Seniors on Medicare/MediCAL and Dental Implants
THE SHORT ANSWER IS UNFORTUNATELY NO
DentiCAL does have some guidelines as far as helping with denture or partial fabrication which definitely is better than not having any prosthesis. Not wearing anything oftentimes causes malnutrition as well as change in facial structures and esthetics of one’s face, not to mention bone loss in the jaws.
Cost of a dental implant in the US on average is about $5K per tooth. This figure could vary depending on the location, bone level, further augmentation needed or not, and things alike.
If one is looking for a “fixed denture” in the mouth where the denture is being screwed onto implants for instance, the cost would be anywhere from $20-30K per arch (per jaw) depending on what is needed to accomplish that. There is no arguing that having a fixed prosthesis in the mouth is a lot more convenient and desired. However, unfortunately, finances are not abundant for everyone. We see this everyday that folks refrain from getting dentures or partials, which cost significantly less in comparison, because they are afraid of having a removable prosthesis. They want to go straight to implants though it could be years before the finances for such an endeavor is sorted out. Meanwhile, the quality of life of the individual is deeply affected by not being able to chew food properly or smile even due to lack of any presentable teeth. Mouth is the entry to the whole body. And not being able to gate it correctly, causes a lot of systemic issues.