Coverage

Does Medicare Cover Tooth Extraction Surgery?

Original Medicare does not cover tooth extraction surgery. However, some Medicare Advantage plans may cover tooth extraction and routine dental care such as cleanings and dentures.

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) does not cover tooth extraction surgery or routine dental care such as cleanings, fillings and dentures.

Although Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B) does not cover dental care, some Medicare Advantage plans may offer coverage for tooth extractions and other procedures.

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Some Medicare Advantage plans may cover tooth extraction

Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C) provide the same benefits as Medicare Part A and Part B combined into one plan. Some Medicare Advantage plans may offer additional benefits not covered by Original Medicare, which can include dental care coverage.

Medicare Advantage plans that cover dental care may include coverage for services such as:

  • Tooth extractions
  • Routine cleanings
  • Exams
  • Fillings
  • Dentures
  • X-rays
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics and oral surgery

Medicare Advantage plan availability and benefits can vary by location, so it’s important to check with your Medicare Advantage plan provider to find out what type of dental coverage your plan might offer.

What is the cost of tooth extraction without Medicare Advantage dental coverage?

Tooth extraction costs can vary based on your overall dental health and whether the tooth is impacted.

In 2018, simple tooth extraction can cost between $75 and $200 per tooth. Extraction of an impacted tooth can cost between $800 and $4,000.1

Without a Medicare Advantage plan that offers dental care coverage, you might have to pay these costs entirely out of pocket.

How to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan

To be eligible for a Medicare Advantage plan, you generally must:

  • Be enrolled in Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B
  • Live in a Medicare Advantage plan service area
  • Not have end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

A licensed insurance agent can help you compare Medicare Advantage plans that are available in your area and potentially find a plan that covers tooth extraction and other dental benefits.  Call today to speak with a licensed agent.

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About the author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with MedicareAdvantage.com. He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

Christian’s work as a Medicare expert has appeared in several top-tier and trade news outlets including Forbes, MarketWatch, WebMD and Yahoo! Finance.

Christian has written hundreds of articles for MedicareAvantage.com that teach Medicare beneficiaries the best practices for navigating Medicare. His articles are read by thousands of older Americans each month. By better understanding their health care coverage, readers may hopefully learn how to limit their out-of-pocket Medicare spending and access quality medical care.

Christian’s passion for his role stems from his desire to make a difference in the senior community. He strongly believes that the more beneficiaries know about their Medicare coverage, the better their overall health and wellness is as a result.

A current resident of Raleigh, Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

If you’re a member of the media looking to connect with Christian, please don’t hesitate to email our public relations team at Mike@tzhealthmedia.com.

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