New Zealand Dental Services
You can get a full range of quality dental services in New Zealand. If you are a New Zealand citizen or have residency then your children will be eligible for free dental care up to the age of 18. If you are on a low income and have a Community Services Card you may also be eligible with help with your dental services. Visitors will likely need to pay for their private dental care.
If you are looking for a Christchurch dentist, check out Sydenham Dental Centre. They offer quality, friendly dental services with a full range of services including dental hygenist, tooth decay repair, wisdom teeth extraction and teeth whitening.
Children & Adolescents
In New Zealand, dental services are offered free to all New Zealand children and adolescents aged under 18 years of age. If you have young children, you can enrol them through 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) to organise their free dental checkups. Some dental services are not free for children, including braces.
Low Income Services
For those aged 18 years of age and older, then the chances are you need to pay for your dental services. Some people with disabilities or medical conditions, or those on very low incomes with Community Services Card may be provided free, or cheaper, dental services. For everyone else, the price you pay depends on the dentist practice. Each dental practice sets their own costs and fee structures so it pays to shop around if you are on a tight budget.
You can find out more about Government funded dental services through the Ministry of Health.
Emergency Dental Services
Some emergency dental services are available to New Zealand residents via the hospital. This service is normally restricted to those on low incomes. Sydenham Dental Centre are an emergency dentist offering same day emergency dental care (during surgery hours).
If your teeth become damaged during an accident, whether at work or home, then your dental work will likely be covered by ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation).
Contact ACC on 0800 101 996 or visit the ACC website to register a claim or find out more.
If you are visiting New Zealand and require dental services this may be covered by your Travel Insurance. Contact your travel insurance provider to find out what you are covered for before visiting a New Zealand dentist. If you do not have travel insurance, you can pay the New Zealand dentist directly for your private dental care.