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Recently, I was awarded 100% P&T. So, today I was by the VA Dental Clinic, and thought that I would stop by and get some information. I was surprised that the people were very nice and helpful, and left with an appointment in Jan 2013. I usuallly have a very bad experience at VA medical places, but this was very nice.

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Didn't get a hand shake, but I have a key to Ft. Knox that I would let you have real cheapbiggrin.png

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Papa: It's nice of you to share your positive experience with VA dental. Yes, the bar is high for VA dental care eligibility. For those who are eligible, national patient satisfaction surveys show most vets are very happy with the care they receive.

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My problem with the VA is that they are anxious to pull teeth and reluctant to do implants even when obviously needed. Now if you go to them needing 20,000 bucks of dental work they are a God send.

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Before my 100% P&T the dentist was willing to pull several of my teeth but little more.

After my rating they did a treatment plan that is estimated by a civilian dentist friend to be $32,000 worth of work: bone grafts, implants and crowns instead of removal.

I love the surgeons doing my work. Top shelf senior residents

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I think I just have some very overworked dentists who don't want to do anything beyond a few crowns and filings. I wish they would outsource me to a private provider. I only get an exam every two years. I have had most of my serious dental work done outside the VA system. There are just way too many vets in Florida. My VAMC serves over 250,000 vets. The dental clinic is tiny.

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Many VA dental services are struggling to keep up with demand. An exam every two years is the goal of the current national quality metric, and many services are falling short of even that. Another big issue in VA Dentistry, as this string attests to, is that there is no defined or standard benefit that should be provided to every eligible vet, no matter where they live. It is luck of the draw whether you live near a VA facility that provides cutting edge care, or one that provides only basic services. Most are somewhere in-between

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