In Aotearoa New Zealand, most dental services for children under the age of 18 years of age are free. Most dental services for adults are not free.
Children and adolescents
In Aotearoa New Zealand, children who meet the eligibility criteria(external link) for publicly funded health and disability services are entitled to free basic oral health services from birth to 17 years of age (until their 18th birthday). Find out what services are available and how to enrol with a dentist.(external link)
Most dental services are not free. If cost affects whether or not you can see a dentist, ask several dentists about the fees for the treatment you require. There are a limited range of dental services that are funded for adults, find out about publicly funded dental care.(external link)
Accidents and injuries
If you need dental treatment because of an accident or injury, ACC will help with the cost. Your dentist will help you fill out a claim form. Visit the ACC website(external link) to find out more.
Find a dentist(external link) Healthpoint, NZ
Guide to eligibility for public health services(external link) Te Whatu Ora, NZ. A guide to help you see whether you meet the specified eligibility criteria for publicly funded health services.
ACC ACC can help with the costs of your dental treatment if it’s needed because of accident or injury.
Dental treatment for people on a low income or benefit(external link) Work and Income, NZ. If you're on a low income or benefit, WINZ may be able to help pay towards the cost of dental treatment, especially if it's urgent.
New Zealand Dental Association(external link) Phone (09) 579 8001. An association that supports dentists to deliver quality oral health care in Aotearoa New Zealand. The NZDA advocates and provides information(external link) on oral health for the public.
Dental Council NZ(external link) Phone (04) 499 4820. Can provide assistance with finding a registered dentist near you. They also help with complaints and concerns. The dental council ensures oral health practitioners meet and maintain quality standards in order to protect your health and safety.