When I started my search for sources of free dental care in Minnesota, I started it as I always do…with contacting the State Dental Association.
This was the reply I received…
“We do have a list of what we consider “low cost” clinics posted on our Web site, www.mndental.org. Two of the clinics listed (Sharing and Caring Hands, in Minneapolis; and the Union Gospel Mission, in Saint Paul), will do some work for free. Here is a link to that list. As you will note, we have the list broken down into clinics located with the Twin Cities metro area, and clinics located in greater Minnesota.”
When I looked at this list, it was a pretty big list, but not all of the work done can be done for free. As a result, you will need to look at the list, find the clinics closest to you and either check the website or call them to find out what they can do for you.
Free Dental Care in Minnesota
However, there are several other places to search for free dental care…
Minnesota Mobile Dental Program
According to their website, they are a “The Minnesota Mobile Dental Program is a faith-based ministry on wheels delivering dental care and treatment to your neighbors in need in the greater Minneapolis area. Free or low-cost dental care is provided to low-income children and adults, the homeless and migrant workers who lack insurance or a realistic way to pay for treatment. “
I think this is a terrific service because it also deals with the transportation issue. They come to you, making it easier for those with mobility issues to get the help they need.
University of Minnesota Dental School
Not free, but they do offer low-cost services to individuals. You can find out more information by visiting their website here.
Medicaid will offer LIMITED coverage of dental services. For Medicaid to cover these services the procedure must be deemed medically necessary and not be of a cosmetic nature.