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

Natalie Asmussen
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Natalie Asmussen
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Are you wondering how to get free dentures with a low income?

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

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

Key Takeaways
  • Price: Without dental insurance, dentures can cost from $300 to $8000 (the higher range is for implant-retained dentures).
  • Finding low-cost dentures: You can look for low-cost dentures at dental schools, low-cost clinics and community health centers. You can also get dental insurance or a savings plan to help cut costs.
  • Dental insurance: Some dental insurance plans can cover up to 50% of the costs of your dentures, and have high maximums, keeping your out-of-pocket costs to a minimum. To find plans that cover dentures you can go to dentalinsurance.com.

Where to get affordable dentures

It's not easy, but some resources may help you find free partials and dentures at a discount.

Let's have a look at some of the main places where you might be able to find affordable dentures and dental services, including low-cost or free dental implants.

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Local health departments

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A local health department can point you in the right direction

If you are looking for financial assistance with dentures (partial or full), check the website of your local health department as well as the Health and Human Services (HHS.gov) website for federally funded and private entities that provide discounted or free dental healthcare near you.

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. Dental services are typically not provided for free, but these organizations may host mission services throughout the year to cover some dental treatments.

Denture services are typically a multi-appointment treatment with a laboratory component to produce the prosthesis.

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. Read our guide to free dental care here.

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 dental clinic for free or cheap dentures. These are provided by the state and are open to the public, and often provide services such as replacement teeth.

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.

Dental financing for dentures

The following table shows various dental financing options for dentures. While none of these options are totally free, you may find that they can help quite a bit. We then dive a bit deeper into your dental insurance options, since this can be a complicated subject.

4 Ways to finance your dental care

Dental insurance

Pay a monthly premium in exchange for more affordable care.

Dental loans

Fund your dental work now and make affordable monthly repayments.

Dental tourism

Pay less for quality treatment abroad.

Dental discount plans

Save money on treatment costs in exchange for a yearly membership fee.

A bit more about 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. However, 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 requirements 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.

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You can find affordable dentures

To find out if you're eligible and how to get enrolled you can check out our full Medicaid dental guide, or find a Healthcare Navigator now who can help you navigate your way through the labyrinth that is the US healthcare system.

If you're not eligible for dental care through Medicaid, then you may want to consider enrolling in your own dental insurance plan. There is a wide range of plans available, some of which may fit into your budget while offering the coverage you need.

You can browse the best plans for you in your area by going to Dentalinsurance.com. Once you're there, all you have to do is enter your zip code and date of birth and you'll get to compare plans and enroll directly if you find one that works for you.

Annual changes to health coverage are common for Medicaid and Medicare, so patients are always advised to check annually on new states providing coverage or changes to requirements for those that do.

If you find you need some guidance, you can call them at 888-626-0057 and speak with one of their helpful licensed agents.

 It is important to note that discounted or Medicaid-covered dentures do not typically include implant overlay dentures.

Free dentures for low-income adults

In some cases, you may not be eligible for dentistry paid for by the state. If that's the case, then you may be wondering how to get free dentures.

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.

Affordable 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 due to 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 to find out 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 dental work, 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

Free dental services through public assistance programs or charitable entities such as United Way and others may also be an option for seniors with medical conditions that necessitate assisted living housing or for whom their physicians see a medical need for dentures.

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 people with disabilities

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.

Whether you're a veteran wondering how to get free dentures, or you need free dentures for low-income adults, 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 dentures or dental work 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 866-383-0748 and be connected with a dentist to speak about your options for low-cost dentures.

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

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, although it's highly unlikely. 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?

There are a number of institutions that aim to provide low-cost dental work, sometimes even including dentures. You can find low-cost dentures and dental care by checking out the following.

  • Dental schools
  • Local health department
  • Charity organizations

You should also find out whether you are eligible for Medicaid, because if you are, there's a very small chance that your state might cover dentures and other dental work as well.

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Seniors can find options too

How much does it cost to get dentures without insurance?

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

Can seniors get free dentures?

Some seniors may be eligible for free or low-cost dentures through a variety of government programs aimed at seniors or low-income individuals. These programs include PACE or 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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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.