Beautiful teeth are important and keeping your teeth and mouth healthy is also important to your overall health. Lack of access to dental care for all ages remains a public
health challenge and many Americans living in Alabama 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 discounted dental plans that are available to residents of Alabama:
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. To learn if you are eligible for VA Dental Care, see va.gov/healthbenefits.
Medicaid - Each Medicaid program in the state of Alabama has its own requirements that you must meet in order to qualify for benefits. All of the programs have income requirements and some programs have age requirements or are limited to certain groups such as pregnant women or people who also have Medicare. Alabama Medicaid will not pay for dental services for adults age 21 and older, however individuals under 21 years of age can receive Medicaid paid dental care for checkups and teeth cleanings every six months, crowns, fillings, extractions (pulling teeth), root canals, X-rays and TMJ surgery (some services must be approved by Medicaid ahead of time). See medicaid.alabama.gov or call 1-800-362-1504 to learn more about requirements for different Medicaid programs.
Alabama Health Centers - Residents of Alabama 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 (based on income, fees are charged on a sliding fee scale of up to 100% discount), including dental care. See adph.org/oralhealth/ or contact the HRSA Information Center toll-free at 1–888–Ask–HRSA (1–888–275–4772) for a list of health centers in the counties of Greene, Bullock, Perry, Coosa, Lowndes, Wilcox, Conecuh, Clay, Choctaw, Sumter, Crenshaw, Lamar, Cleburne, Hale, Fayette, Henry, Washington, Pickens, Butler, Marengo, Macon, Bibb, Randolph, Monroe, Winston, Clarke, Cherokee, Geneva, Barbour, Marion, Franklin, Pike, Chambers, Lawrence, Covington, Escambia, Tallapoosa, Chilton, Dallas, Dale, Coffee, Russell, Jackson, Colbert, Autauga, Blount, Walker, DeKalb, Elmore, Cullman, Talladega, Limestone, St. Clair, Lauderdale, Marshall, Houston, Etowah, Calhoun, Morgan, Lee, Baldwin, Tuscaloosa, Shelby, Montgomery, Madison, Mobile, and Jefferson in Alabama.
ALL Kids, Alabama's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - This low-cost, comprehensive healthcare coverage program for children under age 19 is administered by the Alabama Department of Public Health and covers dental care. To qualify children must be under age 19, not be covered under any health insurance, be a U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant, not be covered by or eligible for Medicaid, not be a resident in an institution, and meet income guidelines (see adph.org/allkids/assets/ALLKIDSEnglishIincomeGuides.pdf). To apply or learn more about the medical benefits provided under this program, see adph.org/allkids/Default.asp?id=588 or call 1-888-373-Kids (5437).
Dental Schools - Dental schools are a excellent source of reduced-cost, quality dental treatment. Most of these teaching facilities have clinics that allow dental students to gain experience treating patients while providing care at a lowered cost. Licensed, experienced dentists closely supervise the students. Faculty and post-graduate clinics are also available at most dental schools.
Locations and Contact Information of Dental Schools in Alabama:
University of Alabama School of Dentistry, Birmingham - They offer patients a full range of specialty, general, and emergency dental services at a reduced cost.
1919 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233 Phone: (205) 934-3000
In-House Dental Financing - Some dentists in Alabama may offer in-house financing regardless of past credit.
Below is a list of dentists that claim they can help people with bad credit financing for dental work in Alabama:
At this time we are unable to locate any dental offices in Alabama that offer in-house dental 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 email@example.com.
View sources of Bad Credit Unsecured Personal Loans that can be paid in monthly installments and used for expensive dental procedures.
Clinical Trials - The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research sometimes seeks volunteers with specific oral, dental and craniofacial conditions to participate in research studies, otherwise known as clinical trials. Researchers may provide study participants with limited low-cost or free dental treatment for the particular condition they are studying. To find out if there are any NIDCR clinical trials that you might fit into, visit the NIDCR web site at http://www.nidcr.nih.gov and click on "Clinical Trials." For a complete list of all federally funded clinical trials, visit http://clinicaltrials.gov.
For a list of dental assistance programs for people with bad credit or low income in other states please visit Dental Financing For Low Income/Bad Credit.