Living in the 21st century, and as a direct result of both technological advancement and scientific research, the expected age of death is higher than it ever was. However, this higher lifelong expectancy means that people will, and indeed do, deal with many problems of old age that they didn’t need to face before. One of these problems is dental problems. Teeth decay, to some extent or another as one grows older, and they are a pain to deal with. Living older doesn’t necessarily mean that you will enjoy your old age, especially if you feel too self-conscious about your smile or can’t chew food properly.


Today, in this article, we will discuss the modern world’s solution to these problems, dental implants, especially for elderly people. It isn’t unusual for seniors older than 50 years of age to have a few missing teeth; the situation may result in some seniors having dentures made to replace these teeth. Gum tissue can become sore in more advanced cases resulting in irreversible gum and bone damage. 


What are dental implants?


Dental implants (dental plates) are essentially ‘false teeth’ and are often made of materials like acrylic or cast metal, with either porcelain or plastic teeth attached. The implants are created from molds of a patient’s teeth and jaws; tooth sizes, shapes, and colors are based on the adjacent teeth; the dentures are made to balance the factors of appearance needs (complimenting the smile) with functional needs (having a broad area of contact with the gum and other teeth to improve stability). Dental implant procedures are equally successful in elderly people or any person with reduced bone density and heal with the same predictability as those in younger persons. 

There isn’t an age that is considered ‘too old for dental implant treatment’. A healthy person can safely and predictably have implants placed which results in a vastly improved quality of life, assisting them to maintain a balanced nutritious diet and active lifestyle; remaining every bit as confident and socially engaging as a person with their own natural teeth. 


Does Medicare pay for dental implants?


This importance of dental implants and medication leads us to consider the efforts of the government to help senior citizens with these issues, mainly through medicare. Does Medicare pay for these dental costs? This is the question we will discuss and answer in this article. 

Well, the short answer to this question is ‘no’. Medicare pays for a lot of services, including many preventive benefits, however, coverage of dental care is very limited. Original Medicare (Parts A and B) does not, unfortunately, cover routine oral health/dental care, such as teeth cleaning, fillings, dentures, root canals, etc. In case you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, check to see if your plan covers these services.


What can Medicare pay for?


Original Medicare may, in some cases, pay for dental services that are medically necessary prior to another Medicare-covered medical procedure. For example, there is a possibility that Medicare will pay for a tooth extraction if it is required before heart surgery. Or, if a person with oral cancer needs to get a procedure, Medicare will cover it prior to radiation treatment. Even if Medicare does pay for some services as preparation for a medical procedure, it will, most likely, not cover the cost of implants or dentures.

Get a free consultation for dental implants today at your trusted dental clinic in Glendale Queens

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