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Getting Dentures Without Insurance

This is a guide about getting dentures without insurance. If you don't have dental insurance it can be difficult to afford dentures. Here are some tips about finding low cost dental care.
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August 21, 2015

I'm a diabetic and take insulin. My teeth are bad. I need new teeth. Where can I find dental service without insurance?

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August 21, 20150 found this helpful
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If there are dental schools in your area, you can obtain many dental services from them. All procedures are overseen by the instructors and fees are low cost. Also, they might have a sliding fee based upon income. Search online for dental schools by state in the US on this site :

http://www.asda  tal-schools.aspx

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January 31, 2016

I am on SSI and have to have new dentures. I live on a very low income and my husband is trying to get his SSI and is unemployed. We both need dentures; is there any place that has free or low cost denture care? Please help us.

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February 13, 20160 found this helpful
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I would assume you have Medicaid insurance to cover dental care? I would suggest you call the phone number on the back of the card if you do. They usually provide dentures for those in need.

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August 9, 20130 found this helpful

My husband and I have no insurance what so ever and his teeth have been killing him for about 2 years! It is genetic in his family for tooth decay and his mother and grandmother had dentures by the time they were 35. I don't know what to do! He is in constant pain and we cannot afford extractions and dentures. I'm out of options between going to doctors and the hospitals. The only thing the hospital has done is give him pain relievers and referrals to their charity dental clinic which only provides extractions.

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Without any teeth how are you supposed to eat?

Where can I find a free dental clinic or school that would help him? I'm so scared that it will start causing heart problems and I just don't know what to do! It causes him so much stress and I can only imagine the pain he is in everyday. Please someone help.

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August 9, 20130 found this helpful
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People can eat without teeth. I got dentures in 1983, but I had been without teeth for so many years that I prefer not to wear them, unless I am going someplace or having company. You also don't have to eat just soft foods when you don't have teeth. Your gums get used to it. I can eat popcorn, etc. without my teeth. Until your husband's gums get healed he will have to start out with soft foods, soups, mashed potatoes, etc. As the gums get stronger he can add more variety of foods. Believe me it can be done. My now "ex" had his teeth pulled in the fall of 1964 and by the time the dentist said he could put the dentures in, he was eating popcorn, etc. About the only things I can't eat are raw veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, etc.

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July 25, 2018

I am missing several teeth, molars on top and bottom and my front bottom teeth. I have one on the right bottom, and 2 on the left bottom. The middle teeth are missing and the ones along the sides are missing. I have 3 top middle teeth and one molar on left top.

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I can't get implants because my bone is too thin or not enough there or something. I forgot what they said, but not a good candidate for implants. What should I do? Cost is a factor.

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

Ask around and find out who is happy with his or her dentures. Go to that person

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

If you have a dental school in your community, call and see if they can help with bridges or partials.

Are you on Medicaid or have a dental policy through an employer? Some employer plans (and some state's Medical assistace) may cover parts of the cost for bridges or partials.

Last suggestion is to contact your local Notary, Kiwanis, and United Way to see if they can hook you up with services that can help!

Wishing you the best and G-d bless you!

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

Sounds like you have some difficulties with your teeth and have issues with tooth decay. In a situation such as this, I would definitely look into having the rest of my teeth removed and getting dentures.

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If money is an issue this would be the cheapest way to go. Before making your final decision I would consult another dentist to find out if you have any other options.

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

It sounds like you have no choice but dentures and they would be less expensive than implants (which you say you cannot have anyway).

  • Dentures are very expensive, and without insurance it is even difficult to get a discount. Even with high cost of dental work, you will rarely find a dentist that does not have a lot of patients.
  • Dental schools are your best bet but they are not free and they do not take everybody who apply.
  • Also, they are usually limited as to how many "cases" they accept each year and they only do this during certain times of the year. I live 60 miles from a dental school and I know people who have had to apply numerous times and over a long period of time (most schools are "first come first served" so you usually have to be there very early/early). All that I am saying is that it is not always easy to get help even if you are near a school.
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  • Occasionally, there is a regular dental department in the same area as the school and they will sometimes do work for less money and some financial services are available. You will just have to explore every avenue you find.
  • www.asdanet.org/.../u-s-dental-schools
  • There are some dentists that take payments but since we do not know where you live you will have to do your own research in that area - maybe Google dentists who take payments with your zip code or, if you fall in the low income area, you can also Google for help with dental services with your zip code.
  • Here is a link that has some suggestions that might fall in your area of need:
  • www.cheapdentures.org/
  • Here is a link that shows just how much each procedure may cost (prices differ in different areas):
  • www.authoritydental.org/how-much-do-dentures-cost
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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

All of my elders have always told me, "Try to keep your natural teeth as long as possible because dentures are hell." Perhaps see if a dental school can do bridges for you?

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July 29, 20180 found this helpful

Depending on your area there are different places you can go to get Affordable Dentures we have a school here that actually provides a lot of information regarding payment plans and options and even Financial assistance for some people who can't afford dentures. Also implants are very very painful and Dentures are not as painful as that procedure would be. I would suggest contacting local dentists and they should be able to provide you with information regarding payment options or actually in certain situations possibly a way to cover the entire cost as well.

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July 31, 20180 found this helpful

the good thing about dentures is this allows you to eat food and allows you to keep the architecture of your jaw and face intact, and additionally makes you look less old (for what that's worth)

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the bad thing about dentures is how unnatural they feel, the cost, having to always keep them clean, and yes, some risk of infections, etc. I also hear there's a really difficult adjustment period where you will be subject to pain, even rashes, etc

in the end choose what's best for you with what you have to work with. I know plenty of people who have just decided to not replace teeth with anything and it doesn't make them worse people, though it does make things harder with all the morons out there who can't get past something that has been part of the natural human condition for 100+ years (namely - loss of teeth) because they have bought into this pathetic unsustainable commodity fetish reality that "ermagherd! no teeth!" The same pathetic mentality that keeps people more sick than well thru unhealthy, untested pharma interventions, or thru sustaining infantile, unsustainable, plastic appearance/beauty standards

but I digress

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