Best Medicare Advantage Dental Plans for Seniors

The best Medicare Advantage dental plans will depend on your needs. See which providers top our list in the article below.
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By Kate Ashford, CSA® 
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Original Medicare doesn’t cover routine dental services, such as cleanings, fillings and extractions. Those on Medicare can buy a separate dental policy or turn to Medicare Advantage plans, most of which offer some cost help for dental care in addition to other benefits.

The vast majority (97%) of Medicare Advantage plans offer some access to dental care, although the type of coverage and limits on cost sharing vary. A plan might cover twice-a-year cleanings, for instance, but no fillings or other dental work.

If you’re looking for the best dental insurance for seniors on Medicare Advantage, here are our top picks.

Best dental insurance for seniors on Medicare

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States available
Members in high-rated plans
Member experience
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UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage - UHC

UnitedHealthcare

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3.87
3.87 /5
49 states and Washington, D.C.Medium (50% to 89%)3.12 (Average)

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Cigna Medicare Advantage

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3.76
3.76 /5
29 states and Washington, D.C.Medium (50% to 89%)3.49 (Above average)

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Aetna Medicare Advantage

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3.98
3.98 /5
46 states and Washington, D.C.Medium (50% to 89%)3.79 (Above average)

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Wellcare Medicare Advantage

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3.03
3.03 /5
37 statesLow (49% or less)2.57 (Below average)

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Best for size of dental network: UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage - ME

UnitedHealthcare

3.87

CMS Star Rating

UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans are widely available and boast the largest Medicare Advantage provider network, although member experience ratings are average.

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States available

49 states and Washington, D.C.


Members in high-rated plans

Medium (50% to 89%)


Member experience

3.12 (Average)


States available

49 states and Washington, D.C.


Members in high-rated plans

Medium (50% to 89%)


Member experience

3.12 (Average)


Pros

  • Largest Medicare Advantage medical network of all companies, with more than 1 million providers.
  • Largest Medicare Advantage dental network, and all standard plans offer dental coverage.
  • Available in 49 states and Washington, D.C.

Cons

  • Member experience scores are average.
  • Offers one of the highest-priced special needs plans, although lower-priced plans are also available.

Standout feature: UnitedHealthcare has the largest network of dental providers of all Medicare Advantage companies, with more than 100,000 providers.

UnitedHealthcare is the biggest provider of Medicare Advantage plans in the U.S., with a presence in 49 states and Washington, D.C. UnitedHealthcare also partners with AARP and insures Medicare products with the AARP name. About two-thirds (67%) of UHC’s members are in plans with high star ratings.

Pros:

  • UHC offers the largest Medicare dental network, with more than 100,000 providers.

  • UHC plans with comprehensive dental coverage include an average of nearly seven services per plan.

  • Among UHC Medicare Advantage members, 67% are in highly rated plans.

Cons:

  • Only 83% of UHC plans offer comprehensive dental coverage, one of the lower percentages among major Medicare Advantage providers.

Best for comprehensive coverage: Cigna

Cigna Medicare Advantage

Cigna

3.76

CMS Star Rating

Cigna plans are low-cost and member experience scores are higher than average, but star ratings from the CMS have declined.

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States available

29 states and Washington, D.C.


Members in high-rated plans

Medium (50% to 89%)


Member experience

3.49 (Above average)


States available

29 states and Washington, D.C.


Members in high-rated plans

Medium (50% to 89%)


Member experience

3.49 (Above average)


Pros

  • More than 8 in 10 Cigna plans are $0-premium plans.
  • Offers a range of member benefits, such as 24/7 telehealth, meal delivery and transportation to and from health facilities.

Cons

  • Below-average star ratings.
  • Available in only 29 states and Washington, D.C.
  • The National Committee for Quality Assurance gives all Cigna plans a score of 3.5 stars or lower on their 5-point scale.

Standout feature: Nearly every Cigna Medicare Advantage plan comes with both preventive and comprehensive dental coverage, including coverage for endodontics, extractions and restorative services.

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Preventive dental coverage may include cleanings, fluoride treatment, X-rays and exams. Comprehensive dental coverage may include diagnostic services, periodontics (gums), extractions, restorative services (fillings, bridges), endodontics (root canals) and prosthodontics (artificial teeth).

Cigna isn’t the largest Medicare Advantage provider, but the company’s plans come packed with benefits: Nearly all plans include comprehensive dental coverage, and many include extras like 24/7 telehealth and meal delivery after a hospital stay. More than 8 in 10 Cigna Medicare Advantage plans have a $0 premium, and Cigna’s comprehensive dental coverage includes an average of seven covered services.

