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Need dental help bad but very poor
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An_224287 posted:
Im not sure what to do. I was told all my upper teeth need to be extracted and dentures put in but I cant afford something like that. Is there any help out there for people with financial difficulties like me? Maybe dental schools? Thxs for any info.
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Emma_WebMD_Staff responded:
You may try calling the local WIC (Women, Infants and Children) office or possible your doctor to see if they know of a discounted dentist who would work with you on lower payments for this sort of dental work. WIC offices often times have a list of those sorts of resources.

Good luck,
Emma
 
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MarkMHB responded:
Dear Anon_7261,

There are several options for persons who find dental care financially out of reach:
  • Investigate your state's Medicaid program. Although the programs in some states offers only the most vestigial benefits, it may help.
  • If you're disabled, you may qualify for free dental benefits through the Donated Dental Services program. You can explore their web site for contact information in your community: http://nfdh.org/joomla_nfdh/content/view/24/47/
  • Institutional settings do offer care at fees that are often significantly below prevailing private practice rates. You can contact your local component section of the American Dental Association for guidance: http://www.ada.org/ada/organizations/local.asp
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has an informative page at their web site that references several economical sources for dental care; see it here: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/FindingDentalCare/

Good luck!

Mark Bornfeld

Brooklyn, NY
 
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An_224288 replied to MarkMHB's response:
Thank you for your help. The information was very helpful.


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