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Free Dentures for Low-Income: Medicare, Charities and Dental Schools

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You can find affordable dentures

Are you wondering how to get free dentures? Because of high costs of dental insurance and dentures themselves, you're not alone.

Thankfully it is possible to find affordable dentures and dental care in general, either through charity programs, state-funded healthcare, and dental schools to name a few.

We want to make it easier for you to find the replacement teeth you need and at an accessible cost, which is why in this article we'll take a look at how to get:

  • Free dental work for veterans
  • Free dentures for seniors
  • Free dentures for the poor

We'll also take a look at getting dentures through Medicaid and Medicare, dental insurance for dentures and the cost of dentures without insurance.

Discount dentures

Chances are that there are more ways than you know to find free partials and dentures at a discount. In fact, the United States is full of people who work at non-profits in the health care industry. And their job is to manage dental programs for those who need help financing their dental work, such as low-cost dental care for the poor, or low-cost dentures for seniors. The biggest problem is that most people aren't aware of the options they have when it comes to paying for medical and dental services, including cheap false teeth.

Well, that's all about to change. Let's have a look at some of the main places where you might be able to find low-cost dental care and affordable replacement teeth.

Local health departments

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A local health department can point you in the right direction

Did you know that the United States government provides federal funding for programs that provide dental care, including cheap dentures? Well, it's true! And it's the least they can do, considering that oral health has a huge effect on your overall health.

That's why we recommend that your first stop on the search for affordable replacement teeth be your local health department. Find the number to call in your state by visiting this site provided by the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Just click on your state and you'll see the contact information for your county's local department.

Community health centers

Whether you live in a rural or urban area, there's likely to be a community health center somewhere nearby. Community health centers are also federally funded and often offer free dental services. And if they aren't currently offering any, they will most likely be able to point you in the right direction.

Dental schools

Dental training schools are a great place to inquire about free dental work. Dental training schools are full of smart students who need to get real experience practicing their skills, so they often offer low-cost treatment. You might even be able to get free or low-cost dentures with medical work like a tooth extraction or a root canal. If the idea of getting dental work done by students gives you pause, don't worry, they are always supervised by a qualified dentist, so you know you aren't making a sacrifice when it comes to the quality of the care you receive. Find out if there's a dental school near you and if so, call or visit to request an appointment.

Local dentists

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Ask your local dentist if they offer low-cost options

This may take a bit of door-to-door knocking or phone-calling at various dental offices, but sometimes finding low-cost care is as simple as going to your local office and asking them if they offer any such services.

Many dental clinics do offer cheap dental health services or at least they might be willing to work out a payment plan for you. Some dentists even offer free restorative services like dentures every so often to give back to the community, like this dentist in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Free dental clinics

If you live in the city, chances are that you can find a free or cheap dental clinic for cheap false teeth. These are provided by the state and are open to the public, and often provide services such as dentures. The American Dental Association provides an easy way to find out where there are free clinics in your state, just go to their free clinic-finder page.

Dentures on dental insurance

  • Health insurance: If you have a full dental insurance policy, chances are that it will cover at least part of the cost for your dentures. The first thing you need to do is give your dental company a call. The number to dial is likely on the back of your dental insurance card.
  • Medicare: Dental is not covered by Medicare. But you might be able to enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan to get supplementary coverage. We'll talk more about this option in the section for seniors and folks with disabilities.
  • Medicaid: If you are eligible for federally-funded health care, then depending on what state you live in, you may get help paying for your dentures. Have a look at the table below to see if your state covers at least part of the cost for dentures.
States that cover dentures States without limitations on coverage
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Coloradp, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin Rhode Island

As you can see, many states actually cover some kind of coverage when it comes to dentures and Medicaid. The only state that offers dentures without any limits on services is Rhode Island. That means that all of the other states have some requirement like a limit on how much the program will cover, or a limit on the frequency with which you can get your dentures replaced.

If you think you might make less than the Federal Poverty Level, then you might be eligible for state-run programs, and that could save you some substantial costs. To find out if you're eligible and how to get enrolled you can check out our full Medicaid Guide, or find a Healthcare Navigator now who can help you navigate your way through the labyrinth that is the US healthcare system.

Free dentures for low-income

In some cases, you may not be eligible for dentistry paid for by the state. And if you do find low-cost, affordable options, the price might still be over your budget. If that's the case, then you may be wondering how to get dentures for free. Sometimes, certain groups of people, like veterans or seniors, can get access to free dental services including dentures, so let's have a look at some of your options.

Free dentures for veterans

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The VA offers some benefits

The VA offers comprehensive dental benefits to veterans who qualify based on certain criteria. Veterans who can receive full dental benefits, including dentures, are those who:

  • Have a service-related disability
  • Are a former POW
  • Are unemployable to due service-related conditions

Other veterans may also receive some free VA dental care benefits. Have a look at this chart to find out more.

