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QUESTION: I live in Berkeley California and i am disabled, i have exausted just about every where i could find dental work at no cost. and can not find any. My teeth are broken at the gum line and have cavities as well, i have been told by 3 different dentist that i need oral surgery to remove 12 teeth and have a upper denture and lower partial denture, pleaseif there is any one out there that can help i can not afford any type of payments, i live off 1200.
00 a month and don't get any help with food stamps. so with that and having to pay my own medical along with rent for my apartment its lucky i even eat. so please again i need dental work of the nature stated above at no cost. Thank you

ANSWER: Hello Richard,

I am sorry you are having such a hard time with your teeth, and also trying to find a way to pay for the dental work.

Have you tried a dental clinic at a school near where you live?  Sometimes they have students, who under the supervision of experienced teachers are willing to do the work, at a reduced cost.

Another idea, is to talk to the "benefits person" at the dental office of your choice.  Many offices have a dedicated person, who's job it is to navigate the cumbersome process of insurance, or set up finance plans.

If it were me, and I was in your position, I think I would try a get a flat rate for the entire job, and then work out a financing arrangement with the office.  Perhaps they can spread out payments over 36 to 48 months??

I am not sure if your disability is preventing you from returning to the work place.  If that is the case, and you are unable to work, try contacting a government health department in your area.  Maybe there is a social worker, who's job it is to help those, who can not afford to pay.

Your dental problem sounds serious, and I would like for you to press the issue and get something done about it.

Best Regards,
Patient POV

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QUESTION: Thank you for your quick response, However i have tried all the methods you have mentioned and i am still hitting a brick wall.  I did hear that Medical
was supposed to be giving coverage for seniors with disabilities but that
has fallen to the way side so i am back to point one.  I am so nervous because i have other medical issues that may start to make this even more serious, But thank you for trying if you hear any thing knew could you please email me.

Thanks again

Hi Richard,

I have not heard anything new regarding how to pay for your dental work.

My suggestion is to re-read my above commentary, and just keep trying to find a way to finance the work.  Maybe they could just do half of the job this year?  See if they can prioritize the work and do it in small pieces.

Best Regards,
Patient Point of View


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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.


About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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