Did you know that if your tooth is knocked out, you can get it put back in? Or that the number one dental accident in New Zealand are chipped teeth? If you knocked out a tooth out opening a bottle cap Switch Family Dental can help!

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We work with ACC, who cover costs for dental work or replacements from injuries. ACC will cover anyone and everyone in New Zealand who is injured or involved in an accident and in need of dental work. If you’re a visitor, beneficiary, child, adult, teenager, student, employed, unemployed or retired, you are eligible for ACC compensation.

Switch Family Dental can make claims on your behalf and do all the paperwork. All you need to do is focus on recovering. ACC’s compensation clauses are no-fault and will cover or subsidise the costs of your appointments, treatment and recovery. That means no matter what you were doing or how the accident happened, ACC will cover you according to their legislation.

If you’re injured, immediately seek help from your Switch Family dentist. We have emergency examinations available every day of the week. As long as you haven’t caused damage from general wear and tear, you will be covered replacement costs for dentures, prostheses and implants.

In the meantime, here are some practical steps to take between your injury and meeting your dentist for some of our most common injuries. If your accident isn’t listed here, get a mate to call us and we’ll walk you through some simple first aid for your teeth.

If your tooth is knocked out, it can be put back in without too much trouble. Pick up the tooth by the top, clean out any dirt or grime – you don’t want any carpet fluff going in your mouth! Next, put the tooth gently back in the socket and hold it there by gently biting down on some cloth. If you can’t get the tooth back in, just pop it in a glass of milk and bring it with you to the dentist. The dentist will replant your tooth immediately.

For vegans and non-dairy drinkers, or if you just don’t have milk in the house, pop the tooth under your lip and get to Switch Family Dental as quick as you can. Just be careful not swallow your tooth!

Should your tooth get chipped or cracked, it’s crucial to protect your broken tooth. Your dentist at Switch Family Dental will place a covering over your tooth. Inner layers like dental pulp or roots might be exposed, which can get infected very quickly if left unattended. Give us a call and head on down. If you still have the chipped part of your tooth, bring it too and our dentist will see if they can use it to repair the tooth. If not, you have a small souvenir and a good story to tell!

Displaced teeth are if your tooth isn’t quite knocked out, but is definitely hanging out or pushed pack. If you can’t close your teeth normally, or your bite is uncomfortable, get to Switch Family Dental as soon as possible. The sooner we can put the tooth back in its normal position, the best chance your tooth has of surviving. If your tooth survives, it means fewer complications in the long run and a reduced risk of infection.

Since we’re in such a central Hutt location, Switch Family Dental is easy to get to in Lower Hutt, so you can race on down. The bottom line is this: no matter the injury or cause, no matter who’s at fault, get to Switch Family Dental as soon as possible.