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Dental Department

The Dental Department provides specialist dental care to people in the Canterbury region. It is also a tertiary referral centre for the West Coast and Nelson and Marlborough regions.

The Hospital Dental Department provides care in the following dental services:

  • Special Care Dentistry
  • Pedodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Maxillofacial Prosthetics
  • After hours emergency trauma

The department also offers a Full Dental Clearance service and a daily Relief of Pain clinic.

If you have dental pain and you receive a WINZ benefit, then you are eligible to attend The Relief of Pain Clinic at the Dental Department.

  • Relief of Pain Clinics run every weekday, except for public holidays.
  • The clinics start at 8:30am for the morning session and 1:30pm for the afternoon session.
  • One tooth is treated per visit.
  • Subsidised charges apply for the service (a WINZ quote can be given):
  • Consult (including X-rays and/or prescription) $25
  • Treatment (if provided at the same appointment) $20
  • Total cost for a consult and treatment on the same day $45

To book a place at the relief of pain clinic, phone the Dental Department on 03 364 0250, no referral from a doctor or dentist is required.

If you require all, or at least all of your upper or lower teeth, to be removed and you receive a WINZ benefit or are a Community Service Card Holder, you are eligible to be seen at the Full Dental Clearance Clinic at the Dental Department.

Patients referred to the Full Dental Clearance service will be seen for a consultation and x-ray.

  • Charges apply for the service (a WINZ quote can be given):
  • Consultation and x-ray $48
  • Extraction of all remaining teeth (up to) $206

To attend this clinic you need to be referred to the Dental Department for this service. Referrals are accepted from your General Practice (GP) or a General Dentist.

Page last updated: 14 May 2020

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