If you are in pain or discomfort with a dental emergency, we can help you.
Dental emergencies may range from mild to severe and include:
Oral pain, swelling and, in some cases, bleeding are all symptoms of dental damage that requires emergency treatment. As the mouth is neurologically connected to the head and body, other symptoms like headaches and nausea may be felt.
These types of dental emergencies may have different causes, such as an injury inflicted during sports or physical activity, trauma, swollen mouth, bacterial infection, abnormal cell growth (neoplasm), disease and irregular dental habits.
Each dental emergency is evaluated on a case-by-case basis for diagnosis and treatment. Broken teeth may be saved through fillings or crown or be extracted for replacement with artificial teeth, such as dental bridges or dental implants. For infections, root canal treatment may be necessary or oral surgery. The dental care professionals at Northmed Dental are trained to manage dental emergencies for patients across all ages and in two convenient locations: Northcote and Mairangi Bay.
If you have a dental emergency and need urgent help, call us at the location closest to you, or complete the contact form popup on the lower right of this page.
Leaving an oral condition untreated may not only lead to a dental emergency but can affect your overall health, particularly if a person has other medical conditions, such as diabetes or cardiac problems. People can avoid dental emergencies by being careful during physical activities, wearing mouth guards during sports, visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and seeking treatment early for any dental or oral concerns.
If you suffer a dental injury, see your dentist about the injury as soon as possible. Make sure that your treatment is carried out by a registered dentist. We will help you complete an ACC claim form. In most cases we will treat you on the first visit and charge you part of the normal fee and ACC will pay the rest of the cost.
If you need to take time off work due to your injury then we will complete a medical certificate for you. If you are likely to need treatment from a specialist then ACC must approve this treatment as necessary and appropriate first. We will discuss your treatment with you and can show you the ACC Schedule of Dental Treatment Costs Contributions. You need to ensure you are fully informed of what your financial responsibility is before undergoing any dental treatment.
If you are on a benefit, pension, student allowance or you are on a limited income then you may be entitled to financial assistance from WINZ for urgent dental treatment. Come in and see us for a FREE WINZ quote.
If you need help with urgent dental treatment and are eligible for assistance then WINZ will generally allow up to $300.00 for your treatment which is non-recoverable (you don’t have to pay it back). They may be able to assist you with more depending on your situation.
WINZ will generally only make one payment for urgent dental treatment per year. How much you are entitled to will depend on your situation. *They may not be able to cover the full cost of treatment. You don’t have to be on a benefit to qualify for this help. You may have to pay the money back depending on your situation.