My nine-year-old daughter had an accident last night. She fell down and broke one of her upper front teeth and the other one in front is cracked. When we took her into the dentist today, we were told that they don’t have any time to fix it right now and that we need to wait a few weeks. This is not sitting well with me because I think she should be able to have it fixed right away. The dentist made it sound like there was no rush because the root needs to be able to desensitize. Do you think we need to wait or can I take her somewhere else?
– Gina from Nevada
There should not be any reason to wait to get your daughter’s tooth repaired. If you can find the broken off piece you can find an experienced cosmetic dentist and they should be able to repair it for you.
Make sure you visit an expert cosmetic dentist and not just a general dentist. The re-attachment of this kind of situation will require someone with true artistic ability to match the other front tooth. The truth is that 98% of general dentists will not be able to do this.
If you can’t locate the missing part of the tooth, then a dental bond will work to fix the broken tooth since she is so young. When she is older it may need to have a single dental crown placed due to the size of the pulp. This all depends on the extent of the damage.
Best of luck.
This post was provided by Lafayette dentist Theriot Family Dental Care.
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