The primary mission of the 51st Dental Squadron (51 DS) is to ensure the military dental readiness of active-duty service members. The 51 DS has the responsibility to provide care, on a space available basis, to eligible non-active duty beneficiaries and to manage assets for appropriate and needed care to all eligible beneficiaries.
To balance these missions, we prioritize care following the Department of Defense and Air Force Guidelines including Title 10 U.S.C, Section 1074(b) and Section 1077(a) (9); AFI 47-101, TRICARE Operations and Patient Administration Function
; and AFMAN 47-101, Managing Air Force Dental Services
Beneficiaries are provided care in the following order:
- Authorized beneficiaries with true dental emergencies
- Active Duty Military
- Command Sponsored of Active Duty
- Non-Command Sponsored of Active Duty
- Dependents of Retirees
- All others
Currently, the 51 DS is not able to support routine care for non-Active Duty beneficiaries due to COVID-19 operations. For a list of local dentists that accept the United Concordia family dental plan please visit https://www.uccitdp.com/tp2opd/
- General Dentistry
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Routine Exam & Cleanings
Sick call hours for dental emergencies are weekdays 7:30-9 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. The Urgent Care Clinic will contact an on-call dentist after hours and on weekends.
What is considered a dental emergency?
- Acute Dental Pain
- Acute Infection
- Other Life Threatening Situations
Dental Options Outside of Military Dental Clinics
For dental care outside of a military dental clinic, TRICARE offers dental coverage for service members, families and survivors. Additionally, retired service members, their families and certain survivors may qualify to purchase dental coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program.
To learn more and see which plan you may use, visit www.tricare.mil/dental