However, you should keep in mind that there are a few options to pay less for dental care even if you do not have dental insurance. Check out below a few of the best money saving tips for dental care treatments:
Considering Dental Schools for Affordable and Free Dentistry
Both in the UK as the US, the dental schools offer low cost dental treatments for people who cannot afford to pay the high costs charged by a private dentist. Remember that usually you will be put on a waiting list, so if you struggle with an emergency, the dental school is not a good option.
Other than that students at dental schools offer from basic dental care and upon to cosmetic treatments almost everything, at a fraction of the price charged by a dentist. A comprehensive list with UK dental schools is provided below.
Considering Dental Tourism for Affordable Dental Care
There are plenty of tourism operators available who focus specifically on medical or dental tourism packages. For instance, if you choose Mexico, here you will pay for a dental implant a little over $1,000, while for the exact same procedure you can pay even $4,000+ in the US.
Abroad, they offer high quality treatments at highly reasonable prices, so it is worth a try especially if you cannot afford to pay for that root canal treatment or dental implant at home.
Considering the Low Income Schemes
In the UK, this scheme is offered by the NHS. Generally, people who live on a low income, and do not have any savings or other income from investments, can get eligible for help. The capital limit in the UK is £16.000 for regular citizens, and £23.250 for people living in a care home for example.
In the US, such schemes are offered through CHIP, Medicaid or Medicare. These are all federally funded programs aimed at offering low cost health insurance programs for children and adults.
Medicare is a type of program suitable for people 65+ years of age, or for people living with certain physical/mental disabilities. Medicare does not offer coverage for basic dental care or dentures.
CHIP, or Children’s Health Insurance Program offers coverage for dental and medical treatments for children up to 19 years of age. You need to run a thorough research however, because the dental treatments covered vary from one state to the other.
Medicaid generally offers dental coverage in almost all states for limited emergency dental services for people 21+ years of age. People under 21 years of age are generally being covered for dental services by Medicaid.
Comprehensive list of dental medical schools in the UK
Belfast – the Queen’s University of BELFAST School of Dentistry. This school is located on Grosvenor Road, Belfast, N. Ireland BT 12 6BP. For more information, you should contact the staff at the following number: 02890- 632-733.
Birmingham – The dental school at the University of Birmingham. It is located at St. Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham B4 6NN. For information regarding the available dentistry programs, call 0121 2368611
Bristol – the dental school at the University of Bristol. This is located on Lower Maudlin Street, Bristol BS1 2LY. For more information call at the following number: 0117 928 9000
Cardiff – the Dental School of Wales College of Medicine. The exact location is Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XY. More information regarding dental programs can be obtained at 02920 742469
Dundee – Dental School at the University of Dundee located at Park Place, Dundee DD1 4HN. The staff can be contacted through phone: 01382 635976/7
Glasgow – the Glasgow Dental School- University of Glasgow. It is located at 378 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow- G2 3JZ. Call for more information: 0141 211 9600
Leeds – the School of Dentistry at the University of Leeds. The school is located on Clarendon Way, Leeds – LS2 9LU. For information regarding available low cost dental programs call at the following number: 0113 343 6199
Liverpool – the School of Dental Surgery at the University of Liverpool. The address is
PO Box 147 at Pembroke Place in Liverpool- L3 5PS. The contact phone number is 0151 706 5298
London – King’s College Dental Institute. The exact address is Floor 18, Guy’s Tower, Guy’s Hospital in London – SE1 9RT . Ask the staff for more information at the following phone number: 020 7188 1164
London – at the Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. The location is on Turner Street, London- E1 2AD. Call for more information: 020 7377 7611
London – Institute of Dental Surgery at the Eastman Dental Hospital. This is located at 256 Gray’s Inn Road, London -WC1X 8LD. Their phone number is: 020 7915 1038
Manchester – the University of Manchester (The Turner Dental School), located at
Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester -M15 6FH. Call 0161 306 0220 and ask for more details.
Newcastle – the University of Newcastle upon Tyne ( The Dental School) at Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne -NE2 4BW. Contact the staff at: 0191 222 8347
Plymouth- the Peninsula Dental School, John Bull Building, Tamar Science Park, Plymouth PL6 8BU. Phone: 01752 437 333
Preston – the University of Central Lancashire, School of Dentistry
Preston- in Lancashire -PR1 2HE. Their contact number is: 01772 201 201
Sheffield- at the School of Clinical Dentistry -University of Sheffield- at
Claremont Crescent, Sheffield- S10 2TA. Ask for more details at the following number: 0114 271 7801