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Help a reader: Looking for dentist who takes payments

Posted July 27, 2012


One of our readers, who does not have dental insurance, is looking for a dentist who takes payments. Her daughter needs dental work and the dentists with whom she has spoken all require full payment on the day of the appointment. She needs to work out a payment plan instead. Do any of you know of a dentist in the Raleigh area who is willing to work with payments?

I suggest calling the dental school at UNC to see if they can help as well. They offer lower cost clinics. Click HERE for the dental school website with more information about options.

Here is her request for help:

"This is really important to me so this is why I'm sending this email. We are one income (I just started working pt yesterday and its only 6hrs a week so not counting that) family and have no Medical or Dental insurance. My daughter who's 7 needs to see a dentist. She has teeth growing behind two of her bottom teeth. She has lost none of her baby teeth yet. I've been looking for dentist offices that accept payment plans. Meaning you don't have to pay full amount at the end of the visit. If you or any of the other subscribers have any vital information please share. Based of my husband's income he makes too much money for us to qualify for any type of gov't assistance. I will keep searching myself and hope someone else can come up with something as well."

If you know of any dentists who are willing to work with a payment plan or have any other suggestions for our reader, please post the information here.


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  • bsmith4 Jul 30, 2012

    My dentist in Apex let me pay for my crown in payments, as long as I paid some each month. They even let me decide the amount to pay. He also gives me a discount for not having dental insurance, plus, he is a great dentist and nice person!

    Dr. Trent Landenburger 919-362-7878
    1001 W. Williams Street (Hwy 55)Suite 105
    Apex, NC 27502

    Good luck!

  • mhillyard Jul 30, 2012

    Seems to me that if that is the case, she needs to go to SS to get help. With such low income, she should qualify.

  • kcastleberry Jul 30, 2012

    This happened to my sister with every permanent tooth she had, but in her case the baby teeth would no have come out because they had hooked roots on them. They had to be pulled because the dentist said they would not have come out on their own.
    We go to either the Wayne Dental school or Wake Tech Dental School for cleanings and xrays. It only cost $20 and is the most thorough cleaning you'll ever get. I don't know of a regular dentist that takes payments. We don't have insurance either so I know where you are coming from.
    I am currently looking for an orthadontist that takes payments.
    Anyone know of one?

  • scfaulk Jul 29, 2012

    This may work for you.

  • LuvLivingInCary Jul 29, 2012

    Not mark castor in cary. he wouldn't work with me on a crown. i left him for this reason.

  • hiyufed2 Jul 28, 2012

    There is a fantastic dentist office in Fuquay-Varina on Judd Pkwy called Fuquay Family Dentistry. They are only 20-25 min from Sanford and would be worth the drive. The do 6 month payment plans and also give you a discount. Also, there is a Dental Discount Program thru Aetna that is AWESOME!! Vital Savings by Aetna. I only pay 7.99 per month and all procedures are discounted exactly 50%, then you pay the dentist office the balance within 6 months. They might even go another couple of months. The contact for the Vital Savings is or call 1-877-698-4825. They will retro actively approve you to the first of July if you enroll before the end of the month if you need to see the dentist immediately, or start your deduction on the 1st of Aug. They do checking deduction or payments. Again, single person 7.99 and there are TONS of great dentists that take it. I even denied my work dental coverage to keep this it is so much better. And NO LIMIT on coverage!!! Good luc

  • susraz Jul 28, 2012

    I am assuming that the teeth coming in are the lower front teeth, encourage her to "wiggle" the baby teeth. Once the baby teeth are out, those teeth should move to their proper place. Happens all the time. The teeth probably hurt because they are just now being exposed to air, saliva, etc. Remember, as a baby, she just cried with teething pain. Unless you are established with a dentist, I doubt you will find one that will take payments. Look around, there are dentists offering free exams and x-rays right now..that would be my starting point.

  • pawdesign Jul 28, 2012

    I am very interested in a dentist in Rocky Mount, NC who takes payments. Thanks in advanced.

  • poeticallycorrect-InvNo1 Jul 28, 2012

    I was also going to suggest Care Credit! They are great and when you pay you have the choice of selecting so many pay off months without interest. Say 12 months no interest and if you pay it off within that 12 months you don't get charged interest on your payments. Also, after making on time payments for a while they will raise your credit limit.

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Jul 28, 2012

    I know it would be a long drive for her, but I suggest Wainwright and Wassel on Falls of the Neuse. They are the best in the business, and will work with her if she makes payment arrangements in advance.