Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule, or CDBS, is an Australian government initiative providing a capped $1000 (every 2 calendar years) per child of free basic dental services benefits to eligible child aged between two and seventeen.  What dental services are covered by Medicare?

 

1.  Diagnostic.  These dental procedures are usually covered.  Diagnostic dental procedures include basic/comprehensive dental examinations and taking of radiographs/X rays including intraoral and extraoral xrays.  Dental X ray safety is proven in research studies.

2.  Preventative. These dental procedures are usually covered.  Preventative dental procedures such as teeth cleaning and scaling, fissure sealing are covered.  Fissure sealants procedure prevent larger, more expensive dental issues from developing later on in life.

3.  Oral surgery.  Does Medicare cover wisdom teeth removal?  Is oral surgery covered by Medicare?  These dental procedures are usually covered.  Surgical dental procedures include surgery of the mouth or teeth including extractions of adult or baby teeth.

4.  Restorative. These dental procedures are usually covered.  Restorative dental procedures include placement of silver amalgam fillings or white fillings and fissure sealants.  Procedures such as root canals are also covered.

5.  Cosmetic. These dental procedures are usually NOT covered.  These include procedures like porcelain/composite veneers, teeth whitening, gingival/gum surgery.

6.  Orthodontics.  These dental procedures are usually NOT covered.  These include fixed/removable orthodontic appliances or Invisalign procedures. Dentures are also NOT covered.

7.  Dental Implants.  Are dental implants covered by Medicare?  These dental procedures are usually NOT covered.  These include placement and restoration of implants.

 

Benefits are not available dental procedures performed under General Anaesthesia at public or private hospitals.

Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) benefits do not count towards Medicare safety net or Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.

There is currently no medicare dental schemes for adults and no dental coverage for seniors.  And for the question of ” Why is dental care not covered by medicare?”, please refer to Medicare dental Australia website.

For more information, please visit the Commonwealth Government Department of Human Services website.

Valley Gentle Dentalproudly supports CDBS by bulk billing dental treatment for eligible children. Please ring us for more information, our friendly receptionist will check your child’s eligibility and schedule an appointment for your child.

What are you waiting for?

So, ring us during office hours on 03-51748338 to book your dental appointment with our Traralgon Dentist. Alternatively you can book your appointment online now – our online appointment system is available 24/7.

How to get to our clinic

From Aldi Traralgon, travel west along Princes Highway. At Seymour Street, turn right. Our clinic is right next to the old office of Latrobe Valley Express.

 

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