Minneapolis VA Health Care System
The Minneapolis VA Health Care System Dental Service provides multi-specialty care to Veterans who meet eligibility requirements. Dental Service is committed to fulfilling its duty to America's veterans and their families by providing excellence in clinical care and education.
To make a dental appointment at our Minneapolis Dental Clinic call 612-467-2039 or stop by our Reception Room at 2U-122 during hours of operation. Please have your name and social security number ready.
We also provide immediate care Monday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on a first-come first-serve basis for eligible veterans with emergent dental needs (pain, fever, swelling or bleeding).
Northwest Metro Community Clinic located at 7545 Veteran's Drive, Ramsey, MN 55303 provides General Dentistry and Dental Hygiene to eligible Veterans among other VA Health Services.
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. Our dentists are committed to providing quality care to eligible veterans. The following sections answers some common question about who may qualify for outpatient VA dental care. If you still have questions, please contact our clinic.
Who is eligible for routine outpatient dental care?
- Veterans who receive money for a service-connected dental disability or those who are 100% service connected for any condition.
- Veterans who were prisoners of war.
- Veterans recently discharged from active duty that did not have their dental treatment completed before discharge can receive one-time treatment if their DD-214 shows dental treatment was not completed. A VA Form 10-10EZ application with a copy of your DD-214 must be sent or provided to the Registration Enrollment Office, Room 1S-143, One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417 within 180 days of separation from active duty to apply. For additional information call 612-467-2071.
Who is eligible for emergency dental care?
- Veterans with a dental emergency, such as severe pain, infection, trauma, or significant bleeding who are not otherwise eligible for dental care at a VA Dental Facility may receive limited care. These patients must first report to the facility Emergency Department (ED). Additionally, they will be billed for the treatment and referred to the private sector for future care needs. The present fee for emergency care is over $487.00 per visit.
If I received routine dental care while I was in the service are my teeth service connected?
- No. Only those veterans that have been rated under the 9900 series of the schedule for rating disabilities are service connected for routine care, and only if rated 10% or greater.
Do any other Veterans receive outpatient dental care?
- Veterans who have a very serious medical condition, which could be complicated by certain dental problems, may receive necessary limited dental care to improve the dental condition. Examples include patients undergoing heart transplant or valve replacement surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. These patients need to be under treatment with a VA physician and referred to Dental by consult.
- Veterans receiving outpatient medical care may receive limited dental care if the dental condition is determined by their VA medical and dental care providers to be complicating a medical condition currently under treatment by the VA. Patients must be referred by their treating physician. Be aware that this does not automatically make you eligible for routine care, and treatment may be limited.
- Veterans approved for a VA vocational rehabilitation program that are referred by their rehabilitation counselor may receive basic dental care necessary to enable them to enter or remain in their rehabilitation training.
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?
- Yes. Stop by our dental clinic and ask for a list of reduced fee dental services.
What if I have additional questions on what Veteran benefits or services I am entitled to?
- We recommend you always start with your County Veterans Service Office (CVSO). They can provide you with up-to-date information on County, State and Federal Veteran benefits and services. They can also assist you with filling out a claim for service connected health issues.
VA is 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. Purchasing a dental plan does not affect Veterans’ eligibility for VA dental services and treatment. VADIP opens November 15 for the purchasing of plans, with coverage beginning January 1, 2014.
Covered services include diagnostic, preventative, surgical, emergency and endodontic/restorative treatment. Delta Dental and MetLife are offering multiple plans. Each participant pays the fixed monthly premiums for coverage and any copayments required, depending on the type of plan selected.
Dependents of Veterans, except those eligible under CHAMPVA, are not authorized to participate in VADIP. Those individuals may be eligible for separate dental insurance coverage offered by these carriers.
Learn more about the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) at www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vadip
One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.