Will medicaid cover dental implants?

I’m on medicaid, but my dentist said it won’t cover implants. Why not if I need a tooth replaced?

Amelia B. – Ohio


Unfortunately, medicaid will only cover the least expensive options. Because you have alternatives to dental implants. This is a real shame, because dental implants are by far the best treatment option.

There are ways to help make dental implants more affordable.  Each implant dentist handles this differently. No matter what method, you’ll end up footing some portion of the bill.

Speak to your dentist again and ask him what options he offers.

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Sedation for young children

My son (who is three) needs a filling. He’s not the lay back and take it type, so my dentist wanted to use sedation dentistry. I’m OK with that, because he assured me it is completely safe to use on young children and says he’s been doing it for years. My only real concern is he doesn’t want me in the operatory. This is the first time he has said that. I don’t like the fact that my son will be sedated and will not have me there to protect him. Do you know the reasons for such a policy?

Amanda H. – Ft. Worth, TX


There’s not a medical reason why you can’t be present, if that is what your asking.  However, each dentist has their own preferences in how they like to handle sedation dentistry.

If you’re worried about him being alone with a dentist while sedated, you can ask to make sure there will be other dental staff present for the entire procedure.

If it is more of the fact that it is important to you to be with your son, I recommend you speak to the dentist about your concerns.  He may make an exception.  If he doesn’t, and it’s that important to you, then you can always find another qualified dentist to do this procedure that will allow you there.

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Damaged baby tooth

I’m hoping you can settle an argument between me and my husband. We were at playgroup and some kids foot landed in my son’s mouth. It knocked on of his baby teeth loose. He’s a toddler. I say because it is a baby tooth it doesn’t need to be dealt with. Plus, he didn’t even cry and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong aside from it being loose. He says it does need to be checked out.Which of us is right?

Deanna S.- Little Rock, AR


I hope you won’t be too angry that I’m siding with your husband.  It’s the age of your son that has me concerned. If this tooth comes out, which it very likely will if it is loose, that will mean that the space where the tooth was will remain empty for quite a few years. This will lead the other teeth to shift there position, which in turn will mean expensive braces later on.

I think you should have him looked at as soon as possible. Many dentists will see you the same day in the case of dental emergencies. I think this would qualify. Your dentist may be able to stabalize the tooth. If not, he can put in a space maintainer.

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