Edit Update 8/31/2012: Understand before you read this article the qualifications for a denture grant AKA “CHIP Program” are very specific to children under the age of 19 who have medical needs. There is also a domestic violence survivors teeth program/grant if you qualify. I have also provided suggested alternatives to a denture grant below. Some readers have found solutions that may reduce upfront cost by up to 75%. On a personal note my father who is 57 has lost his teeth do to a side effect of his seizure medications. I was able to get him a 80% discount through a local dental school. The trick to getting a discount from a dental school is timing. Students are not always working on real people and I was able to get the dates when they were. They were more then happy to do the work at such a discount. Continue to article…
Did you know that you can get grants for dentures? That’s right, if you need replacement teeth your need is considered to be important enough to warrant free money from a number of different sources. While you may not qualify for each of these, chances are that you will be able to find the money you need in order to get your dental needs taken care of.
Why Dentures are Important
Having a full set of working teeth can be an important part of a person’s health and self-esteem. But for those who are lacking medical insurance the costs of having extensive dental work done can be prohibitively expensive. Just think, if you need a full set of dentures you could be looking at a costs of thousands of dollars, and who has that kind of money sitting around? So, what kind of organizations are there that will provide grants for dentures?
Grants Available for Dentures
Do you qualify for Medicaid? If you do, realize that Medicaid is actually funded by grants from the Federal Government to those who qualify. When it comes to dental work, Medicaid only provides full coverage to children of low-income families who are under the age of 19. If you are over 19 Medicaid only covers certain kinds of procedures. While they may cover part of the cost of dentures, they won’t pay for the whole thing. Still, it can significantly reduce your bill, so don’t write it off!
Another kind of grant available is the kind available specifically for children. For those families that qualify, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a program funded by Federal Grant money that is given to state programs in order to care for your child’s medical needs. If your child is under the age of 19 they may qualify, and this can be an excellent deal.
Then there are the programs that are available specifically for senior citizens as well as for those individuals who are disabled. The National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (NFDH) is a group of dentists and dental laboratories who work together within to provide these services to individuals at the costs specified.
Tamra who is one of our readers and also a survivor of domestic violence. As a result of her ordeal had damage done to her teeth she was able to find a program called Give Back A Smile Program this is a program for domestic violence survivors. This program can be found under the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Website
Finally, for those individuals who do not fall in under children’s programs or senior programs, there are always dental research schools. These schools need patients that their students can practice on while they learn. This means that you can get significantly discounted rates when it comes to dental work, including dentures.
While there are not a great number of options available to individuals without dental insurance, if you do a little research you may be able to come up with a way to afford your dentures without having to pay an arm and a leg.
For even more information see our most resent post about Free Dentures