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Kluck   in reply to soulight   on

FREE AND LOW COST DENTAL HELP

I'm 29, disabled, married, and have 4 children.  Each subsequent pregnancy always takes their toll on the teeth, and my mother lost ALL of hers by her early 30's.  I've had five teeth pulled - but two were replaced by wisdom teeth that came in later, and one was simply crushed by the dentist's pliers.  He left the roots in and told me to find someone else to get the roots out because he wasn't an oral surgeon and couldn't do it.  I called the school of dentistry in Alton, Illinois because they had free care for those who couldn't afford it.  Problem is that even with Medicaid, that school said it's highly possible that I'd still have to pay 50% of the fees, AND that it's a guarantee that I'm going to be put on a 12-month waiting list.  I can't wait that long!  I'm strugging with frequent infections from that root, and one of these days, it'll turn into an abcess and kill me.  (Yes, abcesses are fatal when it eats through the roots into the brain, and this root is on the upper right.)  The school in Alton is the ONLY one in the ENTIRE STATE OF ILLINOIS that does this for people, but they still demand half in cash and tells even the urgent needs patients to wait a year!  These missions of mercy is a JOKE.  There's one coming up next month in Bloomington, two hours away.  How am I supposed to get there?!  I'm on a worse-than-limited income, on Medicaid, can't afford babysitters for my children since my husband would have to drive me back home.  In Illinois, only extractions are allowed.  NOTHING else.  They don't even cover dentures, cleanings, fillings, nothing.  My oldest daughter's two front adult teeth are literally crossing over each other and she's having speech problems due to that, but Medicaid sent me a letter saying that her problem isn't bad enough and braces are considered cosmetic.  Just wait till ALL her adult teeth comes in, then the problem is going to worsen.  I've searched everywhere in Illinois, and I can't even afford to go more than 30 miles from my town for this.  There's nothing here.

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