How can I get financial assistance for dental work?

9 answers | Last updated: Oct 04, 2016
Boyerslw asked...

I need help finding financial assistance for dental work. I need the few teeth that i have left pulled but with that said, I can't afford the dentist, much less the false teeth. Is there any financial assistance provided for dental work for someone 79 years of age?

Expert Answers

As you've probably already learned, Medicare does not cover dental care. But if you have low income and few savings or other assets (not counting your house), you might qualify for Medicaid. And in some states, Medicaid covers dental care as well as medical care.

To find out whether Medicaid in your state covers dental care, and how to apply for Medicaid coverage, contact a local Medicaid office. To find a local Medicaid office near you, phone the Eldercare Locator toll-free at 800-677-1116, or online you can go to any search engine and type in "Medicaid" and the name of your state.

If you don't qualify for Medicaid, or if your state's Medicaid program doesn't cover dental care, you might contact your state or county dental association or dental society. You can find them listed in the business section of your telephone directory, or you can go to an online search engine and enter "dental association" and the name of your state or county. These associations of dentists often have referral services, and they may be able to refer you to a program that provides low-cost dentistry to people with low incomes.

Community Answers

Marheart answered...

Dental Insurance will not cover the work I need done from the Periodontist and the Dentist.
I'm age 68, was downsized out of my job recently, and I'm my sole support.
I've written to many agencies that do not respond. Others are lost as to what I can do.
Dental schools are 40+ miles away. I've tried to Barter with Dentists in exchange for doing office work.
So far, nothing has worked to help me get the work done, so that I'm not in pain and lose my teeth.
Something must be available.
Please help me.Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

A fellow caregiver answered...

Marheart: Have you ever thought about going across the Border? I have a friend who went down to Mexico from New Mexico and got her dental work done and at a reasonable price!!!! and if you can plan to go to Costa Rica even in this Country, Dental Care is less expensive!!!! how far do you live from Mexico? check the web and see if you can locate a Dentist/Doctor close to the Border.

A fellow caregiver answered...

I used a Dental discount card company called Careington 500. 866-295-3288. or You pay a one time annual fee and they'll give you a providers list, you go and whatever work you have done will be discounted up to 70% No limits like regular ins programs. I'm having to get it again this year having horrible dental problems and pain.. :-( Good luck to you, hope it helps.

Auntienana answered...

I see nothing about Dentures & where to get them at discount or free. And I need them asap. I have lost my lower dentures. I think I may have thrown them out in a napkin. Anyway, I am living in a senior apartment in Lexington. And on low income. I will be going in hospital for hip replacement so I need answers/help asap.

A fellow caregiver answered...

I got my Mother a Dental Grant! They took $500.00 off of her treatment. We put the rest on a payment program and are paying it off I hope this helps!

Jimmy crack corn answered...

No one in this country cares If you have dental help or not. The dentist are so greedy they are trying to see how fast they can get rich.

If you are disabled there is a program called donated dental services which works great but I think you have to be on disability with low low income. I am thinking the Mexico route I read the work is good and at a fraction of the cost. That or start selling my pain narcotics each month.

A fellow caregiver answered...

San Jose Costa Rica has more qualified oral surgeons and Prosthodontists than in Mexico. This is not to say you won't find a good dentist in mexico. But you will find many more in Costa Rica. I did research for about 8 months before going to Costa Rica. I had major surgery (two sinus lifts, 7 extractions, ten bone grafts and implants). I have to go back for more implants and then finally the bridges and crowns. But the work is as good or even better than in the US, and instead of dentures, I can now afford bridges which will look better and hold up longer. There are many, many quality places to stay in downtown San Jose. Personally, i stayed in an AirBnB situation. Couldn't have been more comfortable and happy with how it worked out.

May jean answered...

i really dont have a answer,but after reading about so many elderly people like myself needing dentures my situation very complex i cant wear dentures due to fact have to many bones either i get bones cut out that lot moner are i get dental implants i am own disability and thats not a lot i am just at lost where do i go and what to do