Does Medicaid Cover Dental Implants?

I need a few teeth pulled, filled and implants to replace them. I can only pay with Medicaid. Who can I go to that would accept Medicaid?

Doctor Answers 19

Medicaid and dental implants

Medicaid covers extractions of the teeth, majority of fillings and removable prosthesis. Implants and all types of implant supported prothesis are an elective type of treatment and Medicaid does not cover that. Removable denture can be a temporary option while you will be able to discover other options like financing through CareCredit, Chase or Springstone. Majority of the patients who have Medicaid insurance cover the costs of more improved options like implants to support the overdenture, fixed options to restore the missing teeth. Once the quality of life, functional ability and esthetics is tremendously improved you will appreciate your financial investment in this type of treatment.

Will Medicaid Cover the Dental Implants I Need?

No, unfortunately not.  Medicaid was designed to take care of a few basic treatments, and certainly not more sophisticated and elaborate elective treatments like dental implants.  Unfortunately, their feeling is, and not unlike many dental insurance companies, is that they will cover the "least costly alternative", and almost always this means not getting the absolute best treatment.  When a tooth is lost Medicaid will generally cover a partial denture, but rarely if ever even a fixed bridge, let alone a dental implant.

Norman Huefner, DDS
Laguna Niguel Dentist

Medicaid question

Unfortunately, your benefits as I understand, depend on the state you live in. I am not aware that medicaid pays for adult dentistry except maybe a denture. Perhaps you could check with the medicaid office and they might be able to help you. Good luck.

Will Medicaid cover dental implants

Medicaid will cover tooth extractions, fillings and removable partials and dentures.  Really, it provides the basics.  It wasn't established to cover treatment like dental implants.  Unfortunately, if you rely on Medicaid completely, you may not get the best treatment for you.  Medicaid providers should be listed online.  Other providers that can treat you with implants frequently offers payment options such as
Care Credit.  I urge you to explore all you options before making a decision.

Ramon Peleaux, DDS, MD
Charlotte Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Medicaid is very limited in coverage

Unfortunately Medicaid in most states only covers immediately urgent care. Very little major care such as implants is covered.

That said, it's important to recognize that you clearly value your oral health and realize it's not about what's covered or not covered by a plan. There are many options to make dental implants affordable and I encourage you to seek out to a dental providers that will work with you to make your dental needs a reality

Hisham Kaloti, DDS
Mississauga Dentist
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Medicaid does not cover dental implants

As you've seen from other comments, medicaid will not cover dental implants.  If you hope to have medicaid pay for any dental care you will need to go to a dentist that participates with medicaid.  Medicaid reimbursement rates are so low that most dentists do not participate with the government program.  Consider medicaid for only very basic dental services and please find a reputable dentist that happens to participate if you must.  

If you desire dental implants then an alternative for you may be a dentist who offers payment plans.  Some will offer 2 years to pay without interest.  Seek them out instead.  Also, choose a dentist with lots of experience.  Dentists who advertise dental implants usually see many cases a day.  Hope that helps.

Insurance Coverage and Dental Implants

In Canada, there is very little insurance coverage for dental implants. Some insurance carriers have plans that cover dental implants but you have to pay handsomely into those plans. It's the old "you get what you pay for" saying. Considering that the average person will not need dental implants in their life time, it's best not to pay expensive insurance premiums for something you might never need and just pay out of pocket for an implant should you ever need one. Any office should submit the estimate to your insurance for an answer. But 90% of the time, implants will not be covered and the cost will be paid directly out of pocket. 

Herbert Veisman, DDS
Toronto Periodontist
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Medicaid and Dental Implants

The cost of treatment is not covered by medicaid. Dental implants are a relatively expensive procedure. 

Unfortunately dental insurance and medicaid do not put a high value on people having teeth. According to them having teeth is a luxury. They will cover you if your tooth is infected and it becomes a risk to your health. 

Some medicaid plans will cover dentures not anchored to implants.

Having teeth supported by dental implants is considered an elective procedure so the patient is usually responsible for most of the payments.

Sylvan Fain, DDS
Miami Dentist
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Medicaid=no implant coverage

Medicaid is very limited in what they cover. They will not cover implant dentistry. Payment plans should be available via your local dentist if you are able to afford it. I would call around yuor local area.

Marielaina Perrone, DDS
Henderson Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Dental Implants are Not Covered by Medicaid

Unfortunately, Medicaid does not cover dental implants. Medicaid varies from state to state, but no states medicaid system cover dental implants. Many dental insurance providers now have some dental implant coverage based on the individual plans. There are several fiance options that many doctors offer, at no interest to the patient as well.  Remeber this is a lifetime investment, it may seem costly at first, but once time is factored in it is actually less expensive then other treatment options because they generally do not fail or need replacement

Brian Dorfman, MD, DMD
Phoenix Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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