Proper coverage is crucial to ensure that you have access to the dental care you need. One of the options available is Medicaid programs.
At Porter Dental, we accept Medicaid coverage. Here’s what you need to know about Medicaid and your children’s dental health.
We Accept Medicaid & Your State Plan
Not all dentists accept Medicaid. Individual practices can decide which insurance providers they accept, including whether or not they want to accept Medicaid and other programs.
At Porter Dental, we accept Medicaid as well as most dental plans to make dental care easier to access. Being a Medicaid dentist allows us to better serve the community and provide a wide range of preventative services at little to no cost to help children adopt good oral health habits early.
What to Expect During Your Visit
We will gather insurance information when you check-in. All you have to do is share your Medicaid enrollment information, and our billing specialists will take care of submitting a claim to Medicaid for the services received.
What Does Medicaid Cover?
Medicaid covers a wide range of dental services for children under 21. You can get coverage for routine dental exams, as well as preventative dentistry services like teeth cleanings, sealants, or fluoride treatments.
Medicaid also covers imaging services like X-rays for children, which we sometimes use to diagnose dental health problems.
Children who qualify for Medicaid will get coverage for restorative services like fillings, crowns, root canals, dentures, and bridges. In some cases, coverage for braces is available.
Your child will also get coverage for different surgical procedures, such as tooth extractions or treating abscesses.
When you schedule an appointment for your child, we will start by looking for signs of tooth decay, cavities, and other issues. We will discuss our findings as well as treatment options.
We make this process as transparent as possible. You’ll know exactly which treatments your child needs and what Medicaid covers.
Why Use Porter Dental as Your Medicaid Dentist
We pride ourselves on being a dentist for the whole family. We specialize in kids treatments, but also service our adult patients with expertise. We know how important it is for your family to receive quality dental treatments, so that’s why offer:
- Flexible scheduling – so you’re entire family can get braces when it works for them
- We accept many forms of payment – From Medicaid and payment plans to insurance, we offer many ways to pay for your treatment.
- We make kids comfortable with the dentist – Our offices specialize in kids care so we know how to ensure kids have a tranquil time in our chairs
- Our Dental Discount Plan – No insurance or Medicaid? Don’t let that stop you from visiting us. We offer a Dental Discount plan that pays for itself in the first visit.
- Multiple locations throughout Maryland – we want visiting the dentist to be as convenient as possible so we’re sure there is a location near you!
Schedule an Appointment with Porter Dental Today
As a Medicaid dentist, Porter Dental offers a wide range of dentistry services for children at little to no cost to you if you qualify for one of the Medicaid programs.
Schedule a routine dental exam today to help your child adopt good dental health habits and catch potential dental problems early.
Want to Know More? FAQs about Medicaid and the Dentist
The Importance of Dental Exams and Preventative Dental Care
One of the main benefits of enrolling in a Medicaid program is that your child will have access to routine dental exams through a Medicaid dentist.
These exams are crucial for your child’s dental health because we can assess their overall oral hygiene and look for common issues like cavities and tooth decay. Medicaid covers treatment for these common problems.
We can help your child achieve better dental health with services like teeth cleanings. Children who are at risk for cavities or tooth decay can benefit from preventative treatments like sealants or fluoride treatments. These options prevent further damage to the teeth.
These routine exams are also an opportunity to talk about oral health and hygiene. For young children, an exam often includes demonstrating how to brush and floss properly.
As your child gets older, your dentist can discuss issues like tobacco use or oral piercings. We can also assess whether your child needs braces, which Medicaid sometimes covers.
Seeing a dentist regularly will help your child adopt good dental health habits that will support a healthy smile throughout their entire life.
Medicaid provides coverage for these exams until your child turns 21. You should schedule your child’s first routine dental exam once they turn three so they can start learning about good oral hygiene, but some parents choose to bring their child earlier.
Ideally, you should schedule these routine exams every six months. However, the ideal frequency can vary based on your child’s unique needs.
Does Medicaid Offer Dental Coverage for Adults?
Medicaid offers a lot less coverage for adults when it comes to dentistry. In Maryland, Medicaid only offers coverage for emergency dental care for adults.
We recommend purchasing additional coverage for adults. A dental plan will help you get access to routine exams and other preventative services that Medicaid doesn’t cover.
Who Qualifies for Medicaid?
Overall, there are 72.5 million Americans who receive coverage through a Medicaid program.
Your family has to meet some income requirements to qualify for one of the programs offered in Maryland. The income limits vary depending on the size of your family, your age, whether you have children, and whether you’re pregnant.
If you don’t have coverage, you can start the enrollment process online via the Maryland Getaway and find out more about income requirements.