Dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dental practices in metropolitan Melbourne can currently only provide urgent dental care, but they will be able to provide a wider range of treatment from 28 September under the Victorian government’s COVID-19 roadmap to reopening.

There will still be limitations on some services in metropolitan Melbourne. Dental practices in regional Victoria can provide all dental care, but may limit some services. Details about permitted workplaces in healthcare are available at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website.

It is safe to attend dental appointments as dental practices have strict infection control procedures in place and other measures including COVIDSafe Plans. 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 before dental appointments. When attending a dental appointment, extra measures will be in place such as hand sanitising and social distancing in the waiting room to keep everyone safe.

If you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 and are required to quarantine, or you are experiencing cold and flu symptoms, please delay your dental appointment and get tested for COVID-19. You must stay at home until you receive your test result. For further information, visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website or call the Victorian coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.