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    I am so devestated. I went to my intake appointment on Tuesday to get on the transplant list and found out I need to have all of my teeth fixed before they will even consider putting me on the transplant list. I went to the dentist on Wednesday and he said I need $13,000 in dental work and that is actually with a $4,000 discount. I have no idea what to do. I actually have numerous family members willing to donate a kidney but there is no way I will get a transplant unless I can figure out how to get all of this dental work done. Does anyone have any ideas? I have fallen into a deep depression. I am only 32 years old and have 2 beautiful children and an amazing husband. I am not ready to leave them yet but without a kidney I don't know how that's going to work out. P.S. I have to credit so that is not an option and I do not come from a wealthy family by any means. My husband was electricuted a few years ago and hasn't been able to work since so there isn't any money there either. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.


  • #2
    Oh Melissa my heart goes out to you, I too am a 32 year old female on dialysis with 3 beautiful children and an amazing husband and I too was just denied getting on the transplant list last year in Virginia due to the fact that my income was slightly too high to be approved for medicaid, and the only insurance I had was medicare and since that is 80/20 I would need to come up with a way to pay for the other 20% myself and since we don't have very much income either and we didn't have a vehicle they denied me on the fact that I couldn't afford to get a transplant and I didn't have reliable transportation for all the appointments that I would be needing and I have a list of relatives waiting to donate as well. However what I did do is create an account with and actually raised $2700 to help me towards getting a transplant. They give you a webpage that you can share across the internet on face book and twitter and linked in. Also they give you a flyer to print out that you can hand out to people. I don't know much but I hope that can help. I really hate to see someone as young as me going through what I'm going through. I actually moved to Florida with the money I raised and I am scheduled to go to an appointment in August to attempt to get on the transplant list here. One thing that helps me is that Florida did approve me for medicaid so the insurance thing is solved. If there is any other way I can help let me know.

    Last edited by sdaragjati; 06-21-2014, 08:29 AM. Reason: to add my name


    • #3
      I am sorry to hear about your situation but there is hope. Any university that has a dental school has a dental clinic. The students are overseen by the professors, (who are of course, dentists) and the professors frequently do the work to show the students how to do it right. The work is up to spec and there's no issue with quality. In many cases, depending upon your overall financial situation, the work is done for free. If the work isn't for free, it is at significantly reduced cost. I don't know where you live, but you should look into this. It could be the answer you are looking for. I know this because my father was a dentist. So, get on the internet and see if there are any dental schools in your area. Contact them and see what they say. You are too young to be giving up hope and there are always solutions you just have to be creative and be willing to do the research.
      I hope this helps. It's OK to get depressed, but don't sink into it. Try to stay strong and positive. Your family needs you OK?


      • #4
        Hey Melissa. I'm sorry to hear about this! I work in a dental office and know how much dental work cost! It is ridiculous how overpriced it is! Can I ask what state you live in?? I'm in NC and if you are too I may have a dentist I can set you up with that would help you. But like the poster said before any dental school would be able to help you. Sometimes it's a lottery to get in but worth the effort it would take on your part. Please don't give up!! And please respond back and let me know what state you're in. I would live to help you!!


        • #5
          Why would anyone expect anyone to pay $13,000.00 for dental work to get on a transplant list? What kind of dental work if you do not mind me asking? One solution is to have all of your teeth pulled out and have a very good pair of dentures made that fit your mouth- have implants on the bottom if you can afford them and get on a payment plan. The top denture will stay in place just by the suction- The bottom denture needs the 4 implants to stay secure. Dentures have come a long way since the wooden ones were made for George Washington.... I wish you the best of luck..... I am also new to the ckd and will eventually have to jump through the loops and ropes I live in Michigan and am currently working and I am in fear of loosing my job due to work restrictions due to recent surgery for spinal stenosis in July 2014.


          • #6
            Yes, from my own experiences (as well as many, many family members), having all your teeth pulled and getting fitted out with a full set of dentures is a quick, cost-effective solution, and one that would cost far, far less than $13k. Something about your story just doesn't ring true. Even my dentist friend tells me that a complete extraction and denture set won't cost you more than $2000, maximum. What you are obviously talking about is either a multiple root-canal procedure, and/or dental implants. Instead of going to a place that sells such high-priced services, you should go to a regular family dentist first.

            Perhaps you'd RATHER have your teeth fixed than pulled, but if you don't have the cash, how can you expect other people to pay your debts?


            • #7
              To clarify my previous post, first, let me say that there are many different types of dental practices out there. Many dentists practice alone or with 2 or 3 dentists in a small office, and will send you to a 'specialist' for things which are beyond what they can handle. Dentist such as this are generally the least expensive, and are the most likely to give you honest advice on what you can have done, and what the options are.

              On the OTHER end of the spectrum are these huge multi-state operations (one with a name referring to a tree often found in the Rockies, another with a large capital letter as it's trademark). These places don't exist to do quality dental work, they exist solely to get you to pay themas much money as possible, usually through high-interest loans which they offer. They wouldn't offer you the option of extraction and bridgework, because they can make more money selling your implants at $2400 each.They generally do fair-to-poor work, from just-graduated dentists and technicians, but boy do they advertise! In the end, you are paying for all that prime-time advertising.

              I'm willing to bet that your $13k estimate was from one of these places, probably located in or near a large shopping mall. I'll bet they also tried to sell you one of their 24% interest loans to have it done, as well. Don't fall for their hard-sell pitch; it's like dealing with a used-car salesperson! you can do better cheaper elsewhere. Just about anywhere else.


              • #8

                I am so sorry to hear about the insurance issues you are having. I had a transplant last year, and had medicare. I also had a medigap policy to pay the other 20% Davita paid the monthly premium for me while on dialysis. Once they called me for a kidney I was 100% covered. Davita will stop paying the premium once you receive your transplant. Speak with your social worker about a medigap policy.


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