Missing a tooth or series of teeth can lead to serious health problems if not addressed. While dental insurance is getting better, it often does not cover dental implants.
With costs ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for one implant, and anywhere from $25,000 and up for a full set or whole mouth-full of dental implants, it’s no wonder people are trying to learn how to get free dental implants. We’ll cover 6 ways to do so below.
The Dental Lifeline Network
The Dental Lifeline Network is a non-profit that provides free dental treatments for the elderly or people with disabilities that can’t otherwise afford them. The program has a volunteer network of over 15,000 dentists and over 3,500 locations nationally.
While it varies per state, individuals typically qualify if they’re over 65, have serious medical conditions or are permanently disabled. Find your local state network to learn more.
PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly)
PACE is a Medicare/Medicaid program to help people meet their necessary health care needs – including their dental health. To qualify, you must be over the age of 55, qualify for home care nursing and a legal resident in the area where the service is being offered.
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) or Community Health Centers (CHCs)
These federally funded centers are located in regions considered medically underserved and sometimes offer dental related services.
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFCC)
Another great non-profit organization that seeks to make healthcare available to those who are medically underserved, believing healthcare is a right and not a privilege. Their services include dental care in some locations.
What If I Don’t Qualify For The Programs Above?
If you don’t qualify for the programs above, reach out to local dental schools to learn about free dental work options that might be available to you.
Depending on the school, you might be able to find free or low cost dental work.
The catch? Dental students will be learning the trade while performing your procedures.
Dental implants are like any other medical related procedure, new implants and treatments must undergo clinical trials and be approved by the FDA.
Consider reaching out to implant brands or dental research associations to learn how you might be able to take part in a medically supervised trial.