My 10-year-old son was jumping on the neighbor’s trampoline, and came down on his face on the frame (no safety net). Half of his left front tooth broke off, and there is a horizontal crack in the right one. We took him to the ER to make sure he did not have any other injuries, which thank God he doesn’t. This morning, I took him to our family dentist and couldn’t believe it when he told us we will have to wait nearly three weeks for his schedule to allow him to fix it! Are you kidding me?? When I asked him if he could recommend someone who could fix it right away, he said we need to wait anyway, to let the root desensitize. I’ve never heard of this before.
Is it medically necessary to wait? I want this fixed right away.
Thank you in advance,
Jennifer in Portland, OR
Medically, there is no reason to wait. I’m not sure why your dentist won’t recommend someone else if he is too busy to take care of this right now. Your letter kind of implies that there is not much a trusting relationship with this dentist, which is a good indicator that you may want to consider finding a new dentist.
You don’t mention whether or not you have the piece that broke off the tooth, and hopefully you do. An experienced and talented cosmetic dentist may be able to reattach the broken piece of tooth. If you do not have the missing piece of tooth, the most likely fix for a child this age is direct dental bonding. When he is older, he will likely need porcelain crowns on one or both front teeth.
Direct dental bonding is a very demanding procedure, both technically and artistically. Keep this in mind when you choose a dentist to do the repair. You should look for an expert cosmetic dentist with demonstrated skills in direct dental bonding, and one who is sensitive to self-esteem issues in kids. If you talk to a dentist and he or she seems to be dismissing the importance of the appearance of those front teeth in a child, seek another opinion.
Best of luck to you.