Dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic
Dental clinics are open again! Private practices are offering the full range of dental care to people who are not suspected or known to have COVID-19.
During earlier stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, the types of dental procedures that could be performed were restricted and some dental practices closed, or were only open for urgent and emergency treatment. However, with stability in the number of new COVID-19 cases, the government has relaxed restrictions on community social distancing, elective surgery and dental services.
During earlier restrictions, the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch developed a map (below) to help you find the nearest dentist who was providing urgent and emergency dental care. We expect that these practices and more are now open since restrictions on dental care have been lifted.
We recommend contacting your regular or local dental practice in the first instance to see if they are open and able to see you at this time. If you are eligible for public dental care, contact your nearest community dental clinic. Public sector dental clinics are working under some restrictions until at least June 2020.
How to use the map
You can zoom and scroll around the map to find your location or use the search bar in the top right-hand corner of the map. You will need to refresh the map after each search.
Click on the tooth to show information for each dental practice, including the address and a telephone number, and website where available.
To open map in new window, click here.
Dental practices are making sure that patients are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone who is known to have COVID-19 prior to dental appointments. When attending a dental appointment, some measures will be in place such as hand sanitising and social distancing in the waiting room to keep patients and staff safe.
If you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, or you are experiencing cold and flu symptoms, please delay your dental appointment and contact your doctor.
More information about COVID-19 testing is available on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website, or call the Victorian coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.