Dental work can be very expensive. And if you are in severe pain, it can be very challenging to wait until you have the money to pay out of pocket. In many cases, waiting to get your problem fixed can actually result in being required to have a more expensive and more painful procedure when you do sit down in the dentist’s chair.
However, there are resources and options available to help you get the care that your teeth need. Here are four ways to find affordable dental care:
I: Contact Your Local Department Of Health And Human Resources
Some states and local jurisdictions have programs available for low-income residents to provide for dental care. Be sure to ask about local nonprofits that may provide dental care or subsidies for dental work.
II: Look For Free Dental Clinics
Research free dental clinics in your area to see if any local dentist provides care at a free or reduced price to those in need. Also, check your area to see if any churches will be hosting a free medical and dental day. While the specifics vary from event to event, local houses of worship will sometimes host events where local medical professionals will provide free or reduced-price services. Some clinics require certain eligibility requirements while others only require an appointment.
III: Consider A Dental School
Many dental schools offer free or reduced-cost services to patients at their school. While the dentist working on your teeth may not be as experienced, students are typically supervised by experienced dentists and professors. Check out the American Dental Association website to find a school near you.
IV: Explain The Situation To Your Dentist
Should you have a dentist that you have been seeing for years, call the dentist and explain the situation. They may be able to provide you with reduced fees or with a payment plan. Additionally, the dentist may be able to help devise a treatment plan that is more affordable. If you do not have a regular dentist, contact several local dentists to see if any offer services to people in need.