Dental treatments such as:
- Restorative (Fillings, Crowns, Bridges)
- Prosthetic (Dentures)
- Endodontic (Root Canal) Therapy
- Periodontal (Gum) Therapy
- Exodontia (Extraction of Teeth)
- Radiographs (X-Rays)
In some instances, patients may have specific dental needs that make them suitable for specialty care such as:
- Oral Maxillofacial Surgery (more information below)
- Pediatric Dentistry
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Full scope diagnosis and treatment of all oral maxillofacial conditions is available to eligible beneficiaries. Patients must have a referral from their primary care provider or examining dentist.
Priority of Care
The primary mission of the 374th Dental Squadron is to maximize the dental readiness and oral health of active duty members. Priority for access to care within any Air Force Dental Clinic is governed by Air Force Manual 47-101. A policy letter establishing priority for care categories of active duty personnel is available at the reception area of the dental clinic.
Space Available (command-sponsored dependents)
By Air Force Instruction, non-urgent dental care for all non-active duty patients is limited to "Space Available" care. Availability of appointments for non-active duty beneficiaries varies greatly throughout the year.
Dental Sick Call
Sick Call is available Monday through Friday (duty days): 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. For after-hours dental emergencies, patients will need to contact Urgent Care at 225-7740.
The following are usually considered dental emergencies:
- Severe Pain
- Severe Swelling
- Uncontrollable Bleeding
- Acute Trauma
The following are generally NOT considered to be dental emergencies:
- Loose teeth (adult or baby teeth) unless associated with trauma/injury
- Loose permanent or temporary crowns and/or broken fillings or teeth that occur while eating
Children in the Dental Clinic
Parents may accompany their child/children into the dental treatment room if deemed medically necessary by a provider. Other children under the age of 12 may not be left unsupervised in the waiting area or be brought back to the dental treatment room.
Dental Options Outside of Military Dental Clinics
For dental care outside of a military dental clinic, TRICARE offers dental coverage for service members, families and survivors. Additionally, retired service members, their families and certain survivors may qualify to purchase dental coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program.
To learn more and see which plan you may use, visit www.tricare.mil/dental