Dental services

Most concession cardholders can access affordable dental health services for general, specialist and emergency care.

Dental Health Services Victoria provides emergency and general dental care for adult concession cardholders through public dental clinics in community health centres, rural hospitals and The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne. This hospital also provides specialist dental care for adult concession cardholders.

For most concession cardholders, a small fee is payable at each visit, up to a set maximum. More advanced dental treatments may be provided at fees above the maximum. Some groups qualify for free treatment.

General, denture or specialist care through the public dental system is available to the following people:

  • Children and young people:
    • all children aged 0–12 years
    • young people aged 13–17 years who are Health Care or Pensioner Concession cardholders or dependants of concession cardholders
    • all children and young people up to 18 years of age who are in out-of-home care provided by child protection services in this department
    • all youth justice clients in custodial care, up to 18 years of age.
  • People aged 18 years and over who are Health Care or Pensioner Concession cardholders or dependants of concession cardholders
  • All refugees and asylum seekers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are treated at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

Some groups of people eligible for public dental services may also have priority access to public dental care, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, homeless people and people at risk of homelessness, pregnant women, refugees and asylum seekers and registered clients of mental health and disability services.

For more information

For dental emergencies, phone Dental Health Services Victoria on 1300 360 054.

For general enquires, phone Dental Health Services Victoria on 03 9341 1000 or 1800 833 039 (country callers).

Visit the Dental health services website.