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Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

Osseous Surgery Medically Necessary

06/02/2009

Question:

My medical insurance said that if I go to an oral surgeon rather than a periodontist, osseous surgery may be covered as medically necessry. My perodontist says it`s not possible because not having the surgery is not a threat to my health. I really can`t go on like this and feel the surgery is medically necessary to my overall health and well being. What do you say?

Answer:

This is a complex subject. There are two sides - people who believe that gum diseases threatens the health of patients and people who don't. You can find research done from both sides. Regardless, I will say that the insurance will not cover. In my opinion you should take care of the problem if you want to keep your teeth in the long term.

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Response by:

Alfredo  Hernandez, DDS, MS Alfredo Hernandez, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Care
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University