We are pleased that you are interested in the Dental Service of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. Our mission is to provide and promote personalized, proactive, patient-driven dental care to our patients. If you have a question about dental care in our clinics that is not answered by viewing this site, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to assist you.
Services Provided for Eligible Patients:
- Examination and other Diagnostic Services
- Preventive Dentistry
- Restorative Dentistry: including fillings, crowns and bridgework
- Prosthodontic Services: including partial and full dentures, implant dentistry
- Dental Hygiene: cleaning teeth and management of gum disease
- Endodontics (root canal)
- Oral Surgery
Routine dental services are provided by appointment only. Emergency care is usually available without an appointment. Please call 727-398-6661 extension 5596 for more information.
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 rated 100% service-connected (a temporary 100% rating is not eligible)
- Veterans who are former prisoners of war
- Veterans recently discharged from active duty service who did not have their dental treatment completed before discharge. These veterans can receive one-time dental treatment if their DD214 shows dental treatment was not completed. An application must be made within 180 days of separation from active duty
To determine eligibility for VA dental care please contact the Eligibility staff at 727-398-6661 extension 4753.
Do any other Veterans receive outpatient dental care?
- Veterans receiving outpatient medical care may receive limited dental care if they have a dental condition which their VA medical and dental care providers determine is complicating a medical condition currently under treatment by the VA
- Veterans approved for a VA vocational rehabilitation program with a referral from 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 seen for a head and neck oral cancer screening examination. Biopsies may be done to rule out oral cancer
- Veterans who have successfully completed 60 days in a qualifying Homeless program can receive a focused dental treatment
What about humanitarian dental care?
- Veterans who do not have established dental eligibility may receive emergency dental care as a humanitarian service, but will be billed for the treatment. The treatment is limited to that necessary to address acute pain or a dental condition determined to be endangering life or health. The present fee for emergency care is $487.00 per visit.
If I am not eligible for routine dental care from the VA, can I get information about reduced fee dental services available in the community?
- All of the Dental Service clinics of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System maintain a list of community dental clinics located in our catchment areas. Please contact us for a copy of the list.
What about the new VA Dental Insurance program?
- The VA recently implementing a comprehensive national VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) to give enrolled Veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries the opportunity to purchase dental insurance through Delta Dental and MetLife at a reduced cost. Participation is voluntary and purchasing a dental plan does not affect Veterans current eligibility for VA dental services and treatment.
If I received routine dental care while I was in the service, are my teeth service-connected?
- No. Only those Veterans who have been rated under the 9900 series of the schedule for rating disabilities are service-connected for a dental condition.
If I am eligible for VA Dental Care, but choose to go to a private dentist instead, will the VA pay for my dental care?
- No. The use of non-VA care services is at the discretion of the VA, not the patient.