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When a worker in B.C. suffers damage to the teeth or dentures as a result of a workplace injury, WorkSafeBC is responsible for paying the cost of those repairs. To ensure that B.C. workers receive optimal dental care, WorkSafeBC will pay according to the fee guide of the Association of Dental Surgeons of B.C. This allows injured workers to seek treatment from their dentist of choice as long as that dentist agrees to abide by the fee guide.
Except in an emergency, all new dental work must be approved by WorkSafeBC before treatment begins. To obtain approval:
Please include an estimate of the treatment required and the cost of that treatment. The fees acceptable to WorkSafeBC are outlined in the current fee guide of the Association of Dental Surgeons of B.C. List only the dental fee portion of the costs. Please do not include:
PO Box 94460, Station Main
Richmond, BC V6X 8V6
Attention: Dental consultant
If your patient is seeking treatment for an old workplace injury that was previously reported to WorkSafeBC, do not send in a Dentist's Report. Instead, complete and submit the Standard Dental Claim Form as outlined in Step 3.
If the injured worker's pain is so severe that sleep is impossible, contact WorkSafeBC for verbal authorization. If this is not possible, you can initiate treatment without pre-authorization but if authorization is ultimately declined, the worker will be responsible for all costs associated with the procedure.
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