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FALLS CHURCH, Va. – January 03, 2011 While dental emergencies occur far less often than other health-related traumas, it is wise for TRICARE beneficiaries to be prepared and know their dental options.
Beneficiaries fit into one of three programs for care: the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP), the Active Duty Dental Program (ADDP) or the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP).
TDP allows beneficiaries traveling within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands to visit any participating network dentist for emergencies. Beneficiaries can find a participating dentist online or call United Concordia at 1-800-866-8499. If traveling outside the United States, beneficiaries can select a dentist using the Overseas Host Nation Provider Directory Search Tool www.tricaredentalprogram.com/tdptws/enrollees/hnp/hnp_search.jsp. Beneficiaries may have to pay up-front for care and file a claim with United Concordia for reimbursement.
Active duty service members (ADSMs) should first seek emergency dental care at the nearest military dental clinic. If service members are traveling on leave or duty-related orders, they can get care without a referral. ADSMs can receive emergency treatment from any civilian dentist; however the recommendation is to get care from a network dentist as follow-up care with a non-network dentist is not authorized. ADSMs should contact United Concordia at 1-866-984-2337 to let them know about the treatment.
Retirees enrolled in the TRDP can visit any licensed dentist within the service area for treatment. Selecting a dentist from the dentist network saves money and the dentist will file the claims. If traveling overseas, beneficiaries should search a list of dentists and dental clinics in every country, provided through Delta Dental's international dentist referral service. For more information, contact Delta Dental, at 1-888-838-8737 or visit the website www.trdp.org/.
Some tips TRICARE beneficiaries can use when dealing with dental emergencies include:
For information on preparing a “dental emergency kit” go to www.tricaredentalprogram.com/tdpforms/DentalERKit.pdf. For specific information about TRICARE dental coverage, visit www.tricare.mil/mybenefit/home/Dental/MyDentalCoverage