Health First Colorado Dental Benefits

Dental services are a program benefit for enrolled Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid program) members of all ages.

What does the dental benefit cover?

See the Children's Dental Benefits page for more information about benefits for Health First Colorado members under age 21.

The adult dental benefit is available to eligible adult Health First Colorado members (21 and over) and covers:

  • Annual dental exams and cleanings
  • Diagnostic and restorative dental services (such as x-rays and fillings)
  • Extractions (tooth pulling)
  • Root canals *
  • Crowns*
  • Partial dentures*
  • Complete dentures*
  • Periodontal scaling*
  • Other procedures requiring *prior authorization are also available.

Emergency services and dentures are not subject to the $1,500 limit per state fiscal year.

The replacement of lost, stolen, or unrepairable broken dentures are an once per member lifetime benefit.


Historically, Health First Colorado has covered dental services for children, but not for adults. Lack of preventive dental coverage can contribute to a range of serious health complications and drives Health First Colorado costs for both emergency and medical services.

In 2013 the Department created a new limited dental benefit in Health First Colorado for adults age 21 and over. Effective July 1, 2019 adult members will now receive up to $1,500 in dental services per state fiscal year which runs from July 1 to June 30.

Health First Colorado Partners with DentaQuest

Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid program) has partnered with DentaQuest to help our members find a dentist and help us manage our members' dental benefits. All Health First Colorado members will receive member identification cards along with a welcome packet from DentaQuest with information about your dental benefit coverage, how to use your dental benefits, and where to get information if you have questions.

DentaQuest operates a customer service center to specifically answer Health First Colorado members' dental questions. DentaQuest's Member Services is available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time at: 1-855-225-1729, TTY: 711, or at

How can I find a dentist who accepts Health First Colorado?

Part of DentaQuest's role is to help Health First Colorado increase the number of dentists who accept Health First Colorado and to help members find a dentist. Contact DentaQuest customer service at the number above, or visit to find a dentist near you. You can also search for dentists on our Find a Doctor page.

Where can I get more information?