This is going to sound weird, but I think a bouncer did something to my teeth. I was at a bar. Some guy had a little too much to drink and started causing problems. The bouncer came to deal with him, but lost his footing and hit me square in the mouth. After he took care of the sop, he apologized. I just left thinking I’d just have a fat lip. It’s been a few days, but now one of my teeth has turned gray and the one next to it seems to have a small pimple growing. It also hurts like the dickens. Do I need an emergency dentist? If so, can the bar be charged for the services seeing as they caused the injury?
Reasons for an Emergency Dentist
- Tooth Trauma
- Tooth Pain
- A pimple on your gums
- Broken Tooth
- Knocked Out Tooth
- Oral or Facial Pain
As you can see, you have several of these items listed. I would say an emergency dentist visit is definitely in order for you. If you already have a dentist, most make room in their schedule for emergency issues that pop up for their established patients.
If you don’t currently have a dentist, then yes, there are emergency dentists who will see a non-established patient in situations like yours.
The gray tooth means your tooth has died due to damage from the pulp. This will need root canal treatment. I can tell it’s already developed bacteria and an infection because that’s what a pimple on your gum means. It’s also the source of your pain.
If you don’t get this dealt with rather soon, it will spread. I know it sounds crazy, but people still die from tooth infections even in this modern age. It happens when they put off treatment for too long and the infection spreads to their brain or heart, both of which are very close to your jaw.
Who Should Pay for Your Emergency Dental Care?
Legally, a dentist can only charge the person who’s receiving the treatment, unless the other party has taken financial responsibility. You may want to contact the bar and see if they’re willing to pay for treatment up front. But, don’t put off your care for this. It will only make the situation much worse for you.
If they’re not willing to take responsibility, you could take them to court. You did say the bouncer apologized, so it’s obvious he realizes he did something wrong.
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