My daughter chipped her front tooth. She’s only 11 and will be very embarrassed to go back to school like this. I called her dentist and he said he didn’t have time to see her. I understood that because it was Christmas Eve. I asked if we could come after Christmas to get it fixed and he said he wouldn’t have time until February. When I said I felt that was too embarrassing to her he suggested I wouldn’t find a dentist to do it sooner because the nerves need time to calm down. Is that true? Should she just not smile until February at school?
The first thing I would do is be careful not to make your daughter feel self-conscious about the chip in her tooth. Tell her it’s like a scraped knee. It looks a little different right now because of the injury but it will be fixed.
I have no idea why your dentist told you the nerves have to calm down, except to prevent you from going to another dentist until he can get to your daughter. This doesn’t give me the best confidence in him as a dentist. One of the essential elements of a good relationship with your caregiver is trust. If he is willing to lie to keep you there, then he is breaking that trust.
I would look for another dentist right after Christmas. It doesn’t have to be a pediatric specialist. It can also be a general dentist who enjoys treating children.
One way to fix a chipped tooth is with dental bonding. It will have to be replaced periodically. If it is a large chip, they may have to do a more substantial repair, but I’d let the dentist look at it before worrying about that. Most chips can be repaired with a simple fix.
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