Post # 1
I need some advice from real people.
My mother has terrible oral health (only 5 teeth left on her top arch). She is low-income so does not have dental coverage. Ive tried to get her looked at in the past, but she refused (cost, time, doctors scare her…).
The other day she contacted me (I live far away) saying she lost her front tooth. She is VERY embarassed since she has so few teeth left. And, as I have an upcoming wedding, she knows she will be in part of that spotlight as mother-of-the-bride. She is very upset as well, knowing she dropped the ball and feeling very alone (no father in the picture). So, being the daughter I am, I am trying to figure things out with her. She deserves the help (she has helped me a lot in the past, sacraficed a lot so I could get to where I am today).
I made some phone calls and it seems we have 2 options:
1.) Dental schools: My mother lives in MA and would have access to wonderful care in Boston. Problem being: she has no way to Boston…dental schools take A LOT of time (since the student is learning along side a professional)…and even though it would be about 50% of what a private practice would cost…its still a lot. Even with my help, we would still be 1000$ over our heads.
2.) Community Health Centers: My mother does not qualify for free insurance (guess she is not poor ENOUGH) but gets reduced insurance through the state. This would qualify her for dental work at a community health center for only 20% of what it would normally cost. So…1700$ dentures would now be 340$ out of pocket. With prices like that, I could easily help. I just worry the dental work she will recieve would be less than prime. Poorly done dentures can be worse then no teeth at all in some cases.
The question becomes: struggle to come up with the money for good care…or get okay care for affordable prices? Any advice or experiences would be very helpful. As a Bee who has a.)been through a lot medical-wise b.)lived in poverty for a time but now has a good paying job and c.)is trying very hard to pay for her own wedding all by herself this coming April…Im not sure which choice is best?
Post # 3
I would go with the second option. Accessible, decent care for a low cost. We’ve had to use the county health clinic lately for some shots that Fiance needs for school, and they’ve been great. The facilities aren’t new or super nice, but we can get what we need and everyone we/he dealt with was really nice and helpful.
Post # 4
I’m guessing the dental school is Tufts?
I would do option 1 if she’s getting dentures. Like you said, dentures done wrong can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. for an extra $600 more I would do the first option if you can afford it.
Post # 5
@Bostongrl25: you guessed correctly! haha, they seemed wonderful on the phone and really helped me map out the visits and prices.
Thanks for the advice so far everyone 🙂
Post # 6
I’d check out the second option thoroughly, but that would probably work just fine. Oftentimes community health centers don’t have all the bells and whistles or look pretty, but the care is just fine.
Your poor mom! You are a wonderful daughter for helping her.
Post # 7
I got dental insurance for like $13 dollars a month through a private insururer. It gives a heavy discount on implants dentures, ect. Its not perfect, but its not bad for $13 bucks. You could probably get a more expensive plan that would cover more too. It might be affordable to get your mom the care she needs from a more reputable professional. (I can use whoever I want.) Have you considered looking into private insurance?
I know there might be a wait time, but it might be the best option.
Post # 8
@lawyerchick13: I looked into dental insurance for her, but it didnt seem worth it. The average cost for dentures at a private office in MA is just under $4000 (I did the research). That doesnt include the visits before either. Most dental insurance are about 55$ a month…and will only cover 50% of the cost and only up to 1000-1500$. So id still pay out of pocket about $1500. :/ Thanks for the suggestion though!
I dont think all community health centers are bad, you can do very well in clinics and what not. I just want to make sure the dentures/service she gets there wont be low grade. Its not worth us spending time and money on something we may have to fix in a year or two.
Has anyone had any dental work done at a place like I am describing?