If you are a veteran who isn't eligible for any benefits, you can sign up for medical care through the VA. Go to VA.gov or call your local center in order to find more about how to get enrolled.

Additionally, you may want to have a look at a charity, such as MouthMobile run by Aspen dental. They provide free care, including dentures, to vets who don't qualify for comprehensive benefits from the VA and for the general public as well. Watch the video below to find out more.

Free dentures for seniors

Medicare: If you're a senior over the age of 65 you are likely eligible for Medicare. Although Medicare itself doesn't cover dentures, you may be able to enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan, (Part C).

PACE: Medicare and Medicaid partner up with a program called PACE, which helps seniors access the medical services they need. Find out if you live in an area served by PACE by clicking here.

Free dentures for disabled

Some people with disabilities may qualify for state programs to pay for their dentures. If you are on SSI, you automatically are eligible for Medicaid. You may also be eligible if you fall under one of the following categories:

  • Disabled under 65
  • Working disabled
  • Disabled and medically-needy

To apply for disability and receive the benefits that are your right, you'll have to fill out a form at your local SSA office or complete the application online at ssa.gov.

The SSA system can be daunting and complicated if you try to navigate it on your own. A good place to start if you need some more help is by calling the United Way national helpline, It's easy, the number is the same no matter what state you live in: 211.

Additional resources for low-cost dentures

Whether you're a veteran wondering how to get free dentures, or you need free dentures for low-income individuals, there are a plethora of nonprofit agencies waiting for you to call them. Here is a list of places you should contact if you are still having trouble finding cheap false teeth or dentures for free.

Donated Dental Service Program: This program offers free, comprehensive dental treatment like dentures to those who are indigent, those who have a disability, or seniors. You can contact them with an inquiry here.

Give Back a Smile: This amazing program provides free restorative dental care, including dentures, to people who have damaged teeth from being victims of domestic violence. Click here to find out how to apply.

National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics: The NAFCC has a network of 1,400 clinics across the US to provide health care to the medically underserved. Find a clinic in their network near you by entering your zip code here.

Where can I find free dentures near me?

The best way to find free dentures near you is by following the advice in this article, like contacting your local health department and local community health centers. You can also call 844-207-7106 and be connected with a dentist to speak about your options.

Conclusion

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Don't hesitate to ask for help

It can be difficult to find affordable dentures, but that doesn't mean it isn't possible. There are many people out there who want to help you find the care you need, sometimes you just have to take the first step and ask.

To recap, here are some of the main options you have if you are looking for free care:

  • Call a health care navigator
  • Contact a charity
  • Contact your local health department
  • Contact the VA
  • Call the United Way

And finally, if you still need help paying for your dentures, you may want to consider taking out a dental loan. Dental loans can give you the money up front to pay for a procedure, but before taking out a loan, it's very important that you are positive that you'll be able to pay it back within the deadline.

If you want to see what your loan options are, you can use SuperMoney's loan engine. It lets you compare a wide network of personal loans including dental so you can look at rates and payment periods side by side.

We hope this helps you on your journey to replacing your missing teeth, and remember, don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

FAQs

Does Medicaid cover dentures?

This federally-funded program might cover dentures and dental depending on the state you live in. Call your state agency to find out if dentures are covered. You can find the number for Medicaid in your state by visiting this page of medicaid.gov.

Where can I find dentures under $400 near me?

You can find low-cost dentures and dental care by checking out the following options:

  • Dental schools
  • Local health department
  • Charity organizations

You should also find out if you are eligible for Medicaid, because if you are, your state might cover dentures and other dental work as well.

Free dentures for seniors
Seniors can find options too

How much does it cost to get dentures without insurance?

If you have to pay full price for a set of quality dentures, the cost for dentures without insurance could be anywhere from $300 to $8,000 for a full arch of traditional dentures.

Can seniors get free dentures?

Some seniors may be eligible for free or low-cost dentures through government programs like PACE or at dental training schools. Begin by asking around at local community centers or your local health department to see if they know of any local programs.

Free Dentures for Low-Income: Medicare, Charities and Dental Schools
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Natalie Asmussen
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Natalie used to work as a Community Health Worker and Health Insurance Navigator. She continues to follow her passion for connecting people with the healthcare they need by writing informative content about dentistry and medicine.
Sources
VA.gov: Dental Benefits for Veterans. Consulted 14th January 2020. Mayoclinic.org: Oral health: A window to your overall health. Consulted 14th January 2020. Eu.lcsun-news.com: Smile Again: For third year, oral surgeon in Las Cruces offers free smile makeover. Consulted 24th September 2020.
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