PRSI Entitlements

PRSI Dental Entitlements, Insurance and Cover

Dental Care Ireland understands that the cost of dental treatments is important to our patients. We are committed to offering value to our patients in our local family dental practices throughout the country whether thorough; private plans, PRSI dental entitlements, medical card or insurance provider.

PRSI Dental Entitlements

Did you know that as a PRSI payer, you may be entitled an exam, scale and polish for only €15 per year?

Approximately two million people in Ireland pay PRSI but surprisingly only 25% of those eligible claim their exam, scale and polish for €15 that they are entitled to.

It is important to note that not all dentists are registered providers of the PRSI dental scheme but if they are, you should be entitled to claim an annual free check-up with them as well as a subsidised scale and polish for €15.

Visiting your dentist regularly is important to ensure that any issues are detected early, before they become bigger and often expensive problems.

The Treatment Benefit Scheme is run by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) and provides dental, optical and aural services to qualified people. The Treatment Benefit Scheme is available to insured workers, the self-employed and retired people who have the required number of PRSI contributions.

Under the Treatment Benefit Scheme, you may qualify for:

  • Dental benefit
  • Optical benefit
  • Hearing aids

There is a number of criteria for claiming PRSI dental entitlements the main one being, you must have paid Class A, E, P, H or S social insurance contributions. The amount of social insurance you need depends on your age.

A spouse, civil partner or cohabitant may, of course, qualify in their own right if they have enough social insurance contributions. If your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant does not have enough social insurance contributions he/she may still qualify for Treatment Benefit on your social insurance record. To do this, you must qualify for Treatment Benefit and your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant must be dependent on you.

Medical Card holders

Adults (over 16 years of age) who have a valid medical card can access a range of dental services and treatments under the Dental Treatment Service Scheme.

All medical card holders are entitled to specific dental treatments e.g.,

  • A dental examination
  • Two fillings in each calendar year
  • Extractions as necessary

Some treatments such as the provision of dentures require the approval of the HSE before the dentist can proceed and in this case, the dentist applies directly to the HSE.

Additional treatments for example, teeth cleaning are available to those persons with specific medical conditions and again, your dentist will be able to advise you of your entitlement if this is the case. The HSE dental section may require written documentation outlining your medical condition and/or medications from your G.P. or other relevant medical person.

For more information, check out the HSE website.

Specialist Dental Treatments

Some specialist dental treatments qualify for tax relief, meaning you can offset the total cost of your treatment against your income tax liability. All you need to do is fill out a Med 2 form and your dentist will sign on your behalf. Treatments covered include:

For more information, please contact Revenue.

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Dental insurance can cover some or all of the cost of many dental treatments. Please contact your insurance provider to find out if your treatment is eligible for cover under your plan.

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