Between my cancer and my bulimia, my teeth have taken a huge hit. I need to do something about them but do not have a lot money. Is there a possibility Medicaid will cover something like porcelain veneers because it is a medical condition?
Unfortunately, Medicaid, if they cover anything, will only cover the least expensive procedure. So, if they decided they would cover this situation with your teeth (which I honestly doubt) then they would cover you having all your teeth pulled and getting dentures because that would be the least expensive solution. Although, that would be a horrible solution. That is one of the problems with government run healthcare of any kind. It’s sort of a bottom line situation only. They care less about the patient and more about the financial considerations.
When it comes to bulimia, it is the backs of your teeth that take the brunt of the damage from the vomiting. Porcelain veneers only cover the fronts of your teeth. If the damage is to the back, you may need porcelain crowns, which surround the tooth.
However, as I said above, Medicaid will not cover this. It is something you would want to save up for and get done right. I would talk to your dentist about the damage to your teeth and see if he has recommendations to help in the meantime. At the very least, you will want to get some fluoride treatments in order to help fortify your teeth while you are saving up for a solid cosmetic solution.
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