the Center for Advanced Dental Education, please contact Joe Muehlenkamp, health sciences center media relations, at (314) 977-8015. Interviews may also be available with former or current patients at CADE, who have had more than one child or several generations of family members receive services there.

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