Military Dentist in Colorado Springs, CO

Compassionate Care for Fellow Members of the Military

Dr. Brian Tuttle served in the army and completed his advanced schooling in general dentistry. Dr. Tuttle has tremendous respect for fellow service members and is highly passionate about ensuring that military members get the necessary dental care that they need in the Colorado Springs area.

The military has strict physical and mental standards for enlistment. Dental malocclusions or poor oral health can be big violations that stand in your way of joining the military. Examples of oral health problems that can disqualify you from enlistment include:

Directions from Peterson
Air Force Base

Head south on Peterson Blvd towards Vandenberg St for 100 ft and then make a U-turn at Vandenberg St. In .6 miles, continue straight onto Galley Rd and in 1 mile, turn right onto CO-21 N. In 6.2 miles, you’re going to take the Woodmen Rd E exit. Merge onto E Woodmen Rd in .3 miles and then in .2 miles turn right onto Sisters Grove. Turn left in 300 ft and then make another left in 150 ft. Make another left in 50 ft and then a right in 150 ft. You’ll find our practice on the right-hand side.

Directions from Colorado
Army National Guard

Take Newport Rd and E Fountain Blvd to US-24 E. In .2 miles, take CO-21 N to Woodmen Rd. Take the exit for Woodmen Rd and continue for 9.5 miles. Merge onto E Woodmen Rd and turn right onto Sisters Grove in 300 ft. Make a left in 141 ft and then another immediate left to pull into the parking lot. We are adjacent to Rota Advanced Dental Care.

Comprehensive Services We Recommend for Military Members

Since tooth decay and gum disease are the cause behind most oral health problems, many of which require corrective treatment, preventing these issues from occurring in the first place is the best way to ensure your oral health doesn't get in the way of joining the military. 

With regular dental cleanings and checkups, we can catch warning signs early, remove plaque and tartar buildup, and screen for serious problems like oral cancer. Fluoride treatments and dental sealants offer additional protection against cavities. If gum disease is detected, we can treat it with a periodontal deep cleaning, including scaling and root planing.

Any issue with your teeth that impacts your ability to eat a normal diet will prevent you from joining the military. This is why it’s so important to restore damaged, broken, or chipped teeth. If a tooth needs to be extracted, the best replacement is a dental implant. An implant is the most secure type of tooth restoration and the only option that preserves the jaw bone. 

However, we always try to avoid extractions whenever possible. If we catch damaged or infected dental pulp (the soft center of your tooth) early enough, we can save the tooth with a root canal, and restore it with a dental crown. 

While not everyone is eligible for a root canal or dental implant, dentures may impact your ability to enlist if the prosthetic affects your ability to properly chew. Other options for tooth restorations and replacement include dental crowns and bridges. 

When your teeth or jaw are improperly aligned, it can lead to a host of problems including increased risk of tooth decay, bruxism, TMJ/TMD, myofascial pain, and difficulty chewing. The good news is that while braces are a prohibited oral device, Invisalign is not as long as you complete treatment before you join active duty. If you have mild to moderate orthodontic problems, we can treat them with Invisalign clear aligners.

To find out what treatment would be best suited for you, contact us at Tuttle Family Dentistry. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Tuttle today.