Does OHIP cover dental services?

Generally no, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not cover dental services.

OHIP may cover some dental surgery if it is at a hospital. Some dental surgeries need to be performed in a hospital because they are complex or you have a medical condition that needs monitoring during the procedure.

Dental care under OHIP is limited to oral surgery performed in a hospital and limited situations such as:

  • fracture repair after an accident
  • tumour or cyst removal
  • surgeries correcting congenital issues
  • medically necessary tooth removal (prior approval by OHIP is required)
  • complex or fragile health of patients that may need special monitoring or additional care

Many employers and unions offer dental plans as part of a benefits package, but you can also buy an individual or family plan on your own. Dental plans help to pay for dental procedures such as cleaning teeth and gums, x-rays, filling cavities and removing wisdom teeth.

You or your family may be eligible for dental coverage through a government program:

Some community health organizations have basic dental services. Colleges and universities that teach dentistry often have dental clinic programs. In these programs, dental students provide the service for a fee that is less expensive than a licensed dentist.

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Last updated: September 27, 2023 4001227