Short Answer: Unfortunately, regular visits to the dentist aren’t covered under Medicare Part B (medical insurance). When you need cleanings, fillings, dentures, and other dental work, you’ll either have to pay out of pocket or get supplemental insurance.
Part B only covers “medically necessary” care. That does not include dental services.
However, you have plenty of other options for dental coverage. Among them:
You can buy a stand-alone dental plan. See some options here.
Many Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) include dental benefits.
There are also a variety of providers you can turn to for dental work if you can’t afford or don’t want to pay for supplemental insurance or Medicare Advantage. These include community health centers, reduced-cost clinics, and even local dental schools.
One important caveat: Emergency dental care is covered under Medicare Part A (hospital insurance). So while you’re on your own when it comes to basic dental services, if you have to go to the hospital for something dental-related—such as an infection or surgery on your jaw—then Medicare has you covered.