As of 2016, Tricare Delta Dental benefits for retirees cover services such as dental exams, cleanings, X-rays, fillings and root canals, according to Tricare. Gum treatments, tooth extractions and emergency dental services are also covered. After 12 consecutive months of enrollment in Tricare Delta Dental, individuals receive additional coverage, including dentures, orthodontics for children and adults, crowns, bridges and dental implants.
Tricare Delta Dental offers a basic coverage program or an enhanced coverage program, notes Tricare. The basic coverage plan covers diagnostic and preventative dental services, such as cleanings, X-rays and fluoride treatments, as well as basic restorative services, space maintainers, sealants, oral surgery and post-surgical services. Enrollees in the basic coverage plan must satisfy an annual deductible of $50 per person, to a maximum of $150 per family, before coverage begins. Diagnostic and preventative services that are 100 percent covered are not subject to the deductible.
In addition to covering all services the basic plan covers, the Tricare Delta Dental enhanced program also covers procedures performed to replace missing teeth, orthodontic services and dental accident services, explains Tricare. Other services are also covered under the plan, including anesthesia for dental procedures, office visits performed after normal office hours, professional consultations from other dentists, and athletic mouthguards.