When planning for health care in retirement, the cost of dental care needs special attention. Dental infections, disorders and injuries can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Preventive care is relatively low-cost, and keeping up with routine cleanings and exams — which can catch and correct problems early on — are one of the most cost-effective strategies for keeping costs under control. But, as with most dental treatments, Medicare does not cover preventive dental care.
So what does Medicare cover?
If an individual receives emergency dental care or a specific complicated dental procedure in a hospital, Medicare Part A will cover that cost. Medicare does not, however, cover other common dental treatments and supplies, such as cleanings, fillings, dentures and dental plates.