I have taken good care of my teeth since my 20's (I am now 61) and have generally had good oral care and healthy teeth. My dentist says that I need a FRONT tooth extracted and a bridge put in. Generally I would be in favor of this treatment except I do not have dental insurance, I am on Social Security Disability for Hydrocephalus and have had 5+ brain surgeries to install or remove various VP shunts. The cost for this proposed dental procedure is $4K and I don't have the extra cash to cover this.
I have three questions: 1) Could this decayed tooth be the result of the hydrocephalus and subsequent brain surgeries? I noticed that I started grinding my teeth after the first surgery in 2003. 2) If the tooth decay is causally linked to the hydrocephalus, shouldn't this dental procedure be covered by Medicare and AARP?
3) What is the proper process for having these questions answered by the carriers?
I have an appt on Monday with my dentist. Any help would be greatly appreciated....TY