I dread going to the dentist office. The cleaning and exam are covered, but afterwards when the dentist tells you that you need another crown or root canal, that can run nearly $1000.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the magic skills of David Copperfield, and can’t pull $1000 out of my hat. It’s even more frustrating when you don’t have dental insurance but still have a mouth full of problems.
Here are five ways to receive dental care without insurance:
Make calls to local dental clinics in your area. You want to find out how much it costs for preventative treatment such as cleaning and x-rays. While you have them on the phone, ask if any financial packages are offered and if payment arrangements can be made for more extensive services. Dental clinics like cash-paying customers so ask if there is a special discount included.
Call a Local Dental School
Dental students need people to practice their skills on, and that can mean you pay a lot less. These students are supervised so you don’t have to worry about anything going wrong. You can find dental schools in your area by checking the website of the Commission of Dental Accreditation.
Enroll in a Discount Plan
Discount plans are not as good as dental insurance, but are better than paying full price. You pay a subscription fee, and receive discounts from 10 to 60 percent throughout the year. Selection of dentists can be limited, so make sure your dentist participates in the plan.
New Patient Discounts
As a new patient, you can save money on cleaning and x-rays. Some dentists will also give you a discount on treatment such as $100 off if you spend $500. Social media is so popular, that some dentists will give you a discount if you follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
Sign up for a Clinical Trial
Universities may be conducting clinical trials and need volunteers for their research. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is another place where clinical trials may be taking place. In exchange for your participation, you receive free or discounted dental care.