My mom and dad are out of town. I’m not really supposed to go skateboarding without a helmet and mouth guard. I sort of did and now have a broken tooth. I have money and want to get this fixed before they get back. Will a dentist let me go? I’m 16 and can drive myself.
It is admirable that you are trying to be responsible and take care of this without disturbing your parents on their trip. However, when you’re a minor, you can’t receive treatment without a parent or guardian’s approval.
If your parents were planning on being out of town for a while, they may have given someone authority to get you medical care if it became necessary. You may need to call them to find out if they did that.
Tooth Trauma is a Dental Emergency
When you have trauma to a tooth, it is important you get seen right away. In fact, it’s considered a dental emergency. I know you’re probably more concerned with the obvious external damage, but there can be serious damage internally which can cause you to lose your tooth. Timely treatment can save it.
Your dentist will need to do x-rays. If there’s damage to the pulp he’ll need to do a root canal treatment. Then, he’ll place a dental crown over the tooth. This will take care of the broken part as well.
If Your Tooth Can’t Be Saved
There is a possibility when there is a large amount of trauma that your tooth will not be able to be saved. If that happens, your dentist will do an extraction. When you are older and your jaw is fully developed, you can get a dental implant to replace it.
Until then, you can use a dental flipper or removable partial denture.
Please, call your parents and let them know what happened.
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