Monthly Archives: June 2015

Boyfriend knocked my tooth out. Don’t want my mom to know.

My parents are out of the country. I’ve had the house to myself the past two weeks.  They’ll be home in two weeks themselves.  My boyfriend and I got into a huge fight last night. He pushed me and I tripped and landed on the bar.  My front tooth got knocked out.  Clarke feels real bad about it and apologized a ton. I don’t want my mom to find out because we got into a fight once before. My mom said if it happened again she wouldn’t let me see him anymore.  If I’m 17, can I get it fixed on my own or will a parent have to accompany me?

Sienna F. – Hamptons

Sienna,

In most states the age of majority is eighteen. Until then, you will likely need to have your mother’s permission to get medical treatment. I’m assuming because your mother was going to be out of the country for so long that she has a guardianship filled out for someone in case of emergency.  This person can also take you.  Hopefully, she told you who that was.

If not, you can call your mom and find out.  She wouldn’t have to know how your tooth came out, but you need to be treated. It’s likely too late to save your tooth, because you waited too long to be treated. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get the tooth replaced.  Generally, when a tooth is knocked out, you need to get to an emergency dentist with the tooth within thirty minutes.

On a personal note, just because you can lie about what happened to your tooth doesn’t mean you should. I know you probably love your boyfriend very much, but you need to consider that if he’s got a problem with his temper this young it will only get worse.  It would probably be best for him to be held accountable early on so he takes getting help seriously.

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How do I know cadaver bone is healthy for dental implants?

I wanted to get dental implants, but my dentist said I need bone grafting done.  I am not crazy about the idea of cadaver bone. My biggest fear is that I will catch something from someone else’s bone. How do I know it is safe?

Jennifer H. – Idaho

Jennifer,

I can understand for some people there is a creep factor when thinking about grafting someone else’s bone into their body. However, the procedure is very carefully monitored and safe.

If you’re worried about catching something, you should know there are several procedures to keep that from happening. Before anything happens with the bone, it is tested to make susre it is healthy.  After that, It goes through processing and is sterilized.

If you don’t have the grafting procedure, you likely can’t have dental implants done succesfully. If your doctor recommended them, it is because you have a bone deficiency in your jaw bone.

This blog is brought to you by Libertyville Dentist Dr. David Potts.