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  •  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-)


      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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