What do you do if you’re unemployed and uninsured but think you may need a dentist? I was brushing my teeth the other day and noticed a dark spot on one of my teeth. I tried brushing it off. It didn’t come off. I scraped at it and it still didn’t come off. I think it may be a cavity. I just don’t have any money or insurance. What do you recommend?
Wouldn’t it be great if anytime we were in serious need of money it would hatch out of an egg like the picture above? Unfortunately, life doesn’t work like that. But, there is a solution for what you’re going through.
What you described is very likely a cavity. You’re fortunate that you spotted it before it turned into a dental emergency. That alone could save you a great deal of expense. While you do need to see a dentist, right now you’ll probably only need a filling on that tooth. Be sure to go to a mercury-free dentist for your filling.
But, if you put off seeing a dentist and the cavity grows (which it will) you’ll likely need a dental crown or even a root canal treatment. Preventative care is definitely more affordable than the fallout from ignoring your dental health.
Ways to Get Affordable Dental Care
First, you should know there are compassionate dentists out there who would help you in the situation you’re in. Many of them have payment plans they can work out with you. In your place, I’d do an internet search for “affordable dentist“. They’re more likely to find creative ways to help you get the care you need. They’ll also have lower prices than many of their peers in the same area.
Be sure to check their reviews, though. You want to make sure they’re affordable for legitimate reasons. You don’t want a dentist who has low prices simply because their service and skill is so bad they can’t retain patients.
You also don’t want a dentist who’s affordable because they cut corners on care. A crown that lasts ten years and costs $100 more is much more affordable than a crown you have to replace every three to five years because of substandard parts.
Reviews can help you get that kind of information from those who’ve already been to their practice.
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