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Who can attend SA Dental Service clinics

SA Dental Service provides a range of dental services for all children under 18 years and eligible adults at clinics throughout South Australia.   

Children under 18 years

All babies, children and young people under 18 years are welcome to attend a School Dental Service clinic.  

Dental care is free for all babies and all children not yet at school.

Dental care is free for children if they are under 18 years and covered by:

  • the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
  • a Pensioner Concession Card
  • a Health Care Card
  • a School Card.

If a child is not covered by one of these, general and emergency dental care will cost no more than $45 a year.

See the School dental service page for more information.

Young adults

When a person turns 18, they are no longer able to attend a school dental service clinic.  They may be able to attend a community dental service clinic. 

If a person is covered by:

  • Pensioner Concession Card or
  • Health Care Card

They can contact their local Community Dental Service clinic to discuss dental care options.  

 If a person is not covered by one of these cards, they will need to access dental  care from a private dentist.

Adults

Adults covered by:

  • Pensioner Concession Card or 
  • Health Care Card 

can receive dental care at a Community Dental Service clinic.

See adult Concession Cards accepted at SA Dental Service clinics for more information.

There is a cost for dental care at a Community Dental Service clinic.  See fees for adult dental services (PDF 175KB) for more details.

Waiting times apply for most dental services. 

See the Community Dental Service page for more information.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander adults 

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander adults 18 years and over and covered by:

  • Pensioner Concession Card or 
  • Health Care Card 

can receive general, emergency and denture services, at no cost.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander adults have access to priority dental care at Community Dental Service clinics.

See the Aboriginal Oral Health Program page for more information.

Adelaide Dental Hospital

Specialist dental services are available at the Adelaide Dental Hospital by referral from a SA Dental Service Community Dental Service clinic or private practitioner. 

Fees and waiting times apply for all specialist dental services.

 

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