Dental services


Te Whatu Ora Whanganui - Hospital Dental Unit


We provide a range of outpatient and inpatient oral health services on referral from a medical or dental practitioner.


A limited range of dental services are funded for some adults.  You may still need to pay some of the treatment cost.


 Those eligible include:

  • people with disabilities or medical conditions such as mouth cancer who may be referred to the hospital dental unit for their dental treatment by their usual dental practitioner or GP.
  • people who are referred for oral and maxillofacial (surgery of the face and jaw) services
  • those who need hospital dental unit level care for their dental needs
  • children who require dental treatment under general anaesthesia. 


Contact details

8am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
First Floor, Clinical Services Building,

Te Whatu Ora Whanganui

Whanganui Hospital
06 348 3120 


Community Oral Health Service

Free dental care for children and adolescents

New Zealand children are entitled to free basic oral health services from birth until their 18th birthday.


It’s important to enrol your child as early as possible with the service, so you can arrange the first check-up.


Your child’s first visit will usually be between six and nine months of age.


Dental staff will let you know the time of your appointment once you enrol.


To enrol from birth to Year 8 call 0800 Talk Teeth 0800 825 583 or complete the information sheet below and email it to


Information Sheet – Community Oral Health Service


If your child is Year 9 or older, you can choose which dentist to provide your child's dental care. 


Enrolment to Adolescent Oral Health Services form


Local Dental Care Providers List


Mobile Dental Clinics

We have seven mobile dental clinics in our district. Download 2023 Mobile Dental Contact numbers here.


Fixed Dental Clinics

Our fixed dental clinics in the Whanganui District are as follows:

Whanganui Intermediate Dental Clinic
Tawhero Dental Clinic
Ohakune Dental Clinic
Taihape Dental Centre 
Marton Primary Dental Clinic
06 348 1716
06 344 5474
06 385 8195
06 388 9245
06 327 6016

021 562 713
021 605 704 
021 597 782
021 591 084
021 552 931

Related information: 

Sugar content in food and drink
Preventative treatments
Dental materials
Pulpotomy and stainless crowns

Radiographs (X-rays)

Publicly funded dental care - Ministry of Health website