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We understand the importance of having comprehensive health coverage, including coverage for dental treatment. However, there are often doubts and questions about whether dental treatment is covered under health insurance policies. In this article, we'll help you understand the coverage and limitations of dental treatment under health insurance in India.

What is Dental Treatment?

Dental treatment involves procedures and treatments that improve the health and appearance of your teeth, gums, and mouth. This includes routine check-ups, cleanings, fillings, root canal treatments, and extractions.

Does Health Insurance Cover Dental Treatment?

The coverage for dental treatment varies across different health insurance policies. While some policies may offer coverage for basic dental treatments, others may offer a more comprehensive coverage that includes major procedures like root canals and braces.

Most health insurance policies do not cover dental treatment as a standard feature. However, some policies offer optional riders that provide coverage for dental treatment. It's important to carefully review your policy to understand what is covered and what is not.

Limitations of Dental Coverage in Health Insurance

Even if dental treatment is covered under your health insurance policy, there may be limitations to the coverage. For instance, your policy may only cover a certain amount or percentage of the cost of treatment, and you may have to pay the remaining amount out of pocket.

Additionally, some policies may have waiting periods for dental coverage, meaning you may have to wait for a certain period before claiming coverage for dental treatment.

It's also important to note that dental treatment coverage may come with sub-limits, limiting the amount claimed for a particular treatment or procedure. For instance, if your policy has a sub-limit of Rs. 10,000 for root canal treatment, you can only claim up to Rs. 10,000 for this procedure, even if the total cost of the treatment is higher.

In some cases, health insurance policies may also have exclusions for certain types of dental treatment. For example, cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening may not be covered under your policy.

Conclusion: Does

While dental treatment may not be covered under every health insurance policy, some policies offer optional riders that cover basic and major dental procedures. Reviewing your policy to understand the coverage and limitations, including waiting periods, sub-limits, and exclusions is important.

At Plum, we believe in providing comprehensive coverage to our policyholders, including optional riders for dental treatment. Contact us to learn about our group health insurance policies and employee benefits.


Q. How can policyholders add dental coverage to their existing health insurance plans if they initially did not opt for it?

A. Policyholders should contact their insurance provider to inquire about adding dental coverage. Most insurers allow the addition of riders, including dental, at the time of policy renewal. The process involves reviewing available options and possibly adjusting the premium. Therefore, early communication with the insurer is crucial for a smooth update to your plan.

Q. What are the most common dental procedures covered under health insurance policies with dental riders in India?

A. Insurance policies with dental riders in India typically cover procedures like fillings, root canal treatments, and extractions. Some more comprehensive plans may also cover orthodontic treatments, including braces. However, the extent of coverage can vary. It's important to check the specifics of your policy for detailed information on covered treatments.

Q. How does the claim process work for dental treatments under health insurance, especially for treatments that exceed sub-limits or have partial coverage?

A. For dental treatments covered under health insurance, policyholders submit a claim to their insurer after receiving treatment. If the treatment cost exceeds the sub-limit, the policyholder pays the difference out of pocket. The claim process involves submitting detailed bills and, in some cases, a treatment plan approved in advance. Insurers may require pre-authorization for certain procedures. It's vital to understand your policy's terms and prepare accordingly to ensure a smooth claim process.