With all the excitement of Medicare enrollment, it is important to keep in mind that Medicare has its limits. Medicare Part A covers hospital care and Part B covers outpatient care, neither cover most vision and dental procedures. Basic services cleanings, fillings, exams, and glasses are not covered.
What limited dental & vision coverage does Medicare offer?
Under Medicare Part A emergency situations are covered in certain circumstances:
If you have a problem with your jaw, Medicare Part A might cover the reconstruction of the jaw or a tooth extraction that is the result of a jaw injury.
Medicare Part A will cover the hospital stay for a complicated dental procedure, but not the procedure itself.
Medicare Part A might cover a preliminary dental exam if it’s required for certain medical treatments such as a kidney or heart transplant. This typically depends on who is performing the exam.