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Major Dental Insurance

Major dental insurance helps pay for complex and costly dental procedures from around $4 per week*. It usually has a 12 month waiting period - so if you think you need major dental, start comparing now.

What you need to know:

  • Major dental covers non-routine procedures, including crowns, root canal and periodontics.
  • The cheapest extras policies covering major dental start from around $4 per week*.
  • Major dental typically comes with a 12-month waiting period before you can claim.

*Prices are based on a single person living in Sydney earning less than $93,000 a year.

The table below compares policies from Finder partners that cover major dental. It's sorted by value using the Finder score algorithm our experts use for the Finder health insurance awards. Prices are for a single person earning less than $93,000 living in Sydney, with a $750 excess - learn why this matters here.
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How we calculate our Finder Score

The Finder Score ranks every health policy in our database on value for money. We updated this monthly with data provided by Ombudsman.

We consider the 38 hospital treatment categories, plus the covered extras categories and the total extras benefit. We also use the average price for each product. Here's the breakdown of factors we consider.

How we calculate Health Insurance Finder ScoresHospitaltreatmentscovered25%Hospital price25%Total extrasbenefits12.5%Extras treatments12.5%Extras price25%Chart:Finder
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Factors that affect your health insurance premiums

There are several factors that will change the price of your health insurance premiums, whether you get hospital or extras cover. Here are the main ones to consider.
  • Private Health Insurance Rebate: The price of your policy can vary by over 25% due to rebate. It's mainly based on your age and income.
  • Lifetime Health Cover Loading: If you don't have hospital cover after age 31, a 2% loading will be added to the price each year you don't have it.
  • State: The cost of medical care is different in every state, and that's reflected in your premiums.
  • Policy Excess: A policy with a larger excess will have lower premiums, but you will have more out of pocket costs when you claim.
Name Product Treatments Price Apply
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$46.63
per month
Flex 50
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$36.57
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$27.82
per month
Flex 60
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$55.34
per month
HCF MID EXTRAS
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$35.06
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$12.97
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$50.36
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$38.04
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$37.51
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$27.86
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$76.64
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$35.40
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$58.39
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$43.12
per month
Simple Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$41.96
per month
Essential Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$51.87
per month
Complete 60
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$65.48
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$70.38
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$50.36
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$49.53
per month
Dental Boost
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$42.30
per month
Frank More Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$59.33
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$38.30
per month
HCF VITAL EXTRAS
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$61.86
per month
Family Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Orthodontic
  • Endodontic
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Remedial massage
$62.09
per month
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What does major dental insurance cover?

  • Complex oral surgery. For example, some wisdom tooth extractions are classed as major dental.
  • Dentures. Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that can be fitted to replace any number of missing teeth.
  • Dental crowns and bridges. These are two different but very closely related types of dental implant you may need. They act like partial fake teeth permanently installed on top of damaged existing teeth.
  • Root canals. For example, if a tooth has fissured or cracked and the interior pulpy tissue becomes infected and inflamed, you may need root canal.
  • Periodontics. This encompasses a variety of non-tooth related treatments such as treatment of gingivitis and other oral tissue problems.
  • Veneers. A cover of porcelain or resin that are fixed into the front of the teeth. This procedure is mainly done for changes in shape and colour of the teeth.

How does private health insurance cover major dental?

Health insurance for dental is split into general and major dental, which are explained below. Orthodontic cover and endodontic cover is also available in some higher tier extras policies.

Major dental

Major dental

Major dental is covered by most mid-range extras policies which let you claim up to around $800 per year. They generally cover more complex procedures such as root canal therapy (endodontics), root planing, more complex fillings and non-tooth related surgery (periodontics). Major dental usually doesn't include orthodontics – you'll need to pay extra for that – and most treatments come with a 12-month waiting period.

General dental

General dental

General dental is available in most extras mid-tier policies, including every policy that also includes major dental. This can cover you for the basics like your 6 month exam, scale and clean, fluoride treatments, X-rays, some fillings and simple extractions.

Major dental waiting periods and claim limits

  • Major dental waiting periods. Most extras policies will come with a 12-month waiting period. This means you need to hold cover for a year before you can start claiming on treatments like endodontics, root planing and periodontics. Basic dental usually comes with a two-month waiting period.
  • Claim limits. A benefit limit is the most the insurer will pay per year, per person. Most mid-range major dental insurance policies come with a $500 to $800 limit. In some cases, sub-limits may apply for specific treatments, such as periodontics.

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