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Medicare Dental Coverage

A common concern among Seniors in 2013 is medicare dental coverage. Is dental care covered with the basic medicare plan? If not what plans are there that include dental coverage. All good questions that we will answer on this page. If you are on the basic government medicare plan, chances are you will not receive medicare dental benefits. Routine dental care like teeth cleanings,fillings,extractions and root canals are normally not covered with the traditional medicare plan. There are instances where restorative dental work is covered by medicare. Read more on when dental treatment is paid for by medicare below.

Medicare Dental Discounts

While medicare may not pay for the majority of dental work incurred by Seniors, there are nationwide dental programs that provide Seniors with major discounts on all kinds of dental treatment. Commonly know as  dental referral plans, these discount dental care plans get Seniors in to see the Dentist, who is willing to provide significant discounts in return for prompt payment. Discount dental plans for Seniors, like the one offered by AmeriPlan of Plano, Texas can be found for less then $20.00 a month and include the entire household on the plan. While not medicare dental insurance, these plans can save it’s members hundreds, even thousands of dollars a year. Ask Allan G of Evansville, In. Allan save over $3,000 on needed dental treatment recently. He now offers Seniors the opportunity to save on dental care through DentalCareFinders.com. Hear Allan’s dental savings testimonial below.

Medicare Dental by AmeriPlan

Medicare Dental by AmeriPlan

If you are considering a dental plan of some type, consider discount dental. Last summer I had dental pain and needed four porcelain crowns,three fillings, a wisdom tooth extraction and a teeth cleaning. Normally that would have been $5,600 but I got all that work done for $2,600. Saving $3,000 was a lifesaver. Another plus was that after getting the plan I used it immediately. That’s something you can’t do with a lot of dental insurance plans. One real key feature as well, I normally couldn’t have saved that much during the month or two months that I used this plan. That is because most dental insurance plans are restricted to a savings or payout of $1,000 to $1,500 a year. So if you are considering a plan look at AmeriPlan seriously.

Medicare Dental Insurance

Although the original medicare program does not provide significant coverage for routine dental care, there are are medicare plans that do include medicare dental benefits or dental insurance.  Often medicare advantage plans include dental insurance as an option when purchasing their medicare plan. Medicare advantage plans are optional medicare plans for Seniors that are medicare approved and administered  by private insurance companies. Get medicare plan quotes.

What Medicare will pay for on Dental Treatment

Currently, Medicare will pay for dental services that are an integral part either of a covered procedure (e.g., reconstruction of the jaw following accidental injury), or for extractions done in preparation for radiation treatment for neoplastic diseases involving the jaw. Medicare will also make payment for oral examinations, but not treatment, preceding kidney transplantation or heart valve replacement, under certain circumstances. Such examination would be covered under Part A if performed by a dentist on the hospital’s staff or under Part B if performed by a physician. Read more at CMS.gov

Medicare Dental Coverage News

PBS NewsHour. US Dental Crisis Sen. Sanders on the Fight for Coverage. PBS NewsHour. Laura Austan hasn’t regularly seen a dentist in almost 14 years. She has gingivitis a broken tooth a cracked tooth and little chance of relief few area dentists accept her disability and Medicare coverage. Out of options she dialed her senator. and more. US Dental Crisis Sen Sanders on the Fight for Coverage PBS NewsHour
Medicare Dental Coverage article updated Jan 19, 2013.


One Response to “Medicare Dental Coverage”

  1. Willa Roberts says:

    Dental Insurance is of great importance to senior citizens, I have been searching for a good dental plan and all I can find is discount plans that pay actually very little as it relates to senior dental care. When you are on a fixed income it not easy to come up with 600 or 700 hundred dollars for dental care.

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