Upon retiring, many seniors lose their dental coverage, which makes finding free dentures and dental care a priority, if these services are available for free.
Now, as you might imagine, this isn’t easy to come by, but there are a few options out there.
So what I am going to do is to go over the organizations that can provide these services for free…
…Also, if for any reason you do not qualify for any of the services below, I have written on a separate page about dental discount plans where anyone, seniors included, can receive significant savings off their dentures and dental work.
I have also written about my experiences at a local dental college, where you can experience big savings off of the cost of your dental work as well.
Free Dentures and Dental Care
First, due to the tremendous number of requests I have received to break this information down by state, I have put together a list of free dental care by state, listing state agencies and contact information for local clinics. You can view that information here.
Next, I would encourage you to look into the National Association of Free Clinics.
They are a nationwide group of doctors and dentists that provide free services for all age groups, including seniors.
There are financial requirements that you must meet in order to qualify but I would recommend that you take the time to investigate this resource.
Video Overview of Free Dental Care For Seniors
Next, investigate the Dentist Care Foundation of Mercy and see if they have an event coming to your area. This is group of volunteer dentists that travel the country assisting those without dental insurance.
Another new resource available is ToothWishdom.org, which features a comprehensive listing of dental programs available in 50 states.
The Dental Research Programs Directory may be able to provide you with free services for your dental needs. You can search by state or by procedure to see if you could benefit from the free clinical trial.
In addition to those above, there are several options below:
Explore some university-based dental colleges to see if they take patients. You would have your dental needs taken care of by the students at that university under the supervision of the professors at the college.
It should be noted that this is not done for free, but would be done at a reduced rate. For example, a local dental school close to me, Briarcliffe College, does cleanings for $25 for those without dental coverage.
Call your local Office of the Aging to see if they know of any dentists in your area (this is an excellent local source of information) that would be willing to help low-income individuals or a pro-bono basis.
Another good source for this type of information would be your local Lion’s Club. They also may be able to put you into touch with state agencies that can assist you as well.
Free dentures are hard to come by. However, there are a few options out there for needy senior citizens. First of all, please remember that Medicare is not an option for free dentures. Medicare will not pick up the tab for low-cost or free dentures.
Now, you should definitely research all of the options that I listed above under the ‘Free Dental Care’ section, but in addition to those, here are a few ideas that may come in handy when you are looking for a free set of dentures.
- Your state dental association – through your state’s dental association you can typically find programs for low-cost or free dentures.
- Local charities – many groups on the local level, like the Lion’s club, will be in a position to know if a local dentist is willing to do this type of work on a pro-bono basis.
- Your local Office of the Aging – while it could go by another (ie: Division of Senior Services) because they work with so many senior citizens you may be able to get great information from this agency on how to get free dentures.
- Is there a financing option? Many area dentists may be in a position to have you make installment payments which would reduce the financial burden on needing dentures.
- Are you willing to volunteer for any research projects? I listed it above but want to say again that the Dental Health Research website may be just what you are looking for.
You would be ‘testing out’ a new type of dentures, but they would be yours. It doesn’t hurt to check to see if there are any clinical trials you could participate in.
If Not Free, Then Cheap Dentures
Ok, if you are like many people then you did not qualify for free dentures using one of the programs above…but what about cheap dentures? Where can you go to find a set of cheap dentures? Try your local dental college.
This may be a shot in the dark but if you call a few local schools you may have the ability to get seen by some of the students at the dental college. This is not as bad as it may sound. The work done on you will be well supervised under the care of expert professors and you will be receiving the set of cheap dentures you need. It is important to note that not every dental school will do this…but it is worth a shot if it means that you will be saving potentially thousands of dollars.
Combined, there are close to a dozen options for you to look at when exploring free dentures and dental care. And I realize this won’t be easy. You will have to look online, make phone calls and may have to wait in order to receive the services you are looking for. And if they are not available, or you do not qualify, then you need to look for these services where it is provided in the most economical way possible.
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