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Van Nuys, CA
A 52-year-old female asked:

What do you do when you cannot afford a dentist and i cannot afford dental insurance. i have a tooth that broke apart?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Dental Schools: You might check out the dental schools at usc or ucla, and see whether they might offer low-cost dental clinics. Also, here's a link listing many low cost, free, or sliding scale clinics in california: http://www.Needymeds.Org/free_clinics.Taf?_function=list&state=ca not all of these offer dental services, but many do. Good luck!
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 15 years experience
Public assistance: In many areas, there are placed that provide dental care on a sliding scale as long as you show proof of income and other specifics. A dental school will also provide a lower cost method of care. A single tooth extraction may run about 200-300 dollars at a general dentist office. Not all general dentists take teeth out and it may take some calling around to find someone who can.
Dr. Saleh Elahwal
Endodontics 35 years experience
In NY City we have a program under the supervision of micheal Bloomberg . DDS or donated dental services . Look for a similar one there .
Jun 1, 2013
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Dental Care Access: Outrageously, more than 100 million ppl in usa don't get dental care b/c they can't afford it (see http://bit.Ly/11lxdol ). No less outrageous on general healthcare front: "nearly half of us adults ages 19 to 64—an estimated 84 million people—did not have health insurance for all of 2012, or had coverage that did not adequately protect them from high health care costs." see http://bit.Ly/11igahp.

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