The Mouth and Teeth
Mouth and Teeth Overview
The VA awards disability compensation for each Mouth and Teeth condition that is service-connected. The DoD will also rate service-connected conditions as long as they also make the service member Unfit for Duty. For Reservists, the condition must have occurred in or resulted from an injury in the Line of Duty to qualify.
Dental conditions of the Mouth and Teeth deal primarily with the jaws, the jaw joint, the palates, and the teeth. For other conditions of the Mouth, see the Digestive System page.
The VASRD offers rating options for dental conditions of the Mouth and Teeth based primarily on how well the jaws and teeth are able to open the mouth and chew food.
To honor the Pyramiding Principle, only a single rating can be given for multiple dental conditions of the Mouth and Teeth unless the symptoms of the conditions can be clearly separated. In most cases, multiple dental conditions of the Mouth and Teeth will be rated using all of the symptoms combined together, and the VA will choose the single code they feel best covers the overall Mouth and Teeth disability (see The Mouth and Teeth Ratings page for details and any exceptions).
Mouth and Teeth Ratings
The VASRD offers ratings for the following dental conditions of the Mouth and Teeth:
- Conditions of the Mandible (lower jaw bone)
- Conditions of the Maxilla (upper jaw bone)
- Conditions of the Temporomandibular Joint (jaw joint) and Condyloid Process
- Conditions of the Palates
- Conditions of the Teeth
- Cancer and Tumors of the Mouth and Teeth
If a dental condition of the Mouth and Teeth is not directly listed on the Mouth and Teeth Ratings page, it is rated under the code that best describes it or its dominant symptom.