practiced by the dental profession. This service is
preventive and corrective and includes:
Dental examinations and advice on dental
Restoration of lost tooth structure.
Treatment of periodontal conditions.
Replacement of missing teeth essential to
personal appearance, the performance of
military duty, or the proper mastication of food.
EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE.This is
treatment necessary to relieve pain, control bleeding,
and manage acute septic conditions or injuries to the
Emergency dental care is
authorized worldwide for personnel of all categories.
Dental officers must be available at all times to
provide emergency care. All dental commands have
duty Dental Technicians and a duty dentist either on
board or on call that evaluate all patients requesting
care after normal duty hours. These evaluations may
be accomplished by the dental officer over the
telephone; however, the duty dental officer must
provide care for all true dental emergencies.
ELECTIVE DENTAL CARE.This type of
care a dentist may authorize but may also defer. Each
case should be evaluated individually based on Navy
policy. Examples of elective dental are malocclusion,
orthodontics, replacing amalgam fillings with gold
Priority of Care
Naval Dental Treatment Facilities (DTFs) will
provide care to all eligible beneficiaries subject to the
capabilities of the professional staff and the
availability of space and facilities.
In those instances when care cannot be rendered to
all eligible beneficiaries, the priorities in the following
chart must prevail. No distinction as to the sponsoring
uniformed service will be made when providing care
or deciding priorities.
The following priority categories should be
assigned as appropriate:
1A Members of the uniformed services on active
Members of a Reserve Component of the
Armed Forces and National Guard personnel.
Family member of active duty members of the
uniformed services; family members of
persons who died while in such a status.
Members of the Senior Reserve Officers
Retired members of the uniformed services
and their family members (including family
members of deceased retired members.)
Civilian employees of the Federal Govern-
The rendering of emergency dental treatment to
any person when such treatment is necessary and
demanded by the laws of humanity or the principles of
international courtesy will always apply. Receipt of
payment (in any form) is prohibited by any dental
officer or Dental Technician or from anyone for any
dental service in a naval dental activity.
Once you know the patients eligibility and the
type of dental care to provide, you can schedule an
appointment. Dental procedures can vary from clinic
to clinic, as well as, the type of appointment system
and the method of scheduling appointments.
In most cases, appointments are based on fixed,
non-variable lengths, such as 45, 60, or 90 minute
lengths, or as an incremental time method using 10, 15,
or 20 minute units of time. The increment method is
often the best use of treatment time because the patient
is appointed only for the time needed to complete the
Whatever type of appointment system is used
when you schedule appointments, make sure you do so
accurately. Enter the information in the appointment
book or computer system first, and then complete the
patients appointment card. If you complete the
patients appointment card with the date and time of the
appointment first, and then enter the information in the
appointment book or computer-based system
(CHCS-Composite Health Care System), you risk
having more than one patient scheduled for an
appointment time. This can happen easily if you are
interrupted and fail to record the information into the
appointment book or system.