ACC and your dental injury


What do I do if I’ve been in an accident involving my mouth?

If you’ve been involved in an accident and knocked a tooth, teeth or your mouth, it’s always a good idea to get it checked. Ideally, as soon as possible so we can register your injury with ACC, so you’re covered for any problems further down the track.

We are experienced with ACC dental claims and assess the issue, file all the paperwork and make any subsequent appointments. We will maintain records of these in case future claims need to be made.

Does ACC cover all of my dental treatment?

ACC compensates individuals who have sustained injuries through accidents including dental injuries. Tulip Dental is recognised as an ACC registered clinic.

Like all injuries, dental injuries are assessed by us and we pass the information on to ACC who will assess on a case-by-case basis to determine how much financial support they can offer if any.

In the majority of cases, Tulip Dental will carry out the required dental work and ACC will cover part of the cost of treatment, depending on the injury.

What do I need to do to make an ACC claim for dental treatment?

After you’ve been involved in an accident, ring us to make an appointment, we usually have same day emergency appointments for this exact occasion. We will assess it, fill in the paper work and file it on your behalf.

At your first appointment you will pay a small surcharge of $15 for the consultation, ACC will cover the rest. If you require further treatment we will advise you on the portion you will need to cover and how much ACC will contribute. Occasionally if you have been involved in a severe dental injury, you may require a referral to a specialist, we will advise ACC and a further claim will be made.

If your dental injury means you need to take time off work, you will need to discuss this with your doctor as dentists cannot sign off on that.

Does ACC cover all dental work?

ACC will only cover dental injuries that are a result of:

  • A sporting injury
  • An accident
  • As a result of medical or dental treatment

ACC don’t cover claims if:

  • Damage to your teeth or dentures is caused by wear and tear
  • Treatment was carried out by a dental technician and not a dentist
  • Your treatment was for an existing dental problem

You can find out more about ACC and the injuries they cover on their website.

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