VA dental care benefits can be difficult to qualify for. VA only offers dental care benefits to certain qualifying veterans, based on a “Class” system.
If you qualify for VA dental care benefits, you may be able to get some or all of your dental care through Veterans Health Administration.
I will cover the different classes of VA dental care for disabled veterans as well as the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) for those that do not qualify for free veterans dental care.
Class 1 Dental Care
Veterans with service-connected dental disabilities or conditions for which they receive compensation (i.e., monthly payments) are in Class I. Veterans in Class I qualify for any needed dental care.
Class 2 Dental Care
Veterans who served on active duty for 90 days or more during the Persian Gulf War era are in Class 2. If you are in Class 2 and you did not receive a dishonorable discharge, applied for dental care within 180 days of discharge and you have proof that you did not receive a thorough dental exam while you were on active duty you may qualify for Class 2 dental care.
Class 2A Dental Care
If you have a dental condition that is service-connected at 0% or a disability that is the result of combat wounds or service trauma are in Class 2A. If you are in Class 2A VA may take care of your dental needs but the literally say that they only need to provide you with a working set of teeth. For combat wounds or service trauma you will need a one of these two forms to tell if you meet this criteria.
Class 2B Dental Care
Veterans who are signed up to get care through the Homeless Veterans Dental Program (VHA Directive 2007-039) are in Class 2B. Veterans in Class IIB may qualify for a one-time dental care that a VA dental care provider concludes they need to achieve at least one of the goals listed below. The VA states that the goals that qualify are
1. To relieve your tooth pain
2. To help you get a job
3. To treat your severe gingival and periodontal conditions. (These are serious infections that can lead to bone or tooth lost if not treated.
Class 2C Dental Care
If you are a former prisoner of war you will fall into Class 2c dental care. VA will cover all necessary dental care to former POW’s if you meet the criteria to qualify for Class 2c dental care. Veterans who are former POWs are in Class IIC. Veterans in Class IIC may qualify for any needed dental care.
Class 3 Dental Care
You may qualify for class 3 dental care to treat the oral conditions that a VA dental care provider concludes are directly making your service-connected health condition worse
Class 4 Dental Care
Veterans with one or more service-connected disabilities rated 100 percent disabling are in Class 4. These veterans may qualify for any needed dental care; however, if they are being paid at the 100 percent disability rate based on a temporary total rating, they are not qualified for this benefit.
Veterans who are unemployable (i.e., unable to work) and receiving disability compensation at the 100 percent rate due to service-connected conditions (i.e., receiving TDIU benefits) are also in Class IV and eligible for the same dental care listed above.
Class 5 Dental Care
Veterans who are active in a 38 USC Chapter 31 Veteran Readiness and Employment program are in Class 5. Veterans in Class V may qualify for dental care that a VA dental care provider concludes is needed to achieve at least one of the goals listed below. That is, the dental care must be needed to:
- Make it possible for you to be in the employment program; or
- Make it possible for you to reach the goals of your Veteran Readiness and Employment program; or
- Prevent you from having to stop your employment program; or
- Help you get back to your employment program faster if you have had to stop (and are in “discontinued” status) because of an illness, injury, or dental condition; or
- Make it possible for you to get and adjust to a job during the period of employment assistance; or
- Make it possible for you to be fully independent in your daily living
Class 6 Dental Care
Veterans who receive VA care or are scheduled for inpatient care for a health condition and need dental care for a dental issue that is making their health conditions harder to treat are in Class 6. Veterans in Class 6 may qualify for dental care to treat the dental issue that a VA dental care provider finds is making the health condition you are being treated for harder to treat.