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General dental care


Your local Community dental clinic and Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne provide General dental care. General dental care includes:

General dental care includes:

  • Routine dental examination
  • Check-ups
  • Oral health advice
  • Scale and cleaning
  • Extractions
  • Fillings
  • X-rays
  • Fissure Sealants
  • Root canal treatments


General dental care is available for:

People who are 18 years of age and over

  • Who hold a healthcare or pensioner concession card.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people
  • Refugees
  • Asylum Seekers

Children and Young People

General dental care for children and young people can include:

  • Check-ups,
  • Advice every 1-2 years
  • Dental sealants to prevent decay
  • Cleaning
  • Fillings
  • Extractions x-rays

General dental care for Children and Young people is available for:

  • All children aged 0 – 12 years
  • Young people up to 17 years who:
    • Hold a health care card or pensioner concession card
    • Are dependents of a concession card holder
  • All children and young people up to 18 years of age, who are in out-of-home care. Find out more about In and out of home care
  • All youth justice clients in custodial care, up to 18 years of age
  • Children and Young people, up to 17 years of age may receive free dental via the Child Dental Benefit Scheme

Remember: Take your child to see a dentist no later than 2 years of age.

How to make an appointment?

Contact us on (03) 9341 1000 or contact your local community dental clinic.

Will I need to go on a wait list?

There is a wait list for general dental care as there is a high demand for dental services. Patients who miss more than two appointments, may need to go back on the wait list.
People who have priority access are offered the next available appointment.

You may prefer to get treatment at a public dental teaching clinic. There are no fees and often shorter waiting times at the Public Dental Teaching Clinics.

Visit our Dental Teaching clinics page to find out more information

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