If I went to a concert and someone literally jumped on top of me and now my tooth is loose, can I charge them or the venue for my dental appointment? It looks like I’m going to need an emergency dentist. I thought I might be imagining the loose tooth, but now I’m pretty sure it’s loose when I wiggle it. I’m hoping an emergency dentist can save my tooth, but I shouldn’t have to pay for it myself.
First, you have to stop wiggling the tooth. There are ligaments which hold your tooth in place. When you wiggle your tooth, you’re stretching those ligaments. Eventually, they will snap. Second, you will need to see an emergency dentist if you don’t have a regular dentist. If you do, I’m sure he or she would fit you in very quickly in order to save your tooth.
Whoever you see, you need to do it soon. They’ll splint your loose tooth to give the ligaments time to heal. They’ll also do x-rays in order to determine if any damage was done to the pulp. If it was, then you’ll need a root canal treatment. Hopefully, it’s just a matter of giving the ligament time to heal.
Who Pays For Dental Emergency Appointments?
If the person who jumped on you is willing to pay for the appointment that would be great. The dentist charges the person who receives the service. However, they can call the office and give their credit card information in order to pay ahead of time or they can reimburse you for your charges. If they’re not willing to pay for their damages, you can save all your dental expenses as a result of their actions, including time lost from work for treatment and take them to small claims court.
I can’t imagine the venue would be willing to pay the dentist unless they were responsible for the person jumping on you. They can’t control the actions of others.
The Danger of Putting Off Treatment
I know it’s tempting to put off dental expenses. In this case, it would be dangerous. You could very well end up losing your tooth. Then you’re talking about a much larger expense. Tooth replacement options are pretty pricey, especially if you want a decent replacement such as dental implants. Prevention can save you a ton of money.
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