Will BCBS cover Dental Implants?

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20yearvet
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   Posted 7/25/2011 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
My teeth used to be perfect but after decades of steroids and drugs for Crohn's are now very bad. I have spent a fortune of crowns and root canals, but I just broke another tooth and need yet another root canal and crown. I am told to protect the other weak teeth, I probably need another SIX crowns.

A long-term fix would be implants. Has anyone had success in getting their MEDICAL insurance (BCBS) to cover implants because the tooth and gum problems are part of the disease?

HELP!

Homeboy
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   Posted 7/25/2011 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Paying for it myself here.

I did find some dental insurance through humana, about 15$ a month, google humana dental.
It helped me, I need to get back on it, they stopped it for mississippi for some reason, now it's back again.

There is a dental school, University of tennessee, here in Memphis, I need to get back in, it's a process.
Their prices are good, but you will be working with students.
You have to visit the link below, call, setup a screening appointment.

www.uthsc.edu/dentistry/Patients/

I found one place, that seems like a really great organization.

Dental lifeline. They help people with disability.

They are currently not taking applications for mississippi, or tennessee, they have a 2+ year waiting period for those 2 states.
If you live elsewhere, I would give them a call, or visit their website.

www.nfdh.org/

Homeboy
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   Posted 7/25/2011 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Also;

I am considering taking my business elsewhere.

Look the site over, check out the prices, it's tempting.

www.riodental.com/prices.html

littlemissmuffet
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   Posted 7/26/2011 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I considered a dental implant at one time, but my dentist told me that if there was any chance I would take steriods again in the future it would be inadvisable to have an implant.  He told me steriods can affect the bone and cause the gum to reject the implant

petittarte
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   Posted 7/26/2011 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Most dental insurance doesn't cover implants either.

viennaman
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   Posted 3/22/2012 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I have BCBS and Wetness but had to take a loan for a bridge.

petittarte
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   Posted 7/13/2012 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not aware of any dental insurance plan that will cover the cost of the implant. They will cover partial cost for the extraction and post and crown though.

sherbear46
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   Posted 7/13/2012 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I have Metlife dental insurance and they do cover implants but I only get 1500 in coverage a year. Dental implant from start to finish is 3-4K or higher.
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HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 7/13/2012 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
You would have to check with your local BCBS - they are not the same at each member of the association.

From what I have seen in dental research, the concern over implants in CD patients is big. I looked into them because I have crumbling teeth and continuing to get crowns gets costly---I wait 9 months between them to stay under my annual max, but my coinsurance is still large. As someone posted above, there is concern over the long-term ramifications of the implants. I can not find the article, but the concern was not just steroid related but also an issue if the implant would cause increased risk for oral CD issues.

Finally, you can always submit a medical leter from your physician to try to make the coverage under your medical plan pre-approved.
Still holding on with just Pentasa! Doc says most of my problems are side effects of my resection ('90) and my disease is doing GREAT and no sign of a repeat fistula. Meds now to control the lack of TI and happy to be out and about.
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