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How to Visit the Dentist Without Medical Insurance in the United States

Did you know that caring for your teeth isn’t just good for your smile, but it also helps prevent heart and kidney diseases, diabetes and arthritis? 

Even knowing how important dental health can be, many Americans don’t have insurance to cover their dentist visits. According to the National Library of Medicine, immigrants in the U.S. are at highest risk of suffering dental disease. This often ends up in dental extractions that could have been avoided with annual dental checkups.

To help you preserve your smile and support your overall health, we’ve created this guide on dental care in the United States when you’re without insurance. Explore below to learn how you can access quality dental services, no matter your circumstances.

Do you need insurance to go to the dentist in the United States? 

You don’t need to have dental insurance to visit the dentist in the United States. However, many people in this country do purchase dental coverage. It can help cover part or all of their dental expenses.

According to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), undocumented immigrants are not eligible to get health insurance plans through the U.S. state system. This marketplace is only available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

That’s why we created PODERsalud as an alternative to traditional health insurance programs. With this convenient membership, you can gain access to dental services such as cleanings, crowns, x-rays and even root canals, at discounted prices. 

Regardless of your immigration status or your income level, your PODERsalud membership offers access to over 262,000 dental offices. These certified providers are part of the Aetna dental network.

Save on your dentist consultations

For only $16.95 per month, PODERsalud is an affordable solution to cover your dental needs. If you want to take better care of your oral health and would like to see the dentist on a regular basis, PODERsalud can help!

With a membership, you can save between 15% and 50% in dental services for you and your immediate family. This means that you could get dental care that would otherwise be unaffordable without insurance.

Why visit the dentist?

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By keeping your teeth and gums healthy, you’re not just taking care of your mouth, you’re also taking care of your entire body. The mouth is connected to the digestive and respiratory systems, meaning oral hygiene will impact both those areas of your body if there’s an issue. This is why the Mayo Clinic states that poor dental health can cause complications such as:

  • Endocarditis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Pneumonia

If you suffer from diseases like diabetes, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis or Alzheimer you need to take extra care of your teeth because these are conditions that can affect your dental health.

Dental services that are included in PODERsalud

The following services are included with your PODERsalud membership, as a way to help you prevent disease and maintain a healthy smile.

Preventive Care

Preventive dental care is essential to your oral health. Combined with good hygiene, visiting the dentist regularly can help you stay healthy and maintain your teeth.

These are some of the most common preventive dental services for adults and children:

  • General dental exams
  • Dental cleanings
  • Routine x-rays

Crowns

Dental crowns are caps placed on top of damaged teeth. They work as a sleeve that adjusts over your natural teeth. If your dentist decides that you need a crown, this treatment will help protect your teeth while allowing you to continue using them normally.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are indirect dental restoration treatments that dentists use to cover cavities or deep fractures. They are a solid dental piece that a dentist permanently cements over your teeth. Inlays and onlays are a good alternative to treat molars that have more damage than a common cavity, but don’t require a crown.

Fillings

If you or your children have cavities, PODERsalud can help you fill them and avoid further dental complications. According to the Oral Health Foundation, fillings are a direct restoration treatment to cover cavities. The different types of filling materials that dentists use include:

  • Amalgam (gray colored material)
  • Resin composite (similar color as your tooth)
  • Glass ionomer (same color as your tooth)

Medication

If your dentist prescribes medication, you can use the PODERsalud discount card to save money on your prescription! You can fill your prescriptions from the convenience of your phone and pick them up at your nearest pharmacy.


Prosthetic Services

Dentures are an artificial prosthetic piece that replaces a part or all of your teeth. They’re also known as false teeth and depending on your specific needs they can be partial, total, removable or permanent.

If you need dentures, don’t wait any longer! Remember that these prosthetics can help you eat better, avoid digestive problems and even allow you to speak with more clarity. In many cases, prosthetics can also provide aesthetic benefits to your smile.

Endodontics

Endodontics is a dental treatment that helps heal cavities or care for deep fractures. This type of damage can cause infections and a great deal of pain. To prevent these complications, dentists recommend regular oral care and timely treatment of cavities.

If you believe you may need this type of treatment, we recommend that you visit a dentist as soon as possible. By taking advantage of your PODERsalud benefits, you can make dental care one of your priorities.

Veneers

If you want to show off a perfect smile, veneers can help! They’re a thin covering that goes over the surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers are usually used to whiten your teeth, cover cosmetic problems and reinforce your enamel. With veneers, you can finally have the perfect smile that you’ve always wanted!

Surgery

Some of the most common dental surgeries include:

Keep in mind: By visiting a certified dentist and receiving regular dental care, you can protect your health and avoid larger dental problems. 

Dental care for undocumented immigrants

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As mentioned above, undocumented immigrants don’t have access to the United States state healthcare system. Although it’s possible to purchase private insurance plans regardless of your immigration status, these tend to have a higher cost for immigrants than for U.S. citizens. It can make things particularly difficult for low-income individuals to access private health insurance in the United States.

These are some of the resources provided by the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services for individuals who wish to access free or low-cost preventive dental care:

Dental care for your family

Children who qualify for medical services through the Medicaid federal program also have access to the following dental benefits:

  • Routine dental exams every 6 months
  • Diagnosis of dental diseases
  • Treatment of dental problems
  • Pain relief 
  • Infection treatments
  • Dental restoration services
  • General dental health maintenance

In some states, people over the age of 21 who receive Medicaid benefits may also have access to emergency dental services. However, these benefits vary from one state to another and they depend on available resources as well as state laws.

How to join PODERsalud

If you need dental coverage for your family but don’t qualify for state insurance programs, PODERsalud can be a great option! Our membership offers access to dental consultations, quality medical attention, all at discounted prices. With your monthly payment, you can gain access to certified dentists who speak Spanish and are ready to help you take control of your dental health. 

Sign up today and start taking care of your smile