Changes to DVA Osseo-Integrated Dental Implant Policy
Changes have been made to the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Osseo-Integrated Dental Implant Policy.
Under the DVA health card arrangements single tooth dental implants are only funded in exceptional circumstances, where other options are not viable or if alternative options have been tried and failed.
Procedures must be clinically necessary and sufficient clinical justification provided to DVA in all applications using the appropriate forms. Applications for cosmetic purposes will not be considered.
If you are involved in the veteran's regular treatment you are expected to fill out a DVA Medical History and Assessment form with each application.
The intent of DVA's policy for the use of Osseo-Integrated Dental Implants is to replace a recently lost tooth and general restrictions remain in place. For example, eligible veterans may receive only a two year period and tooth loss must have occurred within a reasonable time, generally less than two years.
However, under the new arrangements, where there is a clinical need for an implant and it can be shown that sufficient bone exists to support the implant consideration will be given to extending the two year period.
The updates to DVA's policy give a degree of flexibility for DVA to consider treatment options which provide better clinical outcomes for eligible veterans. Under the new guidelines, DVA will also consider the use of small cantilever bridges and procedures requiring sinus lifts when clinically appropriate to the dental treatment plan.