estoguy said:Can anyone shed some light on this?
luttrellfan said:Good day everyone,
I was hoping to call upon the experience of the senior members in this forum and the others who are or may have been in the same situation as I. Around this time last year I was told by the dentist that I will need to have all four of my wisdom teeth removed. Normally I would have gotten them out in a timely manner, but considering I had a busy school schedule, a couple of Class B contracts and a fair bit of procrastination, I didn't get them out, yet.
Here's the problem, I'm available to get them out now and I even have a consultation for it on Tuesday with my civilian dentist (I'm back to Class A). On Feb 10, I will be leaving for BC on a Class C contract which will take me all the way to the end of June 2019. The first five weeks will be pre-deployment training, in BC. Should I get my wisdom teeth out before I go out to BC (if I can) or could I get them out while I'm in BC before I go on my deployments? Another problem is would the military be able to accommodate time for me to do that without taking me away from my training?
Thank you and apologies for not starting a new thread. I figured I'd just add on to this one.
luttrellfan said:. . . Should I get my wisdom teeth out before I go out to BC (if I can) or could I get them out while I'm in BC before I go on my deployments? Another problem is would the military be able to accommodate time for me to do that without taking me away from my training?
Dental care limitations
Limitations on the type, level and frequency of services are applied by the senior dental authority based on selection criteria and guidelines developed by the Director Dental Services on behalf of the Director General Health Services. These limitations are designed to ensure that a comprehensive range of appropriate dental services are provided to entitled personnel based on professionally assessed need. For entitled CAF members, major restorative, prosthodontic, orthodontics and surgical services are usually limited to members with:
1.three or more years of completed service; and
2.sufficient time remaining in their current terms of service to complete the procedures and the required follow-up.
Major orthodontic services are limited to the treatment of a functional disability related to malocclusion.
Blackadder1916 said:You should note that "time availability" may not be the sole consideration in having these teeth extracted. I will make some assumptions about your personal circumstances (correct me if I'm wrong) - the recommendation was made by a civilian dentist who had no connection (i.e. not paid by the military) with the CAF; all your dental care up to now has been covered by private insurance and/or the Reserve Dental Care Plan (RDCP) and that your previous Class B contracts were less than 180 days or that you did not have dental services during any periods of Class B service that extended past 180 days.
Things may have changed considerably since I've retired from the CAF, but before you make a decision about when you'll have the tooth fairy rip out your wisdom teeth confirm that it will be covered. Once you start a period of "Class C" or go past the 180 day point of Class B, you are no longer covered by the RDCP (if that is your primary dental insurance coverage) and if covered by another dental care insurance plan they may have restrictions in the policy once you are eligible to be provided care by CF medical and dental services. You would most likely have to be evaluated by a military dentist (or a civilian under contract to the CF) to see if your dental condition warrants (according to military guidelines) extraction. Though the reputation of the CFDS re stinginess of providing services is largely a distant memory, they still have limitations.