• Brad Gunning

Does Medicare Cover Dental?

Updated: May 22, 2019


Routine dental care is not covered by Medicare. The following common dental procedures will not be paid for by Medicare:

  • cleanings

  • fillings

  • extractions

  • crowns

  • dentures

  • bridges

  • routine checkups

The only instance where Medicare will pay for dental services is for some dental services that are provided while you are hospitalized. In these situations, Medicare Part A will pay for the dental services. Additionally, Medicare Part A may pay for hospital stays resulting from certain major dental procedures (although the dental procedure itself likely won't be covered).

Where Do Seniors Get Dental Insurance?

Because Medicare does not cover dental care, most seniors enroll in a stand-alone dental insurance plan or opt out of Medicare and enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. Because Medicare also does not cover vision care, many stand-alone senior dental plans are combined with vision plans.

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