Free Dental Care Resources – Part 1 (Clinical Trials)

Given that over 100 million Americans lack dental insurance, it’s not a surprise that tens of thousands of consumers seek to find free and low cost options for dental care every month.  There are three sources of free dental care that you may not be aware of, so in these next 3 blog posts I will share information on how you can access them.

The first is through clinical trials.  Clinical trials are medical procedures that are conducted in conjunction with the testing and development of medical devices, drug, and procedures.  These trials are relatively safe as they are typically required to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – although the FDA does have some questionable and outdated standards and practices.

Generally a patient needs to be healthy to qualify, but it doesn’t cost any money to check into a clinical trial program.  I had a friend who had all of his wisdom teeth extracted for free as a part of a study conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Bethesda, MD so I have seen it work for people first hand.

Here are two websites where you can search for clinical trials to see what types of dental trials and being conducted in your area.  If you find one that looks like it will suit you, contact them for more information. – This is a service of The National Institutes of Health listing all clinical trials nationwide. Simply select “Search For Clinical Trials” then enter the terms related to what you are seeking such as “dental, root canal, etc)

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research – This is also a part of The National Institutes of Health with a focus on dental issues.

I hope you found this helpful.  Stay tuned for Part 2 of Free Dental Care Resources – Free Clinics.

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August 26, 2009
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  2. charlene bardwell said on March 29, 2010 8:21 pm:

    im lookin for low cost dental are i been lookin for help i cant fund any i will kill my self if i have to go any longer lookin like this i only have 500 and they wont 1200 and i dont what do im feeling down i cant get a job because my teeth

  3. fdguide said on April 1, 2010 8:39 am:

    Charlene, I encourage you to check all of the free options mentioned on our site first. Dental schools are known for offering great help to those with limited fund. I have not personally experienced this, but I have a close friend who has saved thousands on his families dental care by using dental schools. Also, do a search for community dental organizations locally because there are often more resources than people realize. You might also talk to a local provider about a payment plan. This I do have first hand experience with. Most dentists got into dentistry to help people and the realize than many are going through hard times right now.


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