I joined a club at school that my dad told me not to. Something happened while I was there and I ended up getting a front tooth knocked out. When I went home and explained to my dad what happened, he said that he doesn’t have money for the dentist. I disobeyed so the tooth is my problem. I’m only twelve and don’t have a way of making enough money for the dentist. I have about $7 I made in babysitting, but that is it. What do I do? I don’t want to live my life with one of my front teeth missing. I’m so ugly. It’s too embarassing.
Bella K. – Oregon
I’m very sorry for what you’re going through. I want you to know that even though you feel ugly because one of your teeth is missing, that doesn’t mean you are ugly.
Let’s try to get you some help. Because you’re a minor, one of your parents will need to consent to treatment. There’s good news too. Dentists become dentists because they like helping people. I bet if you called around and explained your sitution, there will be at least one willing to work with you to get treatment.
I’d start by doing a Google search for affordable dentist. Then talk with them until you find one you’re comfortable with.
There are levels of treatment. Maybe at first, you can get a temporary treatment like a removable partial denture until you can afford one the better (but priceier) treatments.
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I had the worst dental appointment. I need to have several teeth removed. My dentist said I need to have dental implants put in, but I just can’t afford it. My dentist essentially told me that if I cared about my teeth I’d get the implants because they are the best treatment. He made me feel stupid. He also hinted that I wouldn’t look as attractive. I’ll be honest, when I got home I broke down and cried. What woman wants to be less attractive? I just can’t afford it.
Cyndy- Bartlett, TN
I’m having trouble not getting angry at your dentist and I’ve not even met him. Let me just say to get it out before we discuss your case, that I believe he is being unethical and manipulative.
I really hope, but am doubting, that your dentist gave you all your options. Yes, dental implants are the ideal solution, but they’re the only option. The last thing your dentist should be doing is making you feel guilty about needing a more affordable dental option. He certainly shouldn’t be making comments about your appearance.
If he was any good at his job, he could make your smile beautiful no matter what procedure you chose.
You could also look into dental bridges or removable partial dentures as very viable options to dental implants. If you feel like you can communicate with your dentist, I’d discuss those options with him. However, I would be more inclined to tell you to find a less manipulative dentist.
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