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  •  There's a dental school, but it is booked solid (11+ / 0-)

    There are a lot of people here in the same boat as me.

    We are all droogie6655321

    by Buckeye BattleCry on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 11:09:04 AM PST

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    •  Yes, it is (7+ / 0-)

      nigh on impossible to get into dental schools.  I've been repeatedly turned down. And I'm in Chicago.

    •  Area dental society? (5+ / 0-)

      Ask for a rec for someone paying on the installment plan. Esp in your area, I know dental care is tough, but keep asking.  If you can faithfully pay at least half, & develop a relationship with the dentist, it is harder for them to turn you away. Also if there is a dental hygenists school, they can be the source of referrals plus yearly check-ups.  

      After paying for 5 yrs of orthodontia (I put beavers to shame), my divorced mother was pleasantly surprised when the remaining 3 yrs of payments was written off as a scholarship for me.

      BTW-I know several medical professionals, and they prefer to do "charity work" that THEY determine and are upset at lower fees set by Medicaid by the state. You just have to find this person.  Either someone new or VERY experienced (60's) who doesn't need the $$ as much and has put their kids through college!

      Best wishes!  

      •  Just a warning (11+ / 0-)

        I called 45 dentists in one day and batted zero regarding finding one who will take payments.  They all want you to get a "care credit" card, for which I am not eligible.

        A better way to go might be to ask a local pastor or rabbi if they can refer you to someone who will work with you - it is incredibly disheartening to have to sit there will the yellow pages and get treated like crap by repeated dental offices.

        I broke down in tears at one point and said, "What am I supposed to do?" and the receptionist suggested I go to Mexico.  Well, if I could do that - I'm in Chicago - I could probably afford to go to the dentist.

        Another place to call - even though I hate their politics - is the Salvation Army; they often have resource lists.

        •  Yeah, finding one that takes payments is (5+ / 0-)

          impossible.

          I had a superb, righteous, kind oral surgeon who removed my wisdom teeth and took payments.  But he retired. One must either have Medicaid, cash in hand, or those credit cards.  How am I going to pay for a health credit card when I don't have a job?

          I know the right thing to do is to try to save my teeth, pay more money, whatever.

          Then I look at my puffy face, and feel like those antibiotics aren't doing a damned bit of good, remember those horror stories about people dying from abscesses, and I just want whatever needs pulled, pulled.  I'll pay for a damned bridge or partial later.

          We are all droogie6655321

          by Buckeye BattleCry on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 12:09:48 PM PST

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        •  Mexico (1+ / 0-)
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          Don't sell this idea short. If you have to pay for your dental work out of your own pocket, there is a whole industry of Mexican dentists whose customers are almost all American. Google is your friend here, try tijuana-dentist for example.

        •  Two good suggestions (3+ / 0-)

          I am just trying to help in case you hadn't thought of these - know you are between a rock and a hard place. I also know dental pain can be awful - says the person who found out who wins when a kid on a bike hits the sand on the road curve in 4th grade.
          Road- score: 2 front teeth. Kid-score: years of dental work.    

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