For children under the age of 13 ie not yet Year 9, not yet at high school, their dental needs are taken care of by the school dental system at school or community clinics. We are contracted (via a Special Dental Services contract) to treat children in the age bracket but only in cases of emergency where that child is not able to access a school dental clinic for some reason or else if referred by a school dental therapist for treatment.
From year 9 onwards, the system changes and children (well they are teenagers actually by this point) need to switch to a dentist holding a OHSA (Oral Health Services for Adolescents) agreement. Basic checkups (one per year), cleaning, fillings, extractions are covered as are some more complex procedures such as root canals and crowns. Braces or orthodontics is not covered. Damage to teeth caused by accidents are required to be treated under ACC and not the school dental system. Also only basic dental care is covered and some more comprehensive treatments may incur a separate private fee. This would be discussed with the child’s parents in advance.