Entitlement to Treatment
All military personnel, their families and UK based civilians are entitled to dental treatment. Personnel employed by NAAFI are only entitled if this can be verified.
However, please note the following points:
Time in Post
In accordance with JSP 770 - Tri-Service operational and non operational welfare policy, Dependants, including UKBCs are not entitled to routine treatment during the last 4 months in post.
Only emergency treatment for the relief of pain and trauma is available during this period.
Boarding School Children
Army General and Administrative Instruction Vol 2, Ch 66 gives details regarding the provision of Medical and Dental Treatment:
- Urgent and emergency treatment will always be available to children attending boarding schools outside of Germany.
- Non-urgent, routine inspections and treatment will be available provided that:-
- The parent gives adequate notice and appointments are available.
- Changes to the appointments of other entitled personnel will not be made to accommodate boarding school children and appointments made are subject to cancellation if operational commitments require it.
- Where a course of treatment requires regular visits to the dentist and cannot be completed during school holidays,
i.e.orthodontic treatment, alternative arrangements must be made through the school.
Friends and relatives who are visiting you in BFG are not entitled to routine treatment but will be seen in an emergency on production of a Commanding Officer’s Permission to Host Visitors Proforma and an EHIC card.
Provision of Routine Dental Treatment
AtthisDentalCentre, specificimportanceis placedonthe prevention of dental disease and education as well as the treatment itself. The following routine treatments are available after inspection, prescriptionand/or referralfromtheDentalOfficer:-
- Amalgam Fillings
- Composite (White) Fillings (where appropriate)
- Fissure Sealing
- Health Advice
- Minor Oral Surgery
- Mouth guards
- Oral Hygiene Techniques Advice
- Radiographs (X-Rays)
- Referral to Smoking Cessation Clinics
- Root Canal Treatment
- Scaling & Polishing
Advice can be sought from the staff in the Dental Centre, during or in between appointments
Due to the nature of some complex treatments (e.g. Prosthetics), they may not be started within six months of a patient’s posting date. This can be avoided by seeking treatment early.
Patients requiring oral surgery which, under certain circumstances, can not be performed in the dental centre will be referred to the specialists at the local facilities within this region.