Services insured by the RAMQ

Any insured person is entitled to certain oral surgical services in a hospital because of trauma or illness, provided free of charge. Related examinations, local or general anesthesia and x-rays are also covered. The costs related to tooth and root extraction are not covered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), however.

Examples of services covered:

  • bone graft
  • drainage of an abscess
  • removal of a cyst or tumour
  • reduction of a fracture
  • repair of a laceration
  • repositioning of the jaw
  • treatment of bone inflammation
  • treatment of jaw articulation
  • treatment of salivary glands

For children under age 10

Children under age 10 receive the following services free of charge (some in dental clinics, others in hospitals and certain services in both places):

  • one examination per year
  • emergency examinations
  • X-rays
  • local or general anesthesia
  • amalgam (grey) fillings for the posterior teeth
  • fillings using esthetic materials (white) for the anterior teeth
  • prefabricated crowns
  • sedative dressings, i.e. temporary fillings intended to reduce pain
  • endodontics (including, in their case, root canal treatment, apexification, pulpectomy, pulpotomy and emergency opening of the pulp canal)
  • tooth and root extractions
  • the oral surgery services covered for all

The costs related to cleaning and applying fluoride, as well as pit and fissure sealants, are not covered by the Régie for children under age 10.

For recipients of last-resort financial assistance and their dependants

The Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale determines the conditions for entitlement to covered services. For further information, please contact your local employment centre.

Source : RAMQ website,