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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)
Osseous Surgery Medically Necessary
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?
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.
Alfredo Hernandez, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Care
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University