Finding an Affordable Dentist: Easy or Challenging?June 28th, 2013, by Alex WorlDental.org
Dental work can be outrageously expensive, especially if you need major treatments and if you do not have proper dental issuance.
Root canals, crowns, dental whitening or dental implants are indeed very costly, but keep on reading to learn how you can have access to affordable dental care.
Base your research on finding dentists who accept any of these plans. Medicaid is the most well known dental plan for low income patients, but not all dentists will accept Medicaid patients (the main reasons being low reimbursement and a complex administrative process).
With Medicaid coverage, children under 21 will get free preventative dental care, while the coverage for adults differs from one state to the other. Medicare plans offer dental coverage for seniors 65+ years old, but keep in mind that this plan covers only for specific dental treatments which are part of a clinical treatment (such as jaw reconstruction after an accident)
Search for dental discount offers
Thankfully, the online world is filled with plenty of important free resources, so you might easily find a dentist in your area who offers a special dental savings plan or discount. For example, a dentist might offer free dental X-rays and a free professional dental cleaning if the patient will get his/her dental crowns at the respective office.
Also, some dentists promote their practices by offering vouchers and coupons which can be used for getting dental treatments. With a thorough research and a few emails sent to the dental office, you will surely find some affordable offer.
Getting treatment through dental schools
Search for the available dental schools in your area, and make enquiries about their current discounted dental care programs. At dental schools, the students who are closely supervised by licensed dentists offer a wide range of treatments from cavity fillings and up to dental implants on a fraction of the normal cost. There are certain eligibility criteria that must be met, the waiting lists are generally long, plus you should arm yourself with plenty of patience because treatment time will take longer than usual.
The affordable dental plans
Online, you can comparison shop among dozens of different dental discount plans offered by different providers. With such a plan, you can enjoy discounts between 10% ad up to 60% on a huge variety of dental treatments, not only basic/preventive treatments.
Take your time to research carefully, subscribe for a membership and show the card when you go to the dentist. The discount will apply automatically. One of the drawbacks of such a discount dental plan is that you have to visit a dentist from the network of the provider.
Dental research studies
In case you need expensive dental treatments, it is definitely worth to check out if there are any dental practices in the nearby that offer such dental research program. You will receive the needed treatment on a fraction of the cost, or even for free if you participate in the study. Another very good resource for checking for these dental research studies is the website of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.