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Dental Care

The Military Health System (MHS) is responsible for the overall oral health and readiness of service members—both active and the Reserve component. Additionally, the MHS offers dental insurance plans that all other TRICARE beneficiaries can purchase if they choose.

Dental Care for Service Members

Oral health classifications determine if a service member is deployable. To learn more, see the Policy on Standardization of Oral Health Readiness Classifications.

Class  Description  Deployable? 
1 Patients with a current dental examination and don't require dental treatment or evaluation.  Yes
2 Patients with a current dental examination, who require non-urgent dental treatment or evaluation that are unlikely to result in dental emergencies within 12 months. Yes
3 Patients who require urgent or emergency dental treatment. No
4 Patients who require periodic dental examinations or patients with unknown dental classifications. No

Active Duty Service Members

Active duty service members, including activated Reserve component members, get most dental care from military dental clinics. 

Reserve Component Members

The Reserve Health Readiness Program (RHRP) is a Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency program that helps to supplement the Reserve Components' readiness mission and satisfy key deployment requirements by providing medical and dental services to all Reserve Component forces. Dental exams and treatment are provided based on a member's Service component.

  • Reserve component members may qualify to purchase one of TRICARE's voluntary dental insurance plans, based on his or her military status (see below).
  • If a dental injury is incurred in the line of duty, service members also qualify for Line of Duty Dental Care through the ADDP.

TRICARE Dental Insurance Plans

TRICARE offers two voluntary dental insurance plans that TRICARE beneficiaries may purchase. These plans are separate from the TRICARE health plan, each with their own enrollment process, premiums and costs.

Plan  Eligible Beneficiaries 
TRICARE Dental Program
  • Family members of active duty service members
  • Reserve component members (not on active duty or covered by the Transitional Assistance Management Program)
  • Family members of Reserve component members
  • Transitional survivors
TRICARE Retiree Dental Program 
  • Retired service members
  • Family members of a retired service member
  • Retired Reserve component members
  • Family members of retired Reserve component members
  • Medal of Honor recipients
  • Family member of Medal of Honor recipients
  • Survivors

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