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Dental Appointment Policies ~ Active Duty & Space Available Dental Appointments

Air Force Postgraduate Dental School & Clinic

  • Location: Bldg 3352, Lackland AFB, TX
  • Phone ~ Front Desk: (210) 292-0123
  • DSN: 554-0123

Dunn Dental Clinic

  • Location: Bldg 6418, Lackland AFB, TX
  • Phone ~ Front Desk: (210) 671-9613
  • DSN: 473-9613

Active Duty

The primary mission of the 59th Dental Group (DG) is to maximize the dental readiness and oral health of active duty members. Priority for access to care within any Air Force Dental Clinic is governed by Air Force Instruction 47-101. A Group Policy letter establishing priority for care categories of active duty personnel is available at the reception areas of all 59 DG clinics.

Space Available (All Others)

By Air Force Instruction, non-urgent dental care for all non-active duty patients is limited to "Space Available" care is extremely limited. Availability of appointments for non-active duty beneficiaries varies greatly throughout the year. For more information on Space Available appointments, please contact the appropriate dental clinic listed above.

Active duty family members are strongly encouraged to be enrolled in the TRICARE Family Member Dental Plan (FMDP). By law, family members enrolled in the FMDP are not authorized space-available dental care for procedures covered by the insurance plan. Retirees and their family members are encouraged to enroll in the TRICARE Retired Dental Plan.

Specialty Care (All Beneficiaries)

In some instances, patients may have specific dental needs that make them suitable for selection as candidates for our specialty care programs: Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, or Maxillofacial Prosthetics. For active duty beneficiaries, if you are identified as a candidate for specialty care, your primary dental care provider will consult with you on your dental needs and make the necessary speciality referrals. In addition, they will provide you with information on the appointment process for your specific dental needs. For non-active duty beneficiaries, a referral is required from your civilian dental provider.

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