Home > Coverage > Does Medicare Cover Dentures?

Does Medicare Cover Dentures?

Christian Worstell by Christian Worstell    |    Published Oct 03, 2019    |    Reviewed by John Krahnert

Although Medicare covers a broad array of health care services for seniors, Medicare does not cover the cost of dentures and other dental services, leaving a number of costs to American seniors. Permanent dentures, for example, can cost anywhere between $300 and $5,000, and denture plates can run upward of $10,000.

What Medicare Covers

Although Medicare does not cover dentures and routine dental services, Medicare Part A does cover some dental emergencies that require immediate care in a hospital. 

According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

Currently, Medicare will pay for dental services that are an integral part either of a covered procedure (e.g., reconstruction of the jaw following accidental injury), or for extractions done in preparation for radiation treatment for neoplastic diseases involving the jaw. Medicare will also make payment for oral examinations, but not treatment, preceding kidney transplantation or heart valve replacement, under certain circumstances. Such examination would be covered under Part A if performed by a dentist on the hospital’s staff or under Part B if performed by a physician.

But keep in mind that you are still responsible for your Medicare out-of-pocket costs, which include a $1,340 Part A deductible per benefit period in 2018. This deductible needs to be met before Medicare Part A will begin paying its share of the costs.

To help cover some of these out-of-pocket costs, you can purchase a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan, which helps close the gaps in coverage left by Medicare. However, Medicare Supplement Insurance does not cover routine dental costs, either.

To learn more about the Medicare Supplement Insurance plans available in your area, reach out to a licensed insurance agent.

Is your test, item or service covered by Medicare? Use this comprehensive list to learn to find out exactly what Medicare does and does not cover.  

Resource Center

Medicare and Cialis

Medicare Part D does not cover Cialis and other erectile dysfunction medications. Learn more about your options.

Read More

Getting Medicare to Cover a Genetic Test for Cancer

Although Medicare does not cover genetic testing, it does cover some other preventive services. Learn more.

Read More

A Large Gap: Medicare’s Dental Coverage

Dental care is not covered under Original Medicare, except for in the case of an emergency or services that require inpatient hospital care. Learn more.

Read More

Does Medicare Cover COPD Treatments?

Medicare covers some COPD Treatments but not others. Read on to learn what COPD is, some common treatments and what Medicare covers.

Read More

Does Medicare Cover Viagra Refills?

While Original Medicare doesn't cover Viagra, there are other options for Medicare beneficiaries suffering from erectile dysfunction. Learn more.

Read More

What Medicare Does And Does Not Cover

Unless the service is medically necessary, Medicare may not cover it. Read more about what Medicare does and does not cover.

Read More

Does Medicare Cover Chiropractic Services?

Medicare Part B does help cover certain chiropractic services that help to correct issues with the spine.

Read More

Medicare Coverage for Walkers

Medicare Part B covers walkers and other durable medical equipment if they are deemed medically necessary. Learn more about your coverage.

Read More

Will Medicare Cover the Cost of a Shingles Vaccine?

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) does not cover the shingles vaccination. Medicare Part D drug plans generally cover the vaccine.

Read More

Every 13 minutes, we help someone enroll in a plan.

Sign up for more information!

Enter your email address and get a free guide to Medicare and Medicare Supplement Insurance.

Sign Up Now