The medical card is an extremely important entitlement, with over 1.5 million Medical Card holders in Ireland. There are a number of benefits to having medical card cover, and among them are dental benefits, which are provided by dentists in the community through the Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS).
Adults over the age of 16 who have a valid medical card can access a number of dental services and treatments, including:
- A Dental Examination
- Issue of Prescription
- Fillings (two per calendar year)
- Extractions as necessary
- Dentures (with HSE approval)
- Root Canal Treatment on front teeth (with HSE approval)
However, the medical card does not cover every treatment and it’s important to check your medical card cover before your appointment with us. Some more complex treatments such as dentures or root canal treatment can be covered, but require the approval of the HSE before the dentist can proceed. In such a case, the dentist applies directly to the HSE on your behalf in order to get that approval.
Additional treatments like teeth cleaning are available to those persons with specific medical conditions and again, we will be able to advise you of your entitlement if this is the case. If you need such treatment, the HSE dental section may require written documentation outlining your medical condition and/or medications from your GP or other relevant medical person.
At Clinic4u, we are a community-focused, reliable and friendly team that wants to offer you the very best care and attention. It is important to us that we look after our patients, so we can give them every benefit for which they are eligible.
For more information on medical card cover for dental treatments, check out the HSE website.
If you’re looking to book an appointment to claim medical card cover, call us now to schedule an appointment and get the help and care that you need. Clinic4u practice is open late, on weekends and during lunchtime, so make sure you consult our opening hours for more information