Veterans Health Administration
Information for Patients - VA Dentistry
Understanding Veterans' Needs
Patients are treated by compassionate and responsive dental staff familiar with the unique health care needs of Veterans. The VA dental corps includes many current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, who because of their own military experience, understand Veterans' health concerns. Just got out of the service? Check out VA Services: Dental.
Highly Trained Dentists
VA dentists use the latest dental procedures and pain control techniques. Most VA dentists have received advanced training in their specialties.
Veteran dental care is provided in modern clinics that adhere to the highest standards of hygiene and infection control.
Types of Services
Dental benefits include a full range of services for eligible Veterans. Below are some of the many services offered by VA Dentistry:
- Regularly scheduled cleaning and x-rays.
- Restorative procedures such as fillings, crowns and bridges.
- Comfortable, well-fitting dentures.
- Oral surgery such as tooth extractions.
- Access to oral and facial reconstruction surgery resulting from trauma or serious illness.
VA dental services are located throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. You can find a dental clinic in your area by using the interactive map on the following VA linked page: Locate a VA Dental Clinic.
Eligibility for VA Dental Care Benefits
VA dental care eligibility and Veteran dental care benefits are based on a number of factors. All Veterans are encouraged to contact their nearest VA to find out if they qualify for dental care benefits. Those eligible receive the necessary VA dental care to maintain, restore, and improve oral health and masticatory function, including repeat care. For eligibility and dental care benefits, see the following links, especially the Dental Benefits for Veterans (IB 10-442) publication:
- Dental Benefits for Veterans (IB 10-442)
- Dental Benefits for Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF/OND)
- Health Benefits for Veterans
- Homeless Veterans Dental Website
- Cost of Care for Veterans Health Benefits
- Apply Online for VA Health Care Benefits
VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP)
If you're an enrolled Veteran who's not eligible for VA Dental Care benefits, the VA is implementing a comprehensive national VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) to give you the opportunity to purchase dental insurance at a reduced cost. Click on this link for more information: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vadip/. Also check out the VA Dental Insurance (VADIP) Fact Sheet.
How to Apply Online for VA Dental Care, and other Useful Links for Veterans
To apply online, click this link to the online 10-10EZ form, the fastest and easiest way to apply for VA Dental Care! Other helpful and useful links for Veterans can be found at this VA page: Useful Links for Veteran Dental Patients
Create Your Own Personal Health Record
To see how to create your own Personal Health Record (PHR), one that you have total control over, click My HealtheVet. My HealtheVet was designed for Veterans, active duty Servicemembers, their dependents and caregivers. It helps you partner with your health care team, and provides you with opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage your own health care.