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Are Hospitals Responsible for Lost Dentures?

By September 30, 2020October 21st, 2020No Comments
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What happens if your dentures are lost at the hospital or in an ambulance?

Hospital visits can be unexpected, stressful, and expensive. In the whirlwind of a medical emergency, your loved one’s dentures are probably the last thing on your mind. However, it’s important to know what to do if your loved one loses their dentures at the hospital. Hospitals, unlike ambulances, are absolutely responsible for covering the cost of replacement dentures. If your loved one has misplaced their dentures during their hospital visit, Geriatric House Call Dentistry can help you.

How to Avoid Misplacing Dentures During Hospital Visits

If you know your loved one has a scheduled hospital visit coming up for a surgery, there are steps you can take to avoid losing their dentures.

Depending on the surgery, your loved one may have to stay in the hospital for several days, and they will need their dentures to eat. If you can’t leave their dentures at home, be sure to avoid wrapping them up in a napkin. Some patients are ashamed of their dentures and will try to hide them or keep them clean in a paper towel. When dentures are wrapped up, they may be thrown away accidentally. Keep them in their designated container when not in use. You can also leave a note to let housekeeping know the patient has dentures.

Did Your Loved One Lose Their Dentures? Geriatric House Call Dentistry Can Help

If your loved one did accidentally lose their dentures at the hospital, Geriatric House Call Dentistry can walk you through the reimbursement process. Once the hospital agrees to reimburse you for the lost dentures, we can go through the process of getting new dentures fitted and made.

In order to get reimbursed for the missing dentures, you will need to talk to the social department and file a report. Each hospital has its own reimbursement process you must follow. Missing dentures can severely impact the patient’s quality of life, so it’s critical that you file a claim and get the teeth replaced as soon as possible.

Geriatric House Call Dentistry Can Make Replacement Dentures

Whether the old dentures were made by Geriatric House Call Dentistry or another dentist, we can remake your loved one’s dentures in just a few simple steps. The process of getting dentures from Geriatric House Call Dentistry is easy. We will examine the patient’s teeth, gums, and palate. Then, we will make a mold of their mouth and have dentures made to suit their needs and budget. All of this can be done from the comfort of the patient’s home, so you don’t have to drag them out again after a stressful trip to the hospital.