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Free Dentures and Free Dental Care




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 Dentures 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

 

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.  

 


 

Recap  

 

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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41 Responses to “Free Dentures and Free Dental Care”

  1. gloria says:

    looking for a program so i can get dentures a dental research program in kentucky or tn

  2. Tony says:

    Gloria,

    I would start my search at this free clinic.

    841 Union Street (new address)
    Shelbyville, TN 37160
    PHONE: (931) 684-6772
    FAX: (931) 684-6721

    Contact them and ask them if they can assist you.

    If they cannot, ask if they know of any resources in your area that can help.

  3. Tracy says:

    I am looking for somewhere I can get dentures for my Dad in Utah.

    • ssnadmin says:

      Tracy,

      Here are some options…

      I checked the schedule for the American Dental Foundation’s Mission of Mercy…http://www.adcfmom.org/Schedule.html.

      While they do not have an event in Utah, there are some events coming to neighboring states. Keep checking their schedule to see if an event is coming close to you soon.

      Next, I would call the National Association of Free Clinics:

      Address 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 600
      Alexandria, VA 22314
      Phone 703-647-7427
      Fax 866-875-3827
      Email Info@nafcclinics.org

      Unfortunately I didn’t see listings in Utah but they know of a resource that is available to you.

      If you need further assistance, please let me know and I will try to find something for you.

      One last idea…try your local Lion’s Club. They may know of a local source that isn’t widely reported.

  4. Michael Bomar says:

    I need free dentures and I have no job

    Been looking for over a yeay for a job

    I am a computer repair person

    • ssnadmin says:

      Michael,

      The best thing for you to do is to follow the advice in this post:

      Start with the National Association of Free Clinics, the American Dentists Care Foundation and the Dental Research Program directory. Check those websites against where you live (you didn’t mention in your post) to see if there are any free clinics or traveling road shows coming to your area.

      I would also seek out a local branch of the Lion’s Club in your area to see if they know of any local programs that aren’t actively promoted.

  5. janis says:

    my front teeth broke off so now i just have one in front, i have like 6or 7 that have broken off on the top, they hurt so bad. any way i need some denture program have no insurance or job or money, no car either so if anybody knows of charites in the contra costa county around pittsburg or antioch,i would appreciate the information. thanks

  6. Sarah says:

    I had called and talked to the Ohio Dental Association and they had given me a phone number to call and based on your income you may be eligible to recieve free dentures after filling out the packet that they mail you. The place is called Dental Options and they may help in other states but it is worth a shot to call and see the number is 1-888-765-6789. I had called for my mother and she is eligible so thank you for the information that you had posted. The only thing is there is a waiting list so it may not be right away but she is going to get the help she needs!!!

    • ssnadmin says:

      Sarah,

      That’s terrific. I know that it can be tough but with enough searching around you can find the help you need.

      Thank you for posting because it is always nice to see how the information compiled here can help people.

      Warm Regards,

      Tony Rovere

  7. Rea says:

    Hi, I live in Chicago, Illinios and I’m looking for a free denture for my dad who’s 65 years old.

    • ssnadmin says:

      Rea,

      You can start with some of the tips on this page. I would take Sarah’s advice above and contact your state dental association to see if they can offer assistance.

      I took the liberty of looking up the Illinois State Dental Association for you and here is their contact information:

      Illinois State Dental Association
      1010 South Second Street
      Springfield, Illinois 62704
      (217) 525-1406
      info@isds.org
      http://www.isds.org/

      Good luck and if you need any other help let me know.

  8. Karen Bennett says:

    I am 62 on SS and live in Florida. I tried the links above and could find no clinics or research options near me. I am sadly in need of having at least two or three broken cavities surgically removed and possibly getting dentures. Any ideas on where to look in South Florida? I live about 1/2 an hour north of West Palm Beach.

  9. Cathy Partin says:

    i am 53yrs. old. i just started receiving social security disability in feb.2013. i do not get my medicare until dec.2013. my husband just lost his job. i will be without health or dental insurance. i am scheduled for oral surgery tommorrow to have wisdom teeth cut-out & the rest of top & bottom teeth removed total 27. i need to find free dentures. please help me. thank you for your time sincerely Cathy Partin

    • Tony Rovere says:

      Cathy,

      The best thing for you to do is to contact your state dental association. If you look through the other comments made on this page you can see that this idea was successful for Sarah. She was connected through her state dental association to a non profit that is getting her mother dentures. Perhaps your state dental association can do the same.

