Monday, January 10, 2011

Will There Be an Increasing Demand for Tooth Extractions in Some States?

An extraction of tooth #8 by Dr. Tommy Murph, one of my favorite colleagues

More than likely, especially with states like California which have eliminated routine Medicaid services for the poor, except in certain emergency circumstances.
According to The Springfield News-Leader, dental programs in Missouri may be lacking the appropriate amount of coverage for the poor and uninsured.

In recent years, legislators in the state eliminated dental care for most adults who were on Medicaid, the news source reports. Now, only those who are pregnant, blind or in a nursing home are allowed to receive dental services under a state-federal program that helps those who are underprivileged. Children are also able to be treated.

However, the news provider reports that the program does not cover dentures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 25 percent of U.S. adults who are at least 65 years old have lost all of their teeth. This may result in more people who need dentures.