Do any of these apply to you?

Priority group

  • are you Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander?
  • are you refugee or asylum seeker?
  • are you currently homeless or at risk of homelessness?
  • are you registered with mental health and disability services and able to get a letter of recommendation from your case manager or a special developmental school?

Youth Priority applies if you are a young person who needs care.

Are you or your child:

  • aged between 0-12?
  • in custodial care provided by Youth Justice (regardless of age)?
  • under 18 and in Out-of-home care provided by Children & Youth department, DHHS
  • under 18 registered with mental health and disability services and able to get a letter of recommendation from your case manager or a special developmental school?

Based on your answers the following options are available to you for your dental problem and circumstances.

General dental care

General dental care includes:

  • check up and examinations
  • scale and clean
  • extraction of teeth
  • fillings
  • x- rays
  • fissure Sealants
  • oral health advice
  • root canal treatment

Emergency dental care

A dental emergency could be:

  • swelling of the face, especially if it is hard to breathe
  • trauma to the face, especially if it is hard to breathe
  • bleeding from the mouth that will not stop
  • an ulcer or sore in your mouth that has not healed for 2 weeks or more
  • severe mouth pain that keeps you awake
  • tooth fracture, an opening the tooth’s nerve
  • significant dental trauma for example your tooth has been knocked out

Speciality dental care

There are no waiting lists for priority groups for general dental care. You will get the next available appointment. Note: There is a high demand for specialist dental care you may have to wait some months for an appointment.

Specialty dental care can be:

  • root canal treatment
  • treatment of diseases of the lips, cheeks, tongue and jaw
  • braces to straighten teeth
  • treatment of gum disease
  • dentures crowns and bridges
  • surgical procedures on teeth, mouth or jaw
  • dental services for people with Intellectual and physical disabilities
  • dental treatment for children with complex dental, medical and other needs

Dental teaching clinics

If you have a valid Health care or Pensioner Concession Card in some cases, treatment can be provided by dental or oral health students at teaching clinics throughout Victoria. This service is available during University semesters and can take a bit longer. Treatment here is free. All students are under the supervision of qualified oral health professionals. If you are interested contact 9341 1000.

Actions you can take

1. Learn more about our services and costs

2. Find a clinic close to you

Find a dental clinic to make an appointment

3. Contact us to get more information

Call us on 9341 1000 for more information or emergency care.

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