By Anonymous - 13/11/2018 13:30
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If you're first reaction is the fear of being judged by others (instead of finding out if he's really cool with this or if there's a reason for why he feels the need to undergo such a permanent change), then maybe you aren't the best parent around.
That's actually even more of a reason to worry - if people's preferred visual representation of themselves differs in such a strong manner, there can be an actual identity crisis behind this. (Which would not surprise me, because if your parent's biggest concern is how others will judge them and you, that can easily make a person feel disconnected to themselves.) Yours and OP's logic is: "This is crazy/insane/OP's son is not right in the head - better hide it/deny it because others will rightfully judge me for not preventing it" instead of "Okay this is way out of the norm and really concerning how he will majorly go out of his way to alter his appearance to something almost inhumane - maybe I should look into this while my neighbors can clutch their pearls behind closed doors for all I care." And I just think there might actually be a correlation.
The other tooth wouldn't have been removed and replaced in the same appointment, the most that could have happened to that tooth is they have crowned it (which they tend not to do on a healthy tooth because you're cutting away too much healthy enamel). They may have just added extra composite to the tooth to make it look longer. The missing tooth is either an implant which you knew about already as that would've been done several months ago before having the crown fitted, or it's a bridge across the two teeth next to it. Either way, it can be changed in the future, and if it was a reputable dentist they would have made sure the tooth wasn't long enough to cause issues with their bite or smile. Or it's just a rubbish dentist that instead of shortening the new tooth they just decided to extend the natural tooth (usually with the patient's permission).