Dear Dr. Hurley,
Can you tell me if medical insurance covers treatment for tetracycline damage to my teeth? My teeth are very sensitive and weak. I am afraid of biting into things, because I’ve chipped my front teeth before. Since my teeth were damaged from tetracycline for treatment for infections and asthma as a child, I’m hoping insurance will cover this. Can you please advise me on this?
Sharon from San Diego
It would seem practical that medical insurance would cover treating the side effects of a medical treatment like tetracycline teeth stains. Unfortunately, the medical policies normally exclude dental work though. I have yet to hear of a case of medical insurance helping to pay for the treatment of tetracycline teeth stains.
You should contact your insurance company to find out exactly what is covered on your plan.
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