Pros:

  • All Cigna Medicare Advantage members have preventive dental coverage, and 99% have comprehensive dental coverage.

  • The average Cigna dental plan with comprehensive coverage includes seven covered services.

  • Ninety percent of comprehensive dental services from in-network providers come with a $0 copay.

  • Cigna’s member experience ratings, including metrics like care coordination and customer service, are above-average among major providers.

Cons:

  • Cigna star ratings from the CMS are below the industry average.

  • Cigna plans are available in only 29 states and Washington, D.C.

Honorable mention: Wellcare

Wellcare Medicare Advantage

Wellcare

3.03

CMS Star Rating

Wellcare, owned by Centene, offers some nice perks, such as Giveback plans that cover part or all of your Part B premium, but star ratings and member satisfaction fall below other major providers.

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States available

37 states


Members in high-rated plans

Low (49% or less)


Member experience

2.57 (Below average)


States available

37 states


Members in high-rated plans

Low (49% or less)


Member experience

2.57 (Below average)


Pros

  • Company strength: Parent company Centene is the fifth-largest for-profit Medicare Advantage provider.
  • Some plans include extra benefits such as the Spendables card, which is preloaded with funds members can use on things like over-the-counter products or their share of dental care costs.

Cons

  • Low star ratings from CMS.
  • Below-average member experience ratings on things like care coordination and customer service.

Nearly all of Wellcare’s Medicare Advantage plans offer comprehensive dental care, averaging more than six covered comprehensive services per plan. About 78% of in-network comprehensive services come with a $0 copay. Wellcare is available in 37 states.

Best for extra perks: Aetna

Aetna Medicare Advantage

Aetna

3.98

CMS Star Rating

Aetna Medicare Advantage plans are widely available and offer a variety of extra benefits. Member experience scores are also high, although star ratings fall just below the industry average.

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States available

46 states and Washington, D.C.


Members in high-rated plans

Medium (50% to 89%)


Member experience

3.79 (Above average)


States available

46 states and Washington, D.C.


Members in high-rated plans

Medium (50% to 89%)


Member experience

3.79 (Above average)


Pros

  • In addition to dental, vision and hearing, many plans offer perks like an over-the-counter allowance, meal delivery and in-home health visits.
  • More than 8 in 10 Medicare-eligible beneficiaries have access to a $0-premium Aetna plan.
  • Available in 46 states and Washington, D.C.

Cons

  • Customer satisfaction lands below industry average in some major Medicare markets.

Standout feature: In addition to providing preventive and comprehensive dental on almost all Medicare Advantage plans, Aetna coverage comes with a number of additional benefits, from CVS MinuteClinic access to a fitness reimbursement allowance.

Aetna, a CVS Health company, is the fourth-largest provider of Medicare Advantage plans, and 84% of Medicare beneficiaries have the option of a $0-premium Aetna plan. Aetna also offers stand-alone prescription drug plans in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., including some of the lowest-premium plans nationwide.

Pros:

  • Aetna is available in most states and Washington, D.C.

  • In-network preventive dental services (cleaning, X-rays and exams) are covered at 100% on all plans.

  • Ninety-four percent of in-network comprehensive dental services come with a $0 copay.

  • Some Aetna Medicare Advantage plans offer other perks, such as access to CVS MinuteClinic locations for primary care or a fitness reimbursement allowance that members can put toward activities or fitness supplies.

Cons:

  • Aetna customer satisfaction numbers land below the industry average in some major Medicare markets, according to J.D. Power’s latest survey.

  • If you go out-of-network for comprehensive dental services, a majority of procedures require coinsurance between 20% and 70%.

Best for low-cost plans: Humana

Humana Medicare Advantage

Humana

4.34

CMS Star Rating

Humana plans are widely available, highly rated by CMS and score well for member satisfaction. Humana also offers $0-premium plans in 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

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States available

49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico


Members in high-rated plans

High (90% or more)


Member experience

3.97 (Above average)


States available

49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico


Members in high-rated plans

High (90% or more)


Member experience

3.97 (Above average)


Pros

  • Offers $0-premium plans in every U.S. state except Alaska.
  • Higher-than-average overall star rating from CMS.
  • Strong member experience scores among major providers.

Cons

  • Chronic Condition Special Needs Plans available in only 22 states.
  • The National Committee for Quality Assurance gives several Humana plans a 3 or below on its 5-point scale.

Standout feature: Humana offers $0-premium Medicare Advantage plans in 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Humana is the second-biggest provider of Medicare Advantage plans and is available in 94% of U.S. counties. Humana plans enjoy strong Medicare star ratings, and nearly all of Humana’s members are in highly rated plans.

Pros:

  • All Humana Medicare Advantage plans offer preventive and comprehensive dental coverage.

