Your teeth do more than give you a dazzling smile. They’re vital to living your day-to-day life.
Teeth help you to speak, to eat, and to express yourself. When your teeth are damaged or lost, it can not only be a painful and traumatic experience; it can have a lasting impact on your confidence and your long-term physical and mental health.
The trouble is that trauma can come at the most unforeseen times. Anything from an errant baseball in the park to an unintentional headbutt from an over-excited dog can be enough to damage or dislodge a tooth. In these situations, it is clear that you need a dentist that provides emergency healthcare services for MeridianComplete of Michigan and Medicaid patients.
The good news is that a skilled emergency dentist’s swift and decisive action can help save your teeth and your smile, not to mention safeguarding your oral health!
There are many ways in which an emergency dentist can help administering on-the-spot fixes. These will often be temporary, especially if you have experienced trauma. The swelling to the mouth and gums will often prohibit permanent work from being carried out on the spot.
However, a good dentist can get you smiling and comfortable again and lay a foundation that can be followed up on later when your mouth and gums have healed. They will gladly set up a healthcare program to get your pearly whites looking good as new.
What does Medicaid and Meridian Health Plan of Michigan consider an emergency?
Michigan Medicaid does have a dental program for those enrolled in the program and under 18 or pregnant (including three months post-pregnancy for the mother.) In addition, the Meridian handbook still treats a few emergency dental procedures if you do not meet the criteria.
Per the Meridianhealth handbook (page 37):
“Emergency Care is for a life-threatening medical situation or injury that a person would seek care for right away to avoid severe harm.” The handbook goes on to state some examples of emergencies which include:
• Jaw fracture or dislocation
• Tooth abscess with severe swelling
Meridian suggests that going to the emergency room is the right plan of action for both of these types of dental emergencies. While in the ER, a healthcare worker can provide care to get you healthy with the benefit of in-network care.
How do I find an emergency dentist?
There are lots of ways an emergency dentist can help. But how do you find one?
Suppose you or an affected family member are covered by Meridian Health Plan of Michigan or Michigan Medicaid and have a dental plan. In that case, it’s quick and easy to find a dentist near you.
It is recommended to have a dentist lined up and saved in your address book in advance.
You never know when you might need one. The last thing you need is to be frantically searching for a dentist if you or a loved one have recently endured a head trauma or are experiencing extreme tooth pain.
Search Meridian’s Member Directory
Suppose you’re looking for a dentist that’s covered by your Meridian plan. In that case, you might want to head straight to the MeridianHealth website and use their Provider Directory. Input your zip code and the distance you’re able to travel, and the site will present you with a range of local options.
Contact Meridian Member Services with any questions.
Are you having no luck with the Insurance Provider Directory? You may wish to contact Meridian’s toll-free member Services helpline at 888-437-0606. They may be able to recommend emergency dental providers in your area.
Search online and contact practices directly
Suppose you’d rather speak to an emergency dentist directly. In that case, you can perform an online search and ask your nearest emergency dental care provider if they are covered by Medicaid, Meridian, or Delta Dental. It may take some trial and error, but at least you’ll be able to get a feel for the provider by scrutinizing their website before making contact.
Be sure to call and ask any questions you may have
The most common answers you will need are –
Does the office take Medicaid or Meridian of Michigan insurance coverage?
Is the office in-network for your insurance plan?
How many providers are there in the office, and do any of them have specialties?
Suppose the procedure will cost out-of-pocket funds instead of (or beyond) using your MeridianHealth Medicaid program. Do they provide a payment program?
These are all critical questions to ask an office when you are a Medicaid member.
How is Patient Empowered Dentistry different from the rest?
Though some offices have multiple providers and try to get as many patients in and out the door as possible, at Patient Empowered Dentistry, you will be seen by Dr.Christopher Dyki and his helpful staff at every visit. This setting ensures that we can develop a program to satisfy your needs while maintaining the comfort of a small community office.
Get empowered at our Eastpointe practice!
Of course, suppose you live in or around Eastpointe. In that case, you can consider us your one-stop shop for all your dental needs, including emergency dentistry. We take pride in being an office that provides the best healthcare possible to our customers with MeridianComplete and Medicaid coverage.
We’re here to help you in times of healthcare crisis. So please don’t hesitate to contact our team if you or a member of your family need emergency dentistry. In addition, we are available to provide answers to any of your MeridianComplete of Michigan questions.