What is emergency dental?
Dental emergencies are defined as any therapy that needs to be completed rapidly in order to prevent additional harm, halt bleeding, or relieve the patient of acute discomfort. Accidents resulting in tooth loss or serious damage, as well as excruciating toothaches, are common situations we see. In these situations, seeing a dentist as soon as possible can help preserve your tooth, relieve acute discomfort, and prevent infection from spreading.
Our priority during emergency appointments is to relieve any discomfort and resolve the current problem. Please bear in mind that if a substantial amount of work is required, further sessions may be required to finish any continuing therapy. If you’ve been in an accident and suspect your teeth or gums have been hurt, or if you have a terrible toothache, you should see a dentist every once in a while. In some cases, the Emergency Department is better able to handle the situation. After speaking with a dentist, our front office team can tell you if this is the right option for you.
How do you distinguish urgent care?
When you have a dental emergency, it’s tough to stay calm. But how do you know when it’s time to call your dentist and when it’s best to wait? We’ve compiled a short list of things we consider to be urgent.
- Missing teeth
- Teeth cracks or chips
- Painful toothaches
- Wobbly teeth
- Uncontrollable bleeding
Whether you feel the problem is urgent or not, it is worthwhile to contact us. We have the experience to assist you to obtain the best possible result because our front office team handles hundreds of calls every week. Whether you’re a current or prospective patient, we’ll be pleased to put you in the proper way.
ACC has conditions that must be met in order to obtain coverage for dental injuries. ACC does not cover injuries caused by food or eating; if you broke a tooth or filling while eating something hard, ACC will not help you. Otherwise, ACC usually covers all injuries; however, damage to teeth that have been aggressively treated in the past may not be completely covered.
Your injuries will require medical attention in New Zealand. ACC will not cover your treatment in New Zealand if you break a tooth while travelling outside of New Zealand and have it temporarily repaired overseas. Non-residents may be glad to find that ACC can help them if they are injured in New Zealand.
You must make a claim for your injury within 12 months after incurring it to be covered; nevertheless, you should visit an ACC provider as soon as possible following your accident. All of the dentists at Northcote Dental are certified ACC providers with extensive expertise in treating a variety of dental injuries. Our front desk staff can also help you document your injury and complete any necessary documentation.
Contact Northcote Dental if you are in excruciating pain or have a dental emergency, and we will help you resolve the problem! Please keep in mind that after hours, we do not provide emergency care. Contact an emergency care centre or go to your local emergency room if it is beyond our usual hours.