What kinds of medical conditions are often deemed to have Medical Necessity?
Oral disease is well documented in the medical literature to worsen many other organ diseases. This includes heart disease where mouth infection can contribute to heart attack, thrombosis (blood clots) leading to stroke, and vascular and valvular infection. Mouth disease adds to the risk of pulmonary (lung) infection and can contribute to serious pneumonia. Patients with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at great risk of pulmonary infections from mouth disease. Patients with diabetes are at great risk of infections in other parts of their bodies as a result of bacteria from gum disease (pyorrhea).
The mouth is the main target of diabetic infection and poor healing. Patients with Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other Gastrointestinal Disorders (GI) issues have many of these problems due to poor diet and not being able to choose healthy food groups for good nutrition. A recent study by the cancer society links colon cancer to periodontal (gum) disease and chronic infections in the mouth. If you have any of these conditions and major dental disease, you may qualify for Medical Necessity and have a portion of major dental services covered.
Do teeth play a role in general health?
Teeth in later life are essential for nutrition. Denture patients often become disabled from poor nutrition. Teeth firmly attached to dental implants give patients a better quality of life even in the late stages of life. Many patients have shared stories of a loved one who would have had a much better quality of life if they had only had better teeth to chew with to contribute to better health.
Due to all these issues, many patients with significant mouth disease may qualify for medically needed procedures that Dr. Matiasevich can perform to move them towards a disease-free and functional oral health.