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The Alberta government operates a Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors, which are based on income and provide low-to-moderate-income seniors with financial assistance for basic dental and optical services that help maintain a reasonable level of health.

  • You could be eligible for up to a maximum of $5,000 of coverage for eligible procedures every 5 years under the Dental program and up to $230 every three years for prescription eyeglasses under the Optical program.

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General eligibility

To be eligible you must be 65 years of age or older and have an income level within the limits allowed by the program. You must have resided in Alberta at least three months immediately before applying. You must also be a Canadian citizen, or have been admitted into Canada for permanent residence (landed immigrant).

Apply for assistance

You only need to apply once to these programs. Seniors who have previously applied for the Alberta Seniors Benefit program, the Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors programs or have completed a Seniors Financial Assistance application are already enrolled.

Seniors who are not currently enrolled will need to complete a Seniors Financial Assistance application form, found on the Government of Alberta website.

Eligible seniors are covered for some dental procedures. Below is a list of what is covered and what is not covered.

What is covered for seniors

  • Diagnostic services – examinations and x-rays
  • Preventative services – polishing and scaling
  • Restorative services – fillings, trauma/pain control/pins
  • Extractions – simple and complicated
  • Root canals (Endodontics)
  • Procedures relating to gum disease (Periodontics) – root planing
  • Dentures (Prosthodontics) – full and partial basic dentures

Procedures not covered

  • Bridges
  • Crowns
  • Braces
  • Implants
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Teeth Bleaching
  • Inlays (gold or gems)

Please contact us if you have any specific questions in regards to your treatment plan.

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