Patients’ frequently asked questions

What service does the dental helpline provide?

The helpline will endeavour to find a dentist in the local area. If successful, the operator will make an appointment for you or provide you with contact details if you prefer. Whilst every endeavour will be made to source a dentist and make an appointment, the dental helpline cannot guarantee that a dentist will be available to see you.

What is temporary emergency treatment?

Temporary emergency treatment is dental treatment that is urgent and necessarily required to stabilise your oral condition pending subsequent permanent treatment.

Can I request a payment for permanent treatment received during an emergency appointment?

No. Unless the emergency appointment is required as a result of a Dental Trauma, the Scheme provides for Emergency Temporary Treatment. If permanent treatment is received, any payment under the Scheme will be based on the likely cost of Emergency Temporary Treatment had this been delivered in isolation.

I have tripped and damaged a tooth (e.g. in a fall whilst running for a bus). The tooth had already been identified as a tooth requiring treatment; can I request assistance from the Scheme?

If your request for assistance has been pre-authorised you should complete a Request for Assistance Form. The Scheme Manager will investigate both the circumstances surrounding the injury incident and the pre-incident condition of the tooth to determine how much benefit in the Scheme Manager’s absolute discretion may be paid.

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Dental emergencies

Click on the link below for information on what to do in the event of a dental emergency.