      You can go to http://stuffseniorsneed.com/blog/state-dental-association and there you will find a listing of all 50 state dental associations.

  10. ALMA HOGUE says:

    Hello my mother need a free dentures she has low income do you know a place whre she can have some help we live in houston tx

  11. JoDee says:

    Hello I have a dear lady friend who is 67. She is low income and is disabled. She is in serious need of new dentures. She is having a surgery to remove some tissue on top gums that are very swelled and sensitive now. They told her she will need new dentures. She is currently unable to wear the once she has now. She lives in Spencer TN. Would you be able to refer me to someone to help her?

  12. Rosie says:

    Hi I am disabled, low income, raising grandkids an cannot afford dentures. I have had my teeth removed from an incident the dentist removed my front teeth due to bad crowns. Root tip was broken at tip an pushed into my nasal cavity, long story short, I also was left with bad bone spurs an needing oral surgery to remove them before dentures. I suffer facial pain, an hardly can eat, my gums constantly throb with pain. Is there a place in DFW that assists with both, I’m on SS, and Medicare doesn’t cover dental. I’ve tried the Texas Donated Dental Services TXDDS the wait is 3 yrs.thanks!

    • Tony Rovere says:

      Rosie,

      You are right. Of all of the states I have researched Texas seems to have the most limited options available. I would try looking into the National Association of Free Clinics as well as ToothWisdom.org, both listed on this page, for help.

  13. Carrie B says:

    Both of my parents are in serious need of getting dentures, neither have had them before so we are needing tooth extractions also.
    We went to an affordable denture clinic and they have great deals but we are not able to come up with that much cash at one time. The denture office wants all work to be paid in full. No payment plans offered.

    Both parents are on S.S., no dental coverage.

    I have called a few places but am just having no luck… :(
    Any information would be greatly appreciated!!
    God bless!

    Located in Elk Grove/Sacramento, California.

  14. cheryl says:

    Iam a black women who worked all my life retired after 30 years with no dental care raising 5 grandchideren it could happen to anyone . I have no upper teeth do to health. why is it welfare people took my taxes dollar to be fully cover them and I have to suffer toothlest for the rest of my life . I get retirement and social I am consider not poor.help me .

  15. Renee says:

    Do you know of any where in the Rossville, Ga area to call? It is about 3 minutes from Chattanooga, TN.

  16. Eddie says:

    I’m looking for help with my father in law he is a retired veteran on a fixed income he is in desperate need for some dentures can someone help me Thanks

  17. Cynthia says:

    I am a 57 yr old female, who has lost most of her teeth to gum disease. I cannot pay for any type of dental care, I’m on food stamps and Medicaid. I will definitely need dentures. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  18. Cynthia says:

    Also, I live in Maryland.

  19. Cynthia says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I will make a call early Monday morning (I wanted to wait until after the holidays).

  20. Cynthia says:

    Hello, I just want to let you know that I contacted Mr. Peter Holmes office at MSDA on January 5 and sent an email to him the next day and never received a response back.

  21. Anne Marie says:

    My mother is 83 yrs old and has medicare but no dental coverage. She lives with me and she just broke a lower tooth and is complaining about her dentures and her mouth hurting. She is eating less and losing weigh. I am concerned. We live in Tucson, AZ. – are there organizations that can help her?
    Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
    Anne Marie

  22. I am a Senior Citizen in need of dental work really bad but have no insurance and i would really appreciate it very much

  23. Thomas Hudnall says:

    I am a 67 year old senior looking for a place in Miami. Fl.where I can get free dentures.I only get a small sociality payment, and I don’t have enough money to get my mouth corrected. Thank for any help you can give me.

  24. Socorro M Concepcion says:

    I am a 67 year old sick women living of disability and Medicare. I have no money not even to purchase cloths. I began to have dental work done years ago at NYC Presbyterian Dental Clinic at 168 St and Broadway in Manhattan. To this day I swear they removed all but 9 of my teeth without the need to do so. I paid every time I was treated for what ever was done to me, and they made dentures for me 2 times which I had to pay for because they are wrong and the second pair I hardly am able to wear them either. I need dental care ASAP. I can chew my food and a get this bad order out of my mouth no matter how much or how many times I brush my teeth. I have no money but am suffering so much because of this problem along with all the other health problems I have. Which includes COPD, and a heart monitor they had to put in me. Help me please find help.
    Thanking you in advance

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