While active-duty servicemembers receive dental care from at military treatment facilities, family members of active-duty personnel, non-active duty National Guard and Reserve members and their families, and retirees and their families, and survivors of active-duty servicemembers have the option to enroll in the TRICARE dental program.
TRICARE Dental is not available to children who are otherwise eligible for coverage through TRICARE Young Adult, nor is it available to former spouses, parents, parent-in-law, or disabled veterans.
The program covers the following dental care:
- Exams, teeth cleanings, and X-rays
- Root canals
- Gum/periodontal surgery
- Oral surgery and tooth extractions
- Crowns and dentures
- Orthodontics and braces
- Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) for diabetic patients
- Additional cleanings for pregnant women
- Anesthesia for patients older than 5 years with physical, developmental, or mental disabilities
How much you pay for your monthly premiums and your cost share will depend on whether enrollment is sponsor-only or family, the sponsor’s status (active-duty, National Guard/Reserve, or retired), and, when enrolling in the Retiree program, the area in which the beneficiary lives.
If you live in an area where you do not have access to a network dental provider, you can complete a non-availability and referral authorization form to have your dental care covered. Servicemembers who are stationed or reside more than 50 miles away from a military dental facility will need to file for authorization to have non-network dental provider treatments covered under the Active Duty Dental Program, or “ADDP”.
For access to forms you may need to file for dental coverage, visit http://tricare.mil/Resources/Forms/DentalForms.aspx and select your program.