How do you find a dentist if you have no insurance?


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Options for finding dental care without dental insurance include participating in medical studies or charity events, finding low-cost dental clinics and visiting a dental school. In the event of dental emergencies, some dentists may be willing to offer payment plans.

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How do you find a dentist if you have no insurance?
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Dental schools typically have clinics where dental students treat patients for significantly reduced rates. Because all the students are supervised by licensed dentists, the quality of care is good. In addition, dental schools often run clinical trials of new treatment methods or drugs. It is sometimes possible to receive free dental care in exchange for participating in these studies. Lists of dental schools are available at the website of the American Dental Association.

Dental non-profit organizations often organize charity events in which free dental services are offered to a community. The Dental Group Practice Association holds such events regularly in the communities where its members are located, with some such events occurring at mobile dental clinics. In addition, some dentists provide services on a sliding scale to the uninsured. Free medical clinics run by the government also exist, although many serve only low-income patients.

Some dentists offer payment plans in which patients pay an annual fee covering teeth cleanings and X-rays, with discounts for other services. In addition, many dentists are willing to set up a one-time payment plan to help patients with dental emergencies.

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