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6 Tips For Finding Affordable Dental Care Without Insurance

Dental care can be very expensive. If you need to have extensive dental work done, but don’t have dental insurance, which about half of all Americans don’t, you’re likely in for a hefty bill. While dental care won’t ever be really cheap, there are a few tricks you can use that could help you shave a bit of money off your dental bill. Let’s have a look at some money saving tips for dental care.

Get a Second Opinion

If your dentist tells you that you need extensive dental work done, you might want to see a different dentist for a second opinion. Sometimes dentists will push for expensive treatments that aren’t really crucial or for which there are cheaper alternative treatments available.

Try to Find a Low-Cost Dentist

Some dentists offer dental services on a sliding scale, which means that they charge according to your income. Try to find out if there are any such dental providers in your area through your state’s dental association. If you can’t afford a dentist who operates on a sliding scale either, you can try to find a free medical clinic, though eligibility to get treated there is usually reserved for very low-income patients only.

Participate in Clinical Trials

Oral health conditions and new treatments are continually researched by universities and other organizations. In order to test new treatment methods, clinical trials are often done to test new treatment drugs and procedures. You can sign up to be a participant in a study on a treatment for the dental problem you suffer from and that way receive free dental care. Of course, since these treatments are still being tested, there is no guarantee that your condition will be completely cured.

Consider Dental Tourism

Dental services are often much cheaper in lower income countries. Therefore, if you need to have extensive dental work done that is very expensive in the U.S. you could consider traveling abroad to have it done. Make sure that you add up all the costs (flights, hotel, etc.) involved to see if it’s really worthwhile. You also want to do extensive research on the dental clinic abroad that you are considering to make sure that their standard of care is up to par. There are specialized services that offer packages to have certain dental procedures done abroad. You may want to get in contact with one of these services and ask whether you could get in touch with one of their former clients.

Get Treated By a Dental Student

In order to gain the necessary experience to be able to get their degree dental students need to practice their dental care skills on real patients. Having your teeth treated by a dental student will usually be a lot cheaper and still be done under supervision of a dentist.

Try Negotiating

Dentistry is a very competitive market. If you need extensive work done but are uninsured, you might be able to negotiate a better rate with your dentist. They might sympathize with your situation or be willing to charge slightly lower fees to avoid losing a client. At least call around to different dentists to compare prices.

Guest Author

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at The Lakeway Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, an Austin dental office. Zane thinks that it’s hard to find low-cost dentists, somethimes.

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