Post # 1
He needs them desperatley. I feel really bad for him. He’s a vet, but apparently does not quailify based on his service (he’s not a P.O.W, he wasn’t wounded or disabled, etc). He is on regular disability due to neck surgery he had some years back that left him with a limp, unable to turn his head.
My wedding is coming up in July and I told him that I don’t care that he doesn’t have any teeth when he mentioned to me that he’s working on trying to get some for himself. I even joked that most of my aunts don’t have any teeth and so he would be in good company. =) but I think he’s still embarrassed. He really needs his remaining teeth pulled and a good set of dentures. But I really don’t know where to begin to help him. He doesn’t have transportation, or an income besides his disability and social security.
We live in Seattle.
Post # 3
In Houston, we have a card for low income people that can be used for discounts. I tried to look up something similar in Seattle, and I’m not sure if this comes close http://www.seattle.gov/humanservices/seniorsdisabled/mosc/goldcard.htm
Another option is looking into dental students. A lot of times, the students who are finishing up will do work because they need the practice. It’s all under supervision.
Hope you find something for him <3
Post # 4
This is from Canada- I’m not sure where you are.
When I worked at a methadone clinic, we had lots of patients who desperately needed dentures, and this was what we discovered:
Certain universties/colleges have dentistry programs. Call them and inqiure about patients for the students. They are students in their final year, and they always require practice patients. The cost is SUPER minimal. Because they’re not fully licensed yet, they’re obviously under the watch of dentists and incredibly supervised.
Post # 5
Has hevlooked into Delta dental? They are super cheap. About $100/yr. They paid half the cost of my mouthful of crowns and bridges.
I don’t know what denture work they cover but it may be worth checking into. Btw, did you know there are permanent dentures now?
Post # 6
Here’s a calculator you can use to find the average cost in your area. Click on your city and the requested procedure. Looks like the cost for a complete set in Seattle will range from $3-4,000. plus exam,xrays and extractions.
He needs to be examined by a dentist first, to even determine if this is really what he needs.
Dentals schools are an option, but be aware they don’t accept everyone, they work on a sliding scale for payment, all visits require many hours in the chair/clinic as well as multiple visits. If he has a hard time getting around, all those factors must be taken into account. The costs are usually not really a great savings, considering how much time you take to be there for all necessary appointments. It is also near the end of the school year, so it may not even be possible for him to be seen at this time.
You can also look into donated dental programs, which you can find by going to your State’s Dept. of Dentistry website and making some calls. Does he qualify for Medicaid or is he on it? If he does, he can get his dental work done through a dentist who is accepting Medicaid patients, at no cost.