What If I Don’t Like My Medicaid Options?
I need to replace some teeth that I’m losing due to gum disease. I want to replace them with dental implants, but I’m on Medicaid. I just found out that they won’t cover that. I really don’t want dentures. So, is there a way to get the treatment I really want?
I’m going to address your gum disease first. As you’ve learned through the teeth you’re losing, gum disease is serious. Unfortunately, it’s so serious, that it means you can’t get dental implants just yet. Just like your teeth came loose, so will the dental implants. Though, if you’re serious about getting the implants a dentist can help you.
Tell your dentist you’d like to get aggressive about treating your gum disease. Though, he should be the one suggesting that to you! After your gums are healthy, then dental implants are a great solution for missing teeth.
The next issue to be dealt with is how to pay for it. Medicaid will only cover the most basic care. That’s why it will cover a removable partial denture but not dental implants. But, if you want dental implants there’s a couple of things you can do. First, you can have removable partial dentures paid for, but get dental implants. You’ll have to make up the cost difference.
It will be well worth the investment if you decide to do that. If you don’t have that kind of money (and many people don’t), you can try a dentist who does payment plans or use Care Credit. That will allow you to get the treatment but pay in out a little at a time. Often, you can get zero percent interest.
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