Whether you have great dental insurance, or can't remember the last time you saw a dentist, there are many dental services available in Ohio that offer cleanings, fillings, extractions, and implants. For the uninsured, a variety of free clinics can be found in large cities like Cleveland and Cincinnati, smaller cities like Dayton or Akron, and rural towns across the Buckeye state. Knowing how to access free clinics or pro bono services, can help you get the dental care you need.
Check with your dental insurer, if you have one, to see if dental implants are included in your complete coverage. Then find a dentist's office in your area that accepts your dental insurance.
Ask your dentist about pro bono services for cases of financial hardship. Be prepared to provide documentation, like proof of income, caseworker contact information, or letters of reference from clergy or employers. Sometimes, private practices will extend pro bono services on a case-by-case basis.
Find a free dental clinic in your area and ask if their services include dental implants. Free dental clinics are available across Ohio, but occasionally they have a waiting list, so inquire as early as possible. Other clinics provide emergency dental services only. The Ohio Dental Association links patients with financial hardships with reduced-fee or free dental services.
Research dentists who offer pro bono dental work days, like Afinia Dental's Pro Bono Day in West Chester, Ohio. Some dentist's offices will feature annual, or semi-annual events, to provide dental care for low-income residents.
Remember to thank free clinics, or dentists who offer pro bono services.
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- American Medical Loans. "Dental Loans & Finance," Accessed Oct. 10, 2019.
Since 2005, Elly Turner's articles, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared regularly online and in print publications such as "Risen" and "Good News" magazines. She also has an essay in "The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes" from the University Press of Kentucky. She holds a Master of Arts in theological studies from Asbury Theological Seminary.