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The cost of having no insurance
Updated: 2/14/2012 3:00:02 PM

The cost of having no insurance  

An estimated 45 million Americans don't have dental insurance, according to an estimate from Reuters. This population may avoid visiting a dentist, because they cannot afford to pay the sometimes steep out-of-pocket expenses of getting oral treatment. Luckily for this population, there are many discount dental plans available to help them gain affordable care.

Recently, the Washington Post published an article about dental implants, and how expensive they can be, especially for people without insurance.

"I had paid $1,750 out of pocket to have the device implanted, since my insurance wouldn’t cover it. I’d assumed that this was going to be the most expensive part of the procedure. [However] I still needed a supportive abutment and the tooth-shaped crown, which would fit on top of the implant in the space where the natural tooth used to be," said post contributor Marlene Cimons.

In the end, the author ended up spending $5,000 dollars to have just one tooth replaced. This story highlights the need for there to be more ways to gain affordable access to oral care, such as discount dental plans.

For more information on discount dental plans, call 1-888-632-5353

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