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1151 or not?

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I'm wondering if I have a 1151 claim.

I have bad teeth I believe related to psychological disorders(100% P&T), GERD(denied), and bruxism(not yet claimed). In 2014, before becoming 100% P&T, I was in VR&E. While in VR&E, I was seen by the VA dentist who approved outside dental care for full extractions and dentures. For a variety of reasons, I never got past a few extractions and moved halfway across the US. In December 2016, I went to the VA hospital dental clinic in a emergency to have a tooth extracted. The dentist decided I needed all my upper teeth removed. I agreed. The VA dentist mostly agreed with the previous plan for full extractions and dentures. He decided a few of my lower teeth could be saved. I was again approved for outside dental care. This began in Feb. 2017. The first appointment was for cleaning. The second was to start repairing the remaining lower teeth. After he started on the first, it was determined it needed to be extracted. This is where the ordeal begins. In order to deviate from the approved plan, they need to get approval from the VA. This approval didn't happen until July 2017. OK, so we finally got that tooth extracted. On the next appointment 2 weeks later, it's determined another tooth needs deviation from the approved plan. (possible root canal with crown or extraction) Here it is over a month since that appointment. Still no approval.

Here is where I'm think about a 1151. During all this time without upper teeth, I developed TMJ pain with clicking, and headaches. Plus it's a difficult task to have a decent meal. I avoid some foods, such as vegies and some meats because I can't chew them. If I do have these foods, I risk chocking on them.   

Would this fall under 1151? If so, how do I go about filing?

 

Thamks.

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I do not see this as a 1151 claim basis.

Are you service connected for PTSD?

Vets have had bruxism  ( TMJ) service connected ,as secondary to PTSD,with strong medical evidence.

 

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