Participating dentists, who treat active duty service members (ADSMs), are required to complete the ADDP Claim Form, as well as the Department of Defense Form 2813 (when necessary). These forms are used to determine dental readiness as it relates to a service member's worldwide deployment status. They answer the question: "Is this service member dentally ready to deploy for worldwide duty?"
Specifically, the forms request the dentist select from a series of three options:
- Class 1: Patients with a current dental examination, who do not require dental treatment or reevaluation. Class 1 patients are worldwide deployable.
- Class 2: Patients with a current dental examination, who require non-urgent dental treatment or reevaluation for oral conditions, which are unlikely to result in dental emergencies within 12 months. Class 2 patients are worldwide deployable. Patients in dental class 2 may exhibit the following:
- Treatment or follow-up indicated for dental caries or minor defective restorations that can be maintained by the patient.
- Interim restorations or prostheses that can be maintained for a 12-month period. This includes teeth that have been restored with permanent restorative materials for which protective cuspal coverage is indicated.
- Edentulous areas requiring prostheses but not on an immediate basis
- Periodontium that:
- requires oral prophylaxis
- requires maintenance therapy.
- requires treatment for slight to moderate periodontitis and stable cases of more advanced periodontitits.
- requires removal of supragingival or mild to moderate subgingival calculus
- Unerupted, partially erupted, or malposed teeth that are without historical, clinical, or radiographic signs or symptoms of pathosis, but which are recommended for prophylactic removal.
- Active orthodontic treatment. The provider should consider placing the patient in passive appliances for deployments up to six months. For longer periods of deployment, the provider should consider removing active appliances and placing the patient in passive retention.
- Temporomandibular disorder patients in remission. The provider anticipates the patient can perform duties while deployed without ongoing care and any medications or appliances required for maintenance will not interfere with duties.
- Class 3: Patients who require urgent or emergent dental treatment. Class 3 patients normally are not considered to be worldwide deployable.
- Treatment or follow-up indicated for dental caries, symptomatic tooth fracture or defective restorations that cannot be maintained by the patient.
- Interim restorations or prostheses that cannot be maintained for a 12-month period.
- Patients requiring treatment for the following periodontal conditions that may result in dental emergencies within the next 12 months.
- Acute gingivitis or pericoronitis.
- Active progressive moderate or advanced periodontitis.
- Periodontal abscess.
- Progressive mucogingival condition.
- Periodontal manifestations of systemic disease or hormonal disturbances.
- Heavy subgingival calculus.
- Edentulous areas or teeth requiring immediate prosthodontic treatment for adequate mastication or communication, or acceptable esthetics.
- Unerupted, partially erupted, or malposed teeth with historical, clinical, or radiographic signs or symptoms of pathosis that are recommended for removal.
- Chronic oral infections or other pathologic lesions including:
- Pulpal, periapical, or resorptive pathology requiring treatment.
- Lesions requiring biopsy or awaiting biopsy report.
- Emergency situations requiring therapy to relieve pain, treat trauma, treat acute oral infections, or provide timely follow-up care (e.g., drain or suture removal) until resolved.
- Acute temporomandibular disorders requiring active treatment that may interfere with duties.
Selection of either option 1 or 2 signifies that the member is qualified for worldwide deployment. Selection of option 3 denotes that the member is not qualified for worldwide deployment until the dental condition(s) selected are resolved. Service members are required by the Department of Defense to be qualified for worldwide deployment. Failure to attain deployment capability can adversely affect the service member's career.
Please note that completion of these forms is considered to be part of the examination service; and, therefore, is not a separately billable item.
United Concordia thanks you, the ADDP dentist, for supporting ADSMs. Your service is critical in attaining and maintaining deployment capability.