If you have a tooth ache or need some major dental work done but don’t have dental insurance, there are some other options. The best first option is a discount dental plan which after you join gives you significant discounts at participating dentists. Remember when searching for a plan be sure to find one that allows for a pre-existing condition(when you already have something wrong with your teeth) and that also the pre-existing condition has no waiting period. The discount dental plans aren’t free to join but the savings you get can easily make up for it.
Even without the discount dental plan there are still other options such as free clinics, traveling free clinics and university dental schools that take on patients for their students. All of them have a limited number of patients they can take in on a given day and some of them still charge a fee.
Of course the best laid plan is to have dental insurance ahead of time which gives you the best savings.
Also whenever you go to the dentist it is always a good idea to brush up on some common dental procedures. That way you will be well informed when you get there and can ask questions and answer questions in an educated manner. Here are some websites that can help to that end. www.animiated-teeth.com or www.webmd.com.