How to Find Low Cost Or Free Dental Care

Dental care of any kind is costly and can cause serious financial pain to people and families who are not prepared to deal with it. If you are uninsured, you might end up having to pay thousands of dollars for the dental care you need. Fortunately, several low-cost and free methods of obtaining dental care exist in the United States.

  1. Dental Insurance

    • The best way to ensure that you're covered for whatever procedure you need to have done is to get insurance. Many companies provide dental insurance to their employees, and in many cases, the families of employees. Ask about dental plans when applying to a new job. Ensure that the procedure you need is covered by the dental plan. Even if the procedure is not covered, it might only cost a small additional fee if you are properly insured.

    Free Clinics

    • In communities across the United States, free dental clinics provide dental care to those in need. If you don't have the money to pay for dental care, and need to be treated immediately, this may be the best option. Websites such as can help you find a listing of free clinics near you by inputting your postal code. However, many of these clinics are overburdened, so expect to wait for a few hours before receiving treatment.

    Dental Schools

    • Dental schools are full of students who need to perform dental procedures on patients before they can graduate. These students have received proper training and are capable of performing most dental procedures. Visit the American Dental Association website for a list of schools and universities near you that offer dental care. Contact the school to book an appointment and ensure that they can perform the procedure you need.


    • Medicaid is the largest funding body that provides dental coverage to individuals and families who need dental care. Each state has control over its Medicaid packages, meaning that qualifications and amounts differ greatly from state to state, and are awarded according to a number of factors, including family size, income and disability. However, Medicaid offices should be able to tell you whether you meet qualifications. Even if you don't qualify for Medicaid funding packages, they might be able to point you in the direction of funding you do qualify for.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the tips in this article to find low cost or free dental care.
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