Will Medicaid Cover Porcelain Veneers?
I’ve had cancer which destroyed my teeth. Is there a chance Medicaid would cover porcelain veneers so I wouldn’t be embarrassed by my smile? It was caused by a medical issue.
I’m terribly sorry for what you’ve gone through. Radiation and chemotherapy can be tremendously hard on teeth. Unfortunately, Medicaid won’t be willing to help with that. They would be more likely to pay to have your teeth extracted and have you get dentures than to pay for a cosmetic procedure, even though dentures are more likely to cause you lifelong health problems.
Even when they do pay for procedures, they rarely pay for much of the actual cost.
What Will Medicaid Cover?
I would visit with a dentist who accepts Medicaid or who advertises as an affordable dentist. Make a list of what needs to be done with your teeth to get them back in shape. You can do it a little at a time, in order of urgency.
I’m assuming there is decay. That’s the first priority. Even with porcelain veneers, that would need to be dealt with first. If some decay is large, you’ll need a porcelain crown. If it’s on a visible tooth, make sure it’s an all-porcelain crown. These are much more beautiful.
If your teeth have undergone staining, teeth whitening is an affordable way to take years off your appearance. It can give you renewed confidence.
There is a consideration here. Dental work doesn’t whiten. So, if you’ll need any dental work on front teeth you have a couple of choices. First, you can do the whitening before getting the dental work done on the front teeth. Then, that work can be done to match the new, white color.
A second option is to get the work done, trying to “estimate” the color. That rarely works. Most people end up redoing the work after their teeth are bleached when they go that route.
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