Patients are assessed and a treatment plan is then drawn up.

If they are suitable, a student is allocated to do the work under supervision.’Charity worker Caroline Ffrench-Blake was left with a shattered jaw after being mugged 11 years ago, and she is thrilled with the dental care she has received at University College London’s Eastman Dental Institute after a referral by her dentist.

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Fees in Britain are among the highest in Europe, with recent research suggesting a bill for a simple check-up can be as much as £124.

In 2008, Citizens Advice found that one in six of the 1,800 people they surveyed had been unable to get access to an NHS dentist in England and Wales.

All this would normally have cost a hefty five-figure sum – but Rebecca hasn’t paid a single penny.‘When I tell friends that my dental work is done by students, their first reaction is that I’m mad – but my teeth look great.

I’ve been going to Wigan Dental Hospital since I was five.

After Caroline’s broken jaw was reset, she was left with a misaligned bite that, over time, caused her teeth to erode to tiny stumps.

Eastman’s postgraduates, who are training in specialist fields of dentistry, were happy to tackle the complex case.

They get the same money for several crowns on one patient as they do for just one.

We make sure the undergraduates are up-to-date with the latest innovations and techniques, and we have the combined expertise to deal with very complicated cases.‘All we ask is that patients make time for lengthy appointments.

Due to the large number of applicants in our pool, we are not able to offer application counseling.

We suggest you seek advice from a counselor or pre-health adviser at your undergraduate institution.

Caroline has attended the Eastman at least once a week for two years, but will soon finish her treatment. I am lucky to have got such brilliant treatment for no cost.