If you’ve ever had a tooth removed, you may have noticed how the empty space can make your smile look uneven. You may also have found that eating or speaking can be difficult, as the remaining teeth can shift. Dental implants are a way to replace one or more missing teeth and can improve both the appearance and function of your smile.
However, dental implants can be difficult to fund out of pocket, begging the question – can you claim for dental implants on Medicare?
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Dental Coverage on Medicare
Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover dental implants in Australia. This is because they are considered elective procedure – which means that it is not a medically necessary treatment.
Other Funding Options
Even though you won’t be covered under Medicare for dental implants, there are still a few other options that may help you to fund the procedure.
Private Health Insurance
You may be able to get some coverage for dental implants if you have private health insurance. Check with your insurer to check what dental benefits you qualify for.
Dental Implant Financing
There are a number of companies that offer financing specifically for this procedure. This could help you to spread the cost of the procedure over a period of time.
If you are able to save up the money for implants, this can be a great option as you won’t need to pay interest or incur debt. You may also be able to get a discount if you pay for the procedure in cash.
If you are a pensioner or health care card holder, you may be able to get some assistance from the government to help you cover the cost of the procedure.
Patients sometimes have access to early access of their super for grounds such as a chronic medical condition. This can be discussed further with your dentist accordingly.
Book an Appointment
Making the decision to get dental implants is a personal one. If you are considering implants, speak to your dentist or doctor to see if they are right for you. There may also be alternative treatments that could be more suitable.
Rockingham Dental Centre offers a wide range of dental services, including cosmetic, general, and children’s dentistry. Visit our website or call us to book an appointment.