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General dental care

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male patient general dentalGeneral dental examinations and care is offered to eligible patients through The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM) and community dental clinics. This dental service includes routine dental examinations or check-up, oral health advice, scale and cleaning, extractions, fillings, X-rays, fissure sealants and root canal treatments and seeks to address all current dental concerns. Eligible patients are placed on a waiting list for care. Due to high demand for the services patients who miss more than two appointments may be returned to the waiting list.
General dental care for adults

General dental care is available to all adults who hold a health care or pensioner concession card.

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can be treated for free at RDHM, even if no health care or pensioner concession card is held. View information on services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples here >>

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General dental care for children and teens

Child patient general careAll children and teenagers (up to 17 years old) can receive general dental care if they or their parents/guardian are health care or pensioner concession cardholders.

If you do not have a health care or pensioner concession card, all children aged between 0 to 12 years can still get a free dental check-up and general dental treatment at RDHM or at a community dental teaching clinic. More on free dental care for kids >>

Treatment available to kids under general dental care includes: Check-ups and advice every 1-2 years, dental sealants to prevent decay, cleaning, fillings, extractions, x-rays.

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

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How to make an appointment

To make an appointment at RDHM or at your nearest community dental clinic:

Telephone number icon Call (03) 9341 1000

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Find your nearest community dental clinic

What will happen when I call?

A staff member will check that you are eligible for public dental care and whether the treatment you need can be provided by a student. You will usually be given a screening appointment by a Senior Dentist to confirm your suitability for the teaching clinic.

You may prefer to access treatment at a public dental teaching clinic where there are no fees and usually shorter waiting times for eligible patients. Find out more about public dental teaching clinics >>

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