Fill in the gaps from Medicare with dental plans.
Why consider dental plans?
Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medigap, and many Medicare Advantage plans do not cover most expenses associated with dental services. However, standalone plans are available to help defray some of these costs.
Medicare only covers expenses that are deemed medically necessary, meaning that they are needed to diagnose or treat an illness or condition. Routine dental care is not considered medically necessary. However, there may be limited instances when some services may be covered under Medicare.
Why should you get standalone coverage?
While Medicare covers certain aspects of your dental care, there are gaps that can be filled so you don’t have to pay for services and solutions completely out of pocket.
Dental expenses and Medicare.
There is no coverage for dental exams, procedures, or supplies under Medicare. Some Medicare Advantage plans will provide coverage for such expenses, but this may vary by plan. Medicare Part A (hospital) may cover expenses such as jaw reconstruction after an accident or extractions related to preparing for certain radiation treatments.
Standalone insurance for dental costs.
Private insurance plans for routine dental expenses do exist. They are typically available either separately or bundled together. Medicare Advantage plans and standalone plans can differ widely in what they cover and what the limitations are, so it’s important to explore the various options available to you to see what may fit your needs.
If you have questions about dental plans available to those on Medicare, contact us to review your options.