If you are on a low income you have to make hard decisions when it comes to dental treatment.
For instance, let’s say you get your health coverage through the state health program for Californians on a low income, i.e. Medi-Cal. The dental coverage with Medi-Cal is Denti-Cal.
When Denti-Cal was stopped for adults, then reintroduced, there were changes.
Now along with many services that may or may not be covered, you can get a full set of false teeth. However, if you only have a few missing teeth you can’t get partial dentures.
This predicament has led many dental patients to opt to have healthy teeth removed, as they do not want to be left with gaps in their remaining teeth after extractions.
When dental coverage has restrictions it often leads patients to take such desperate measures as removing their own teeth in order to get full dentures. They are probably unable to pay for partial dentures themselves, and travelling elsewhere for cheaper false teeth is also not an option.
Instead, patients are turning up to free dental events to have dentures fitted. However, problems can still arise, as many organizations do not provide partial dentures. It’s advisable to check with the organization beforehand to determine eligibility, if you have to pre register for treatment, and most important whether free partial or full dentures are available.