A common question we hear in our Customer Care Center is,

“Does Medicare cover dental?

Simple answer: Original Medicare (Parts A and B) does not cover routine oral health/dental care, such as teeth cleaning, fillings, dentures, root canals, etc.

When does Medicare cover dental treatment?

Original Medicare may pay for dental services that are medically necessary prior to another Medicare-covered medical procedure – before you can get another more serious procedure, like a surgery.

For example, Medicare might pay for a tooth extraction if it is required before heart surgery. Or, a person with oral cancer might get a procedure covered prior to radiation treatment. Even if Medicare does pay for some services as preparation for a medical procedure, it will not cover the cost of implants or dentures.

Now the good news. Dental, vision or support for hearing loss is available in most areas of the country through Medicare Advantage plans.

If the plan doesn’t provide routine dental and vision, or if you’re buying a Medigap plan, you can also research “stand-alone” dental and vision insurance plans.

Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.
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