Picture this: You’re 67-years-old and it’s time to get dentures.
Or, you still have a few natural teeth left and now one of them is aching like crazy and probably needs a root canal.
That’s not good when you’re a senior and you have a $1,200 root canal on a fixed income.
Appreciating that Medicare does not cover routine dental care or most restorative dental procedures such as fillings, tooth extractions or dentures, here is how to take a bite out of dental costs.
5 tips to drill into dental costs:
- Dental Discussion: Is there a way I can save? Your dentist might be open to offering a discount for word-of-mouth referrals, if you’re paying with cash, or he/she may have a savings plan available.
- Medicaid: If you qualify for Medicaid, it can help you in a dental emergency at our My Dentist office as it covers an emergency exam, X-rays and a tooth extraction if needed.
- Dental Discount Plans: These plans are an alternative to dental insurance and activate within 3 business days, have no annual limits and can save you 25% on dentures and dental implants. You can find a plan an individual or family plan at the site DentalPlans.com.
- Dental School: Dental care at a local university can be a 1/3 of the cost versus treatment at a practice, but, it can also take twice as much time. The work comes from students under the supervision of dentists, like those you can find at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry.
- Donated Dentistry: Not long after the New Year, Oklahoma Mission of Mercy will be hosting a free dental care clinic event for all ages. The event will be in Lawton on February 1 and 2.