Public dental services — coronavirus (COVID-19)

Emergency and urgent dental care is now available in all Hospital and Health Services across Queensland.

During the coordinated COVID-19 response, some routine and other non-urgent dental appointments were postponed. This means appointments for treatment like check-ups, routine fillings and denture services, and preventive appointments for scales and cleans, were postponed.

Staff are working to contact patients who have been waiting for care or waiting on the waiting list for general care.

Extra precautions, such as health screening steps, remain in place at dental clinics to provide extra protection for clinic staff and patients.

Frequently asked questions

What dental services are available now?

All dental services in all Hospital and Health Services across Queensland have returned to normal.

You can contact your local clinic if you have any questions about your dental care, or the dental services available at your local clinic. Staff will be able to help with more information.

I need dental care. Can I make an appointment?

You should contact your local Oral Health Service. The staff will be able to help with information about what services are available, where clinics are located and how to put your name on a waiting list for routine care.

How can I find out if I am eligible for dental care at a Queensland Health clinic?

If you are not eligible for public dental services, you can find a local private dentist by visiting the Australian Dental Association’s Find a dentist online search tool.

I have an appointment coming up but I am sick. Should I still attend?

If you are unwell, contact the clinic to reschedule your appointment. Do not attend your appointment if you are unwell.

Stay at home if you are sick. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested.

What can I do to look after my teeth while I wait for an appointment?

There are many things you can do to take good care of your dental and general health. Eating well, drinking tap water and brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste are simple steps to maintain healthy teeth and a great smile.

We recommend avoiding hard and sticky foods that could crack a tooth or pull a filling out like peanut brittle, popcorn and toffee.

Learn more on keeping a healthy smile.