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A dental implant is a structure in the mouth anchored to the jawbone, meant to serve in place of a failed natural root, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It’s generally attached to a replacement tooth or bridge.

Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, does not cover dental implants (nor does it cover routine dental care).

Some Medicare Advantage plans may include routine dental services. Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) provides a way to get your Original Medicare coverage through a private, Medicare-approved health insurance company. Medicare Advantage plans must provide the same benefits as Medicare Part A and Part B, and many plans include other coverage such as routine dental care and prescription drug coverage. Medicare Part A still covers hospice care if you have a Medicare Advantage plan.

If you’re interested in looking at Medicare Advantage plans, you may want to ask the plan about its coverage of dental implants and other dental services. Be aware that you still need to continue paying your monthly Part B premium, along with any premium the Medicare Advantage plan may charge.

You can take a look at Medicare plan options in your area by just entering your zip code where indicated on this page.

You may also want to consider dental insurance (outside of Medicare) from a private insurance company. Some dental insurance plans might cover some of the costs of dental implants. To look at plans in your area, see eHealth’s plan finder tool.

This website and its contents are for informational purposes only. Nothing on the website should ever be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult with your medical provider regarding diagnosis or treatment for a health condition, including decisions about the correct medication for your condition, as well as prior to undertaking any specific exercise or dietary routine.


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