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Q: My nephew (21) has very crooked, overcrowded teeth that are now rotting. Nobody will finance the estimated $18,000 to fix his dental problems. He?s always hiding his teeth now. What can he do to get help?
If your nephew is disabled, he may qualify for his state’s Donated Dental Services program. In some states, overt disability may not be required to qualify, so it may be worthwhile to contact your local chapter to inquire. You can find information for your state DDS program here.
If your nephew falls below the poverty level, he should consider applying for Medicaid. Admittedly, some state Medicaid dental programs have been largely gutted and provide only the most basic care, but they should be able to assess and treat any infection, which is a priority. Check out this link.
Dental service is available at dental school clinics at fees that are substantially below those at private practices.
If your nephew has even a moderately acceptable credit rating, he may apply for a deferred third party installment payment plan, such as CareCredit.
You may also contact your local component of the American Dental Association for more community-based guidance for sources of dental care.
– Answer from Mark Bornfeld, DDS, dentist and expert and JustAnswer.
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