A woman tripped. I tried to help her up, but the man she was with got angry and assaulted me. He’s been arrested. But, I noticed my front teeth feel a bit loose. I’m guessing this needs to be looked at. I don’t have a regular dentist at the moment. I’m new to the area. Most of my finances are tied up at the moment because of the move. Is it possible to charge my assaulter for the visit?
Yikes! I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the musical “Wicked”, but they have a song entitled “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished”. I bet that’s how you’re feeling about now. I don’t know if it’s any consolation to you, but you’re never wrong for trying to help a fellow human being.
About your teeth…This needs to be attended to as soon as possible. Because you don’t have a dentist at the moment, I’d do an internet search for an emergency dentist. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up liking their practice enough to find your new dental provider?
Let them know what happened when you call so they can be prepared. Make sure you don’t wiggle it. I know it’s tempting when the tooth is loose, but you will stretch and possibly snap the ligaments altogether. Your dentist will do x-rays to make sure there’s no damage to the pulp. If the tooth can be saved he’ll splint it to give the ligaments time to heal.
You don’t want to wait. The sooner you’re seen the better chance you have of saving your tooth.
Who Pays for Emergency Dental Appointments?
Unfortunately, the dentist can only charge the person receiving the treatment, unless it’s a minor. Of course, if by chance he’s agreeable, your assaulter could agree to pay and then he can be charged. I’m sure his attorney can suggest to him it will go far in showing remorse during his court case.
If he doesn’t agree to payment on is own, you can take him to small claims court. If payments are an issue, most dentists are willing to work with you in emergency situations like yours. I don’t think you’ll have problems getting a payment plan.
Options if your tooth can’t be saved
You have several options if for some reason the tooth is lost.
- Dental Implant: This is the top of the line replacement. It puts a prosthetic root in your jawbone and uses a dental crown to for the restoration.
- Dental Bridge: This uses a dental crown on the two adjacent teeth with a false tooth suspended between them.
- Removable Partial Denture: This is just what it sounds like. It’s a part of a denture which clips onto your teeth.
- Dental Flipper: This is a single tooth which clips onto your teeth. It’s the least expensive option but is meant to be temporary while you save for or wait on another, better option.
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