Many residents living in Texas are finding it difficult to pay a dentist for their dental needs. This may be because they are unable to afford dental treatment or unable to get approved for financing because of bad credit.
Here we have listed the options for low cost dental treatment that are available to residents of Texas:
Dental Benefits For Veterans – Dental benefits are provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs according to law. In some instances, Veterans Affairs is authorized to provide extensive dental care, while in other cases treatment may be limited. Eligibility and benefits for Veteran dental care are limited by law and categorized into VA dental classifications or classes.
Medicaid and CHIP – Medicaid and CHIP provide low-cost or no-cost health coverage for eligible children in Texas whose family is considered low-income. If your not sure if your family can qualify, you can still apply for health coverage for them. States are required to provide dental benefits to children covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid, but states choose whether to provide dental benefits for adults. Dental care for children under these programs must at least include: maintenance of dental health, relief of pain and infections, and restoration of teeth. To learn more about the Medicaid and CHIP programs in Texas see yourtexasbenefits.com.
Health Centers – Residents of Texas may also want to contact their local Health Center as many may provide discounted dental services to those unable to afford treatment. The Bureau of Primary Health Care, a service of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), supports federally-funded community health centers across the country that provide free or reduced-cost health services, including dental care. Contact the HRSA Information Center toll-free at 1-888-Ask-HRSA (1-888-275-4772) for a list of health centers closest to your location in the Texas counties of Dallas, Tarrant, Harris, Bexar, El Paso, Denton, Travis, Hidalgo, Fort Bend, Collin, Cameron, Nueces, Galveston, Montgomery, Jefferson, Lubbock, Brazoria, Williamson, Bell, Webb, McLennan, Smith, Wichita, Brazos, Johnson, Ector, Taylor, Midland, Gregg, Ellis, Potter, Grayson, Tom Green, Randall, Hays, Guadalupe, Bowie, Parker, Orange, Victoria, Angelina, Comal, Coryell, Hunt, Henderson, Liberty, Kaufman, Harrison, San Patricio and others.
Dental Schools – Dental schools can be a good source of quality, reduced-cost dental treatment. Most of these teaching facilities have clinics that allow dental students to gain experience treating patients while providing care at a reduced cost. Experienced, licensed dentists closely supervise the students. Post-graduate and faculty clinics are also available at most schools.
Locations and Contact Information of Dental Schools in Texas:
Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Dallas – This college provides dental care to patients that is performed by students and supervised by licensed clinical faculty in which the fees for treatment are usually 30 to 40 percent less than a private dental office, however longer and more frequent visits are typically required. They also have Clinical Trials and Studies and if you are eligible to participate in a research study that is currently being conducted you can then receive treatment at a significantly reduced cost. See: tambcd.edu/research/clinicalstudies/index.html.
3302 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75246
Main Number: 214-828-8100
Patient Information Line: 214-828-8441
Screening Appointment Line (by phone only): 214-828-8981
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio – They offer a extensive range of oral healthcare services and dental treatments for children and adults by dental students under the supervision of faculty dentists for general dentistry, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics (braces), periodontics, pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics, bridges, restorations, endodontics, dental implants, dentures or partials. Their fees are up to 60% lower than a private practice dentist.
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
Screening Information: 210-567-321
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry, Houston This school offers comprehensive dental care by supervised students that can be up 2/3rd’s off the fee a typical private practice would charge.
UT School of Dentistry
7500 Cambridge Street
Houston, Texas 77054
In-House Dental Financing – Some dentists in Texas may offer in-house financing regardless of past credit. Here is a list of dentists that we found to offer this type of financing:
At this time we are unable to provide our viewers with any dentists in Texas that offer in-house financing with bad credit.
If any of our viewers are aware of any in-house financing programs for bad credit or if you are a dentist that offers such a program and want to be added to our list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinical Trials – The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research sometimes seeks volunteers with specific dental, oral, and craniofacial conditions to participate in research studies, also known as clinical trials. Researchers may provide study participants with limited free or low-cost dental treatment for the particular condition they are studying.