If you can’t afford dental implants, you can try to get them at no cost. There are free implants programs, funding from state organizations, and more. Our team has elaborated on how they work and how you can apply.
We spent a great deal of time looking through online materials and did thorough research on the topic. If you can’t find a program in this article, it is likely to be a scam. You can also reach out to us if you think you’ve found something legitimate.Creative Commons
Free dental implant programs for disabled, seniors, and low income
The following programs are mainly based on volunteer dentists and labs, catering to those who need dental work most. Some target specific social groups, so it’s important to check what kind of candidates they are looking for. Patients receive treatment free of charge.
Dr. Allan Seidman
I donate all in-office materials and time and ask the dental laboratories I use to donate all labwork. No cost to patient at all, other than any transportation required to get to my office. Patients are vetted through the organizations.
Donated Dental Services
Donated Dental Services is a program endorsed by many respected associations, including the ADA. They are funded by the Dental Lifeline Network and provide free comprehensive services. Those are targeted at the elderly, disabled, medically fragile, and veterans.
|NAME||Donated Dental Services|
|FUNDING||Dental Lifeline Network|
|ELIGIBILITY||elderly, disabled, medically fragile, veterans|
Taking part in the program does not automatically mean you will receive implants. What treatment is best is always decided by the professional performing the procedure. You can apply via post or online.
Here is what the process looks like:
- Find your state and click on the application link.
- Fill out every section to the best of your ability. Attach proof of disability if you have one.
- Wait for a response. If you qualify, you will be put on a waiting list. If not, you will receive a letter of denial. This step could take several months.
- You will be contacted by DDS to go over your application and be matched with a volunteer dentist.
- He or she will determine your eligibility and what procedures to go ahead with.
Give Back a Smile
Give Back a Smile provide dental care to those who have been affected by domestic and/or sexual violence and have suffered mouth or teeth injuries. They are funded by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) Charitable Foundation.
|NAME||Give back a smile|
|FUNDING||American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) Charitable Foundation|
|ELIGIBILITY||adult survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence|
There is a $20 application fee. This can be exchanged for 10 hours of social work, making the treatment completely free. It is decided during a preliminary examination what kind of dental work is needed, which might be implants.
Volunteers of GBaS do not treat any issues caused by neglect (such as cavities and gum disease) or fix any previous dental work. They focus on injuries to the smile zone, which took place at least a year ago. Exceptions are made if the abuser is in prison, jail, or deceased.
The applicant must also fulfill several requirements. This includes meeting with at least one of the following:
- a domestic violence/sexual assault advocate,
- case manager,
- faith leader,
- therapist, or
- doctor with experience in counseling survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault.
Here is what the application process looks like:
- Download the form or call (800) 772-4227 and one will be mailed to you.
- Fill it out and send it to: Mailing to Give Back a Smile, 402 West Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703
- You can also fax it to 888.488.688.
- If you qualify, you will be informed by mail. You will be referred to a volunteer dentist if there is one within 200 miles of you. It is your responsibility to schedule an appointment.
- He or she will decide on your final eligibility and propose a treatment plan.
Free dental implants from clinical trials
Clinical trials are basically case studies. Practitioners experiment with new techniques or medications that have not been approved by the FDA yet. When applying, you must take into account that there is controlled risk involved.
Some clinical trials will demand patients with particular dental or oral conditions. They might have very varied requirements, depending on what is being tested. That’s why it is best to find a trial that suits you and which offers treatment you are looking for.
In order to find current clinical trials, use this search engine by ClinicalTrials.gov or this one by Patientwing.com. It is best to come into contact with the person managing the program directly. They will be able to let you know whether treatment is free or simply cheaper.
Dental schools that do free dental implants
Dental schools are always looking for test subjects. Students need patients to practice on. But don’t worry, everything takes place under the watchful eye of a licensed professional. The only downside is that the process might take longer as each step has to be graded.
According to our research, you can’t get free dental implants from dental schools. However, it’s best to contact schools near you, as you might find treatment that is a lot more affordable. Most of the time, they offer procedures at about half the cost.
Dental schools might also be taking part in some programme that will make free implants possible.
It is easiest to find schools of dentistry in large cities, but smaller colleges might have shorter waiting lists.
Explore state and county dental societies
Local dental societies are a great place to find information about free dental work and clinical trials. Most societies have their own foundations. They help them fund grants for other non-profits and clinics. These, in turn, often offer free treatment to the less fortunate and other social groups.
You can use the ADA search tool to find contact information. Select your state and your local dental society. You can look through their page to see if anyone is currently funding any implant programs in your area.