  • Humana offers plans in 94% of U.S. counties, making it an option for most people.

  • Most Humana Medicare Advantage members (92%) are in a plan rated 4 stars or higher (out of 5) by the CMS.

  • Humana scores above the industry average in customer satisfaction in several major Medicare markets, according to J.D. Power’s latest study.

Cons:

  • Humana’s comprehensive dental coverage includes fewer than six services, on average. (Most common: diagnostic services, restorative services and periodontics.)

Best among startups: Devoted Health

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Devoted Health

4.63

CMS Star Rating

Devoted Health has above-average star ratings and member experience scores from CMS, but recent expansion means many plans don't have score data yet.

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States available

13 states


Members in high-rated plans

Medium (50% to 89%)


Member experience

3.41 (Above average)


States available

13 states


Members in high-rated plans

Medium (50% to 89%)


Member experience

3.41 (Above average)


Pros

  • Above-average star ratings from CMS.
  • Above-average member experience scores.
  • Most plans offer a $0 premium.

Cons

  • Offers plans in just 13 states.
  • Limited data on new plans (and the majority of plans are new).

Standout feature: As a startup, Devoted Health plans have a much higher-than-average star rating from CMS, as well as above-average member experience ratings.

Devoted Health is an up-and-comer in the Medicare Advantage space, launching in 2017 and doubling its reach by adding eight states to the roster in 2023. Its ratings are high on plans that have enough data to be measured, and all of its plans offer both preventive and comprehensive dental coverage. Since so many plans are new, however, many of them don’t have ratings.

Pros:

  •  All of Devoted Health’s plans offer both preventive and comprehensive dental coverage, with an average of more than six comprehensive services per plan.

  • Devoted Health Medicare Advantage plans cover 100% of the cost for in-network preventive and comprehensive dental care, within plan limits. 

Cons:

  • Devoted Health offers Medicare Advantage plans in only 13 states.

  • Many of Devoted Health’s plans are too new to be measured and have no star ratings.

How much does Medicare Advantage dental coverage cost?

Dental costs on a Medicare Advantage plan vary by plan and by service. Some require a copay or coinsurance for every service. For instance, if there’s 50% coinsurance (the most common coinsurance) required for a filling, you would pay 50% of the cost. Some services have a $0 copay if you use an in-network provider but require coinsurance or aren’t covered if you go out of network.

It’s worth noting that services may often be covered at a $0 copay, but with a dollar limit to what the plan will cover. For instance, there may be a $1,000 annual maximum benefit for preventive or comprehensive services (or both). For people enrolled in plans with more comprehensive dental benefits, the average annual dollar limit on coverage is $1,300, according to KFF, a health policy nonprofit. It’s important to read a plan’s Evidence of Coverage to understand the limits on any dental coverage being offered.

What if you have Original Medicare?

If you have Original Medicare, you’ll need to buy a separate dental insurance policy to cover your dental needs or pay out of pocket for dental care. Many Medicare Advantage providers also sell separate dental policies, or you can look for policies with companies like Delta Dental, Liberty, Spirit Dental or Guardian.

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How to shop for Medicare Advantage plans

Medicare Advantage plans aren’t just about dental coverage — you’ve got to get the right coverage for all of your health care. Here are some strategies for finding the best plan for you:

  • Check star ratings. The CMS collects data on Medicare Advantage plans from member surveys, the plans themselves and medical providers, and then assigns a star rating based on the results. The star rating is on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best.

  • Compare out-of-pocket costs. Each plan will have a monthly premium (many Medicare Advantage plans have no premium) and a maximum out-of-pocket cost, which is the most you’ll pay in a year for covered health care.

  • Keep your meds in mind. Your medications may seem like an afterthought, but make sure you investigate how each plan will cover your medications — or whether they’re covered at all.

  • Look for your doctors. If you’ve got a list of caregivers and medical facilities you use and prefer, look for plans that include them.

  • Consider the plan type. If you see specialists frequently and you don’t want to seek a referral for every office visit, a PPO plan is probably the better fit. If you’re a light health care user and see mostly your primary care physician, an HMO might be more affordable.

  • Drill down on dental. If a plan notes that it offers dental, keep clicking until you get all the details in a plan’s Evidence of Coverage. Make sure you understand what services are included, what kind of copays and coinsurance you may have to pay and whether there’s an annual limit on what the plan will spend.

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You can sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan when you first become eligible for Medicare (your initial enrollment period) or during designated annual enrollment periods, such as Medicare open enrollment in the fall and Medicare Advantage open enrollment in the spring.

For information on the Medicare Advantage plans near you, use Medicare’s plan finding tool to see what’s available.

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