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What options are available in Chicago for low-cost dental care?

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Patients find low-cost dental care in Chicago, Illinois from clinics available at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, CommunityHealth, St. Basil’s Free People’s Dental Clinic and Lawn Dental Center, as of 2015. Costs of programs and services available differ by location.

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The University of Illinois has dental, orthodontic and oral care services, including oral surgery, testing and denture care. Dental care offerings depend on the needs of the college, with students performing much of the work on patients in the training clinics. CommunityHealth provides basic dental services for those without insurance and helps patients sign up for low-income dental insurance plans, as are provided by Medicaid. St. Basil’s Free People’s Dental Clinic does not accept government insurance programs, and it does not charge patients without insurance. Lawn Dental Care is a private dental center that uses flexible payment and treatment options for more affordable services.

The Chicago Department of Public Health operates dental clinics for those with an income of less than 185 percent of the federal poverty line. Non-profit organizations that focus on children, such as Aunt Martha’s Youth Center, provide dental care on a sliding scale relative to income. Non-profit dental centers in Chicago only accept a limited number of new patients each year.

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