By meh - 04/01/2010 22:29 - United Kingdom
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oh man that sucks. sue their asses and buy a new tooth from the money made.
he wouldnt win a lawsuit against them... if it was decayed so much then maybe it didnt look like an adult tooth because of it, and maybe if he learned to take care of himself then he wouldnt have this problem. The dentists office cant be sued for him failing to brush, only way theyd be sued is if they took out the non decayed tooth
She MAY be able to get a lawsuit. This is coming from someone who works in a Dental Office. First of all, they should have taken X-Rays before doing ANY work. From those X-rays, they would have been able to see any teeth growing underneath the gum to indicate that the tooth you have now is a baby tooth and hence, the tooth underneath your gums is an adult tooth. So your dentist should NOT at all have said that your tooth was a baby tooth. If, for whatever reason, you were genuinely missing an adult tooth - as in its MIA underneath your gums, your dentist should have left your baby tooth in. The truth of the matter is, if you're young enough to still have baby teeth, your teeth could NOT have been so decayed that they were beyond repair. It is very likely that, even though your tooth was decayed, they should have been able to keep at least a remainder of it, most likely through a root canal/crown. However that being said, the majority of people who still have some baby teeth - even if they have horrible dental hygiene - at worst, they need major fillings done. Pulling the tooth out should be, with a decent dentist, the LAST resort. I would definitely get it all checked out OP. At the very least, you can get your bills covered for a bridge - a bridge will put in place a tooth for the one that's missing. :)
"if you're young enough to still have baby teeth, your teeth could NOT have been so decayed that they were beyond repair." Are you sure about that? Because I was 30 when my last baby tooth fell out. It's hard to take you seriously when you make an uninformed statement like that.
If it decayed, would you still want it? I'm no teeth expert so I'm sure someone with more knowledge will reply to this and explain to me in better terms. Maybe I'm reading it wrong, sounds like they thought your baby tooth decayed so they took it out, only to find out they took out an adult tooth which was decayed. Or did they take the wrong tooth out?
Pretty much my thoughts. And OP - if the tooth is decayed, I'm not sure you want it hanging about. Plus it's fairly gross.... perhaps you weren't brushing your teeth correctly (and by correctly I also mean using the correct technique, not just brushing more often)? YDI, unless they accidentally pulled the wrong tooth out (i.e., the decayed one is still in there). The post wasn't quite clear on that aspect.
im confused...they pulled out the wrong tooth? or they just removed an adult one???!?!?
Well, I'm not sure, but I think it would be hard for them to accidentally pull the wrong one since the correct one is decayed. So I'm guessing they somehow (probably on the previous visit) marked it in their charts as a baby tooth mistakenly. But IDK, could be either.
man, you'd think your dentist would have done that procedure enough times that he'd know the drill.
Brush your damn teeth. None of your teeth should be decaying, baby or adult.
That's not even logical. Most dentists don't do too much with baby teeth because they fall out on their own, if your tooth rotted that badly and you're still young enough to have baby teeth, fyl. But it sounds to me like someone didn't quit clarify the situation to you in the first place.
I'm 21 and still have 2 baby molars. My mother is 47 and had to have a baby tooth removed 3 years ago because it finally started to go. A lot of people still have baby teeth when they're older because an adult tooth just never grew in below it, so the mouth doesn't know to get rid of it. And the problem with this is that baby teeth aren't designed to last your whole life; they're much weaker than adult teeth and much more prone to decay even if you take good care of them. So fuck you for being ignorant.