I was at a playground today and a child had been kicked in the face. It knocked his tooth out. His mom just brushed him off and sent him on his way. Should she have taken him to the dentist?
Brenda B. – South Dakota
If it was an adult tooth, he should have been taken in right away. Ideally, you should be treated within thirty minutes in order to have the best chance to save the tooth.
However, if it was a baby tooth and the child was OK to continue playing, it likely wasn’t a dental emergency.
It would still be important to go in, but it wouldn’t have to be immediately. Depending on the age of the child, a dentist might want to put in a space maintainer, in order to assure there would be adequate room for his adult teeth to come in.
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I received a groupon offer for 84% off dental implants. I passed it up because it seemed too good to be true. Now I’m wondering if I should try to get in on it.
Belinda G. – New York
You were right to pass it up. In order for a dentist to lower his price that much, he’d have to cut corners somewhere. Halfway decent fixtures alone cost between $300 and $500.
It’s very likely he is cutting costs by getting cheap fixtures. That could lead to dental implant failure, which definitely won’t save you any money.
What I would hate to see is if you thought you were getting full sized traditional implants, but were instead given mini-implants. They do not function the same way.
What you really want are affordable dental implants, not cheap implants. There is a difference. If the price is too low, there is probably a reason. There are safer ways to save money. I would talk to your dentist about your desire for dental implants and be honest with him or her about your financial situation. There are ways to deal with that without compromising quality.
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