Canadian Dental Care Plan

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP), introduced by the Government of Canada and administered by Sun Life, marks a significant advancement in making oral healthcare more accessible and affordable for Canadians without dental insurance. The plan is designed to cover a broad range of dental services with the goal of maintaining oral health, preventing dental issues, and treating diseases.

Here is an outline of what procedures are covered under the CDCP and how co-pays work:

Covered Procedures

The CDCP covers a wide array of dental services across various categories:

– **Diagnostic** This includes dental exams, x-rays (subject to limitations, for instance, Panoramic radiograph only covered every 5 years),
– **Oral Surgery:** Services under this category include the removal of teeth and roots, surgical removal of tumors and cysts, treatments for jaw bone fractures,among others.
– **Anesthesia/Sedation Services:** Limited coverage requiring preauthorization.

It’s crucial to note that some of these services, especially under the categories of major services and anesthesia/sedation, require preauthorization from the plan.

Adding to the comprehensive overview of the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) and its various covered services, it’s crucial to highlight an important aspect regarding the billing of dental services under this program. The CDCP does not adhere to provincial dental fee guides, which are often used by dental care providers to set the prices for their services.

Instead, the CDCP establishes its own fee schedule, which may differ from the fees outlined by provincial and territorial oral health associations.

The CDCP provides a benefit to reduce the costs of dental care, but does not cover the full cost of specialist care. Fees for specialist services are set by the provincial fee guide. Maxillo3D is happy to help patients obtain their maximum entitlements according to the plan, to offset the cost of specialist dental care.

The CDCP operates on a co-payment system based on the adjusted family net income of the insured:

– Families with an adjusted net income of less than $70,000 are eligible for full the full supplement provided toward eligible dental service costs.
– Families with incomes between $70,000 and $79,999, are eligible for 60% of the supplement provided toward eligible dental service costs.
– Families with incomes $80,000 and $89,999 are eligible for 40% of the supplement provided toward eligible dental service costs.

For more detailed information on the Canadian Dental Care Plan, including eligibility and application processes, please visit the official website and Sun Life’s information page on the CDCP.

Billing and Patient Responsibilities

Patients enrolled in the CDCP may find that the cost of some dental services exceeds the fees established by the plan. In such cases, the difference in cost is billed directly to the patient. This means that, regardless of the coverage level provided by the CDCP, any amount that goes beyond the plan’s set fees will be the patient’s responsibility to pay. It’s essential for patients to have a clear understanding of this aspect to manage their expectations and budget accordingly for their dental care needs.

However, despite these potential additional charges, patients under the CDCP will always receive the benefits to which they are entitled. The plan is designed to ensure that eligible Canadians have access to necessary dental care services, thereby improving oral health outcomes across the country. It’s a significant step towards making dental care more accessible and reducing the financial barriers that many Canadians face when seeking oral health services.

To mitigate any surprises regarding additional charges, patients are strongly advised to discuss all potential costs with their dental care providers before receiving treatment. This discussion should include an inquiry into the likelihood of any charges exceeding the CDCP’s established fees and a clear understanding of any financial obligations that may fall to the patient.


The introduction of the CDCP represents a pivotal development in public health policy, offering a structured approach to dental care for Canadians without dental insurance. By understanding the specifics of the coverage, including the billing practices and the potential for additional charges, patients can better navigate the system and make informed decisions about their dental care. For more detailed information, please consult the official website and Sun Life’s information page on the CDCP.