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Dental Care

If you qualify for VA dental care benefits, you may be able to get some or all of your dental care through VA. Find out how to get VA dental care or how to buy dental insurance if you don’t qualify.

Can I get VA dental care benefits for some or all of my dental care?

It depends on a number of factors, like your military service history and your current health and living situation. Based on these factors, VA places you into a benefits class—and you get the specific benefits assigned to that class. See the section below for more information.


What VA dental care benefits do I qualify for?

Click on the statement below that describes you best to find out your benefits class and the dental benefits you may qualify for:

  • You’re in: Class I

    You may qualify for: Any needed dental care

  • You’re in: Class IIC

    You may qualify for: Any needed dental care

  • You’re in: Class IV

    You may qualify for: Any needed dental care*

    *Please note: If you’re being paid at the 100% disabling rate based on a temporary rating (for a reason such as a long stay in the hospital or rehab care), that doesn’t qualify you for this benefit.

  • You’re in: Class IV

    You may qualify for: Any needed dental care*

    *Please note: If you’re being paid at the 100% disabling rate based on a temporary rating (for a reason such as a long stay in the hospital or rehab care), that doesn’t qualify you for this benefit.

  • You’re in: Class II

    You may qualify for: 1-time dental care

    You can get this care only if:

    • You were discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable, and
    • You apply for dental care within 180 days of discharge or release, and
    • Your DD214 certificate of discharge doesn’t show that you had a complete dental exam and all needed dental treatment before you were discharged*

    *Please note: Public Law 83 enacted June 16, 1955, amended Veterans’ eligibility for outpatient dental services. As a result, any Veteran who got a dental award letter from VBA dated before 1955 in which VBA determined the dental conditions to be noncompensable is no longer eligible for Class II outpatient dental treatment.

  • You’re in: Class IIA

    You may qualify for: Any dental care needed to make sure you have and can keep a functioning dentition (a working set of teeth)

    You should know: A Dental Trauma Rating (VA Form 10-564-D) or VA Regional Office Rating Decision letter (VA Form 10-7131) will tell you the tooth/teeth/condition(s) that are trauma rated.

  • You’re in: Class III

    You may qualify for: Dental care to treat the oral conditions that a VA dental care provider concludes are directly making your service-connected health condition worse

  • You’re in: Class V

    You may qualify for: Dental care that a VA dental care provider concludes is needed to:

    • Make it possible for you to be in the vocational rehab program, or
    • Make it possible for you to reach the goals of your vocational rehab program, or
    • Prevent you from having to stop your rehab program, or
    • Help you get back to your rehab program faster if you’ve had to stop (and are in “interrupted” or “leave” status), or
    • Help you get back to your rehab program faster if you’ve 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
  • You’re in: Class VI

    You may qualify for: Dental care to treat the dental issue that a VA dental care provider finds is making the health condition you’re being treated for harder to treat

  • You’re in: Class IIB

    You may qualify for: A 1-time course of dental care that a VA dental care provider concludes you need to:

    • Relieve pain, or
    • Get a job, or
    • Treat moderate, severe, or complicated and severe gingival and periodontal conditions (gum infections that can lead to pain, swelling, and bone and tooth loss if not treated)
  • You’re in: Inpatient status

    You may qualify for: Dental services that a VA dental care provider—working with your primary care provider—concludes you need to manage a health condition a doctor is currently treating you for


How do I apply for VA dental care benefits?

You can apply online by filling out the 10-10EZ health care application.

Apply for Benefits


Where do I go for VA dental care?

We provide dental care to qualified Veterans at over 200 dental clinics across the country, including Alaska and Puerto Rico. Find a VA dental clinic near you.


If I can’t get VA dental care benefits, can I get help buying dental insurance?

You may be able to buy dental insurance at a reduced cost through the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) if you:

Learn more about VADIP.

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