Dental implants are a commonly used solution for individuals who are 65 and older and have suffered from tooth loss. Dental implants are more natural looking, and more comfortable than dentures. However, dental implants can be an expensive procedure that most may have trouble affording. Fortunately, those who have Medicare Part B may be eligible to receive up to $23,900 for medically necessary oral dental procedures.
For individuals wondering if their procedure will be covered, it’s important to consult with a Medicare-approved Dental Surgeon for confirmation. Coverage ultimately depends on each patient’s need. For example, most Medicare benefits that fall under Part A and Part B do not include routine dental checkups or cosmetic dental care, but they may cover certain dental procedures that are required to prevent potential complications from affecting the rest of the body. For example, before an organ transplant or a radiation treatment, surgeons would have to extract damaged teeth for a successful procedure. Therefore, some of the extraction would be covered because it’s medically necessary for a larger treatment plan.
Other issues that could arise from oral complications include heart attack, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary infection, and blood clots. Because oral treatment is necessary to prevent these life-threatening health complications, then a portion of the treatment would be covered.
If an individual is unable to chew or consume healthy food due to tooth loss or pain, they may qualify to receive coverage on dental implants because they would be medically necessary to prevent the risk of developing gastroesophageal reflux or other stomach complications as a result of poor dieting. Depending on the patient’s needs, there’s a possibility that 30-50 percent of the procedure may be covered.
Even if Medicare decides that the oral complication requires medical intervention, the patient would still have to pay for the remaining cost of the procedure. Fortunately, the patient could be saving up to $10,000 if Medicare covers some of the procedure.
Even though this procedure can be costly, it will improve the quality of an individual’s life because they will be able to eat nutritious foods that will benefit their oral and overall health. They will also be able to clearly communicate with others, and show off their beautiful, natural-looking smile.
At McBride Dental, we offer dental implant services for those who have suffered from tooth loss as a result of poor diet, poor oral hygiene, and/or injury. Our implants are an effective, long-lasting solution because they replace the entire tooth, even the root. Dr. McBride is one of the three dentists who is Board Certified to perform dental implant procedures in San Diego County. Fortunately, Dr. McBride is also a Medicare-approved Dental Surgeon who has successfully completed numerous dental implant procedures. For those interested in other dental services, we also offer preventative care services to prevent tooth loss and other oral issues. If you are in the San Diego area and would like more information regarding this procedure, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office at 760-471-1003.