Free Dental Clinics Near Me

A free clinic is a affordable dental care facility offering dental work services to economically disadvantaged individuals for free or at a nominal cost.

Free dental care is provided free of cost to limited income family who does not have dental insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare.

How much is dental insurance a month?

On average, Americans pay about $360 a year, or between $15 and $50 a month, for dental insurance. Costs will vary depending on your state. Most plans come with a maximum annual benefit or coverage limit.

Services provided by free dental clinics includes:

  • Dental Exams
  • Teeth Cleaning
  • X-Rays
  • Baby shots
  • Gum Surgery
  • Cavity Treatments
  • Braces
  • Bridges and Implants
  • Crowns and Caps
  • Extractions
  • Dentures
  • Fillings and Repairs

There are a variety community dental resources for dental care, including local community dental centers, medical insurance programs, dental health schools, clinical trials and state and local resources.

Local Health Departments

The Department of Primary Health Services supports federally funded community dental centers across the country. This clinics provide free dental dental care or low-cost oral health care services.

Free Dental care Programs

HRSA programs provide dental health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.

Dental services are provided to pregnant women, mothers and their families, and those otherwise unable to access high quality health care.

HRSA also supports access to dental health care in rural areas.

Clinics for:

  • Primary Care/Health Centers
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Dental Care or Dentures

Medicare: Affordable Dental Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers three important federally-funded programs: Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Medicare : Affordable Dental Care

Medicare is a national health insurance program for senior U.S. Citizen who are 65 years and older or for people with specific disabilities. Basic Medicare comes in two parts: A and B.

Medicare dental coverage is limited; it does not cover most routine dental care or dentures.

Medicaid and CHIP : Free Dental Clinic

Medicaid:

  • Medicaid is a state-run program that provides medical benefits, and in some cases dental benefits, to eligible individuals and families.
  • States set their own guidelines regarding who is eligible and what services are covered.
  • Most states provide limited emergency dental services for people age 21 or over, while some offer comprehensive services.
  • For most individuals under the age of 21, dental services are provided under Medicaid.
  • The Kaiser Family Foundation web site lists dental services Medicaid covers in each state.

CHIP

  • CHIP helps children up to age 19 who are without health insurance.
  • CHIP provides medical coverage and, in most cases, dental services to children who qualify.
  • Dental services covered under this program vary from state to state

All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE):

  • PACE is a home and community based program for older adults.
  • To become eligible for a PACE program, a person must be nursing home eligible.

CMS (1-800-MEDICARE) can provide detailed information about each of these programs and refer you to state programs where applicable.

Donated Dental Services

The Donated Dental Services (DDS) program provides free dental treatment to elderly people with disabilities.

The program operates through a volunteer network of 15,000 dentists and 3,500 dental labs across the United States.

Volunteer dentist do not provide emergency services.

Eligibility:

  • Have a permanent disability or
  • Are elderly: age 65 or older, or
  • Qualify as medically fragile

Dental Schools

American Dental Association : Dental School

Dental School:

  • Dental schools can be a good source of quality, low-cost dental treatment.
  • Most of these teaching facilities have clinics that allow dental students to gain experience treating patients while providing care at a reduced cost.
  • Experienced, licensed dentists closely supervise the students.
  • Post-graduate and faculty clinics are also available at most schools.

Dental Hygiene Schools

  • American Dental Hygienists Association may also offer supervised, low-cost preventive dental care as part of the training experience for dental hygienists

Clinical Trials

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

NIDCR - Trials:

  • The NIDCR seeks volunteers with specific dental, oral conditions to participate in clinical trials.
  • Researchers may provide study participants with limited free or low-cost dental treatment for the particular condition they are studying.
  • To qualify for any clinical trials you can call the Clinical Center's Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office at 1-800-411-1222.

Assistance Fund - Financial Assistance
Assistance Fund - Financial Assistance

Free Prescription Discount Card

  • No registration required.
  • Everyone is eligible.
  • Get discount up to 80%.
  • Card can be used for person with Insurance or without insurance for discount.
  • Never expires.
  • Ready for immediate.
  • No activation required.

State and Local Resources

Your state or local health department may know of programs in your area that offer free or reduced-cost dental care.

FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions)

Are free dental clinics really free?

There are 1,000 free dental clinics that do not charge anything. However, most affordable dental care operate using a sliding scale for payment so you may pay a small fee for care depending on your income.

Are free dental clinics really free?

There are 1,000 free dental clinics that do not charge anything. However, most affordable dental care operate using a sliding scale for payment so you may pay a small fee for care depending on your income.

Who qualifies for free dental services?

Eligibility criteria for each free or low cost dental clinics varies. You are probably eligible for oral dental health if you are uninsured and fall into low income family guideline by federal government.

Do I need an appointment to be seen at the dental office for oral health care?

Yes, Most free dental office only see patients with appointments for dental work.

I am an undocumented person. Will the free dental care clinic see me?

Depends on dental office, Some community dental center require you to be a legal resident but most of them don't. They just need your residency proof.

How does the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) insurance program affect dental benefits?

Even after obama care health insurance program there are 29 millions people in the US without dental insurance. If you don't have any insurance then it does not affect free clinics.

Is the Clinic staffed with licensed health professionals?

Yes, all of medical staff is licensed with the State to provide dental services and are covered under the one or other federal insurance.