Does Medicare Cover Tooth Extraction Surgery?

No, Original Medicare 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)

Signing up for a Medicare Advantage plan can be straightforward and affordable. Simply call a licensed insurance agent at TTY Users: 711, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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.

 

1 Gotter, Ana; Frank, Christine. What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction. (Feb. 9, 2018). Healthline. Retrieved from www.healthline.com/health/tooth-extraction.

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