Options for Affordable Family Dental Care
Ideas for affordable family dental care and discounted dental plans
We're sure you're aware that some people are struggling financially after losing their jobs or taking pay cuts due to the downturn in the economy.
For these people, paying for dental care is a hardship, if not outright impossible. You might even be in that uncomfortable position yourself.
Take heart if you need to find dental care that's inexpensive, because you have several options you can look into.
One of the ideas below might be just the ticket you need to receive affordable dental treatment.
And if things work out perfectly, your dental care might even be free.
Dental School Participation in Community Service Events
When you need dental care but you have a tight budget, some research might be required. One option to investigate is the possibility of obtaining affordable family dental care at a community service program or event held in your area.
You've probably heard about events where medical professionals check your blood pressure and offer free or reduced-price diabetes or cholesterol screenings to members of the public. You might not realize it, but some dental schools participate in similar community events and provide affordable family dental care to those who attend these events.
You should be able to learn whether any community dental events are scheduled in your area fairly easily by phoning your dental clinic manager. You could also call the nearest dental school to learn whether it participates in any such program, and if so, where and when the next community event is scheduled.
Our web site provides a list of upcoming dental school events and also features a handy tool to help you find the nearest dental school. In addition, your local newspaper will probably publish an announcement about any upcoming community dental event. You might have to drive a few miles to find one of these programs, but that drive can be well worth your time and trouble.
Community service programs offering free or affordable family dental care are almost always open to the general public. The services that are available at these events will vary from place to place, but they often include free or discounted examinations and/or oral cancer screenings.
Some community programs also give away coupons that enable patients at these events to receive a variety of free dental procedures, including comprehensive examinations, dental x-rays, mouth guards, and sometimes even free dentures and denture sealants.
As you can see, attending one of these community events is an attractive option when you need to obtain affordable family dental care.
NIDCR Clinical Trials
NIDCR (the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research) is one of the National Institutes of Health and is another great resource for people who need affordable family dental care.
From time to time, research studies funded by NIDCR are looking for volunteers with specific dental or craniofacial conditions to participate in clinical trials. These federally funded programs often permit study participants to receive inexpensive dental care for the specific condition the researchers are studying.
Whether you will be eligible to participate in one of these clinical trials depends in part on whether you have one of the specific dental or craniofacial conditions that are scheduled for research. If you'd like to look into this option for affordable dental care, visit the NIDCR web site and click on the link labeled "NIDCR Studies Seeking Patients."
Current research studies listed on the NIDCR web site pertain to wisdom tooth extractions, periodontal disease, facial pain and dental plaque, among others. The list is updated as needed, so check back from time to time if you don't see an appropriate study right away.
You can also obtain a complete list of all federally funded clinical trials by visiting the government's Clinical Trials web site.
Participation in research studies can save you a great deal of money if you qualify. You may be able to obtain advanced affordable family dental care that uses sophisticated, cutting-edge techniques for a significantly reduced price. In some cases your treatment might be totally free.
NIDCR clinical trials and other research studies improve the quality of dental care for everyone. However, you might be helped directly if your specific dental condition enables you to use dental research to obtain free or discounted treatment. Considering how expensive dental treatment can be, clinical trials are certainly an option worth investigating.
Hopefully, one of these options will allow you to obtain the affordable family dental care you need.
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