Tricare Retiree Dental Program

The Tricare Retiree Dental Program is available to all military retirees (including gray area retirees) and their eligible family members, surviving spouses who have not remarried and their eligible children, as well as MOH recipients and their eligible immediate family members.

The program covers cleanings, exams, fillings, root canals, gum surgery, oral surgery and dental accidents on the first day coverage becomes effective. After 12 months of being in the program, it then covers crowns, bridges, partials, braces and dental implants.

New retirees who enroll within four months after retirement from the Uniformed Services or transfer to Retired Reserve status are eligible to waive the 12-month waiting period for major services. Supporting documentation is required.

The Enhanced TRDP provides every enrollee an annual maximum of $1,200 per person ($1,000 for basic program enrollees), a $1,000 annual maximum for dental accidents and a $1,500 lifetime maximum for orthodontics.

It is important to note that the money the TRDP pays out for preventive and diagnostic services doesn’t count against the annual maximum — those benefits are in addition to the $1,200. Retirees can enroll and find more information on the program online at

For those currently enrolled, when you access the Consumer Toolkit on, you’ll be able to print ID cards, view annual maximum information, see if claims have been paid, sign up for e-mail updates and more.

For questions or for more information, visit or e-mail Doug Schobel at

(Courtesy of Tricare)