Military dental clinic and care

Col. Michelle Conner, a dentist and clinic chief with the North Carolina Army National Guard Medical Detachment, performs a dental examination at Camp Butner, N.C.

Active duty military members should not use off-post medical services for after-hours emergency dental care. Those who do run the risk of Tricare not covering the treatment, and a hefty bill needing to be paid out-of-pocket.

The Fort Lee Dental Clinics are here to fulfill the oral care needs of military members on post, including after-hours emergencies.

FLDC consists of two large clinics and a small headquarters element. One of its treatment facilities is within Mosier Consolidated Troop Medical Clinic 2, 300 Central Ave., building 18036 on the Ordnance Campus. The Mosier staff focuses on the dental needs of the 16th and 832nd Ordnance battalions as well as the BOLC Transportation classes. The clinic is open Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and can be reached at 804-734-5454.

The Colonel Bull Dental Clinic is located at 2601 C. Ave., building 8204. The staff serves the military of CASCOM, garrison, Army Logistics University, the 111th and 54th Quartermaster companies as well as 23rd QM Brigade trainees. For additional information, call the clinic at 804-734-9607 or 734-9608.

Sick call hours are from 7:30-9:30 a.m. for both clinics except on federal holidays, when the facilities are closed. Each Tuesday and Wednesday morning is dedicated to meeting the needs of incoming initial-entry training students and sick call only. No other walk-ins are accepted unless there is a true dental emergency.

After hours, including weekends, there is always a dentist on standby who can be reached by calling the Dental CQ at 804-931-7936, or Dental DOD at 804-931-7837.

Appointments are scheduled via walk-in or over the phone. If the service member does not have a dental record on file, the appointment must be made in person unless the individual is hand-carrying their record due to permanent change of station.

Readiness is an individual Soldier issue, a unit issue and a command issue. Call to schedule an appointment before, or as soon as you turn AMBER in MEDPROS. The clinics are typically booking 4-6 weeks out due to manpower shortages and increased training class sizes. To ensure access to care, the dental clinic has initiated templating for annual exams three months out.