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Veteran Health Indiana

 

Dental

Our Dental Service is committed to improving the oral health of our patients. We deliver comprehensive, state-of-the-art, quality dental care to eligible Veterans. Most Veterans are not eligible for routine dental services, so please check with the Fee Basis Section (317-988-4668) regarding your eligibility. In selected cases, limited dental services may be provided to some Veterans with VA treated medical conditions directly and severely compromised by active dental infection.

Services available for eligible patients when indicated:
•Restorative Dentistry: including fillings, crowns and bridgework;
•Prosthodontic Services: including partial and full dentures, implant dentistry;
•Periodontics: including dental hygiene program, treatment of gum disease and placement of implants;
•Endodontics (root canal).

For information regarding dental eligibility, please call Fee Basis Dental Section at 317-988-2646.

Dental Clinic: Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Dental Eligibility

Veterans often have questions about whether or not they can get dental care at the VA. Federal law limits the dental benefits provided by the VA. Below are some common questions about who may qualify for outpatient VA dental care.

Who is eligible for routine outpatient dental care?

  • Veterans who receive money for a service-connected dental disability, or those who are 100% service-connected (permanent) for any condition.
  • Veterans who were prisoners of war.
  • Veterans recently discharged from active duty who did not have their dental treatment completed before discharge. They can receive one-time treatment if their DD214 shows dental treatment was not completed. An application must be made within 180 days of separation from active duty.

Who is eligible for emergency outpatient dental care?

Treatment for patients not otherwise eligible is limited to treating a dental condition that endangers the patient's life or health. These patients will be billed for the treatment at the prevailing VA rate and referred to the private sector for followup and routine care.

If I received routine dental care while I was in the service, are my teeth service-connected?

No. Only those veterans that have been rated under the 9900 series of the schedule for rating disabilities may be service-connected for loss of teeth or bone dur to traumatic injury.

Do any other Veterans receive outpatient dental care?

  • Veterans who have a very serious VA treated medical condition, which is directly and adversely complicated by active inflammatory dental problems, may receive necessary limited dental care to improve the dental condition. Examples include patients undergoing heart transplant or valve replacement surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy with acute or chronic dental infections.
  • Veterans approved for a VA vocational rehabilitation program that are referred by their rehabilitation counselor may receive basic dental care necessary to enable them to enter or remain in their rehabilitation training.
  • Any Veteran with a non-healing oral lesion can be referred for a head and neck oral cancer screening examination. Biopsies may be done to rule out oral cancer.
  • Patients who were seen for emergency dental treatment while hospitalized in the VA Medical Center may receive emergency follow up on their emergency dental condition if necessary.

The laws that determine who qualifies for dental care are much more complex than the summary given above. If you believe that you qualify for VA dental care, contact the Fee Basis Dental eligibility office at (317) 988-2646 to verify your service connection and to apply for care. You may also discuss your dental problems with your health care provider who can review your medical conditions. Your health care provider may send a Dental Consult to see if you may be eligible for any type of Outpatient Dental Care.

Contact Info

Location

  • Indianapolis VAMC

Contact Number(s)

  • 317-988-2733

Hours of Operation

  • 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.