I just got in a fight and my tooth is loose. If I go to my regular dentist, she’ll tell my mom. She tells my mom everything. So, I was thinking I could go to an emergency dentist. Then I’d have doctor/patient confidentiality, right?
A lot of what will happen depends on your age. If you’re over 18, then you can see an emergency dentist and what you and the dentist discuss stays between the two of you. Of course, if you’re filing dental insurance, your mom may find out you went by a bill notification. You could pay out of pocket, but that will cost more money.
However, if you’re under 18, you won’t be able to get treatment without parental consent. They’re under a legal obligation to have a parent there to advocate for you. It’s for your protection.
If your tooth is loose it will need to be stabilized. You don’t want to risk losing it. You’ll also want your dentist to check the tooth for trauma. You won’t know if there’s a blood supply cut off or if you’ll need a root canal treatment.
I said all that so you’ll know it’s important you get this checked, even if you’re under 18. You don’t want to lose your tooth. Moms are usually more understanding. If they lash out, it’s usually because they’re frightened. They don’t want you to get hurt. If you give her the moment to get her fear out, then she’ll probably go into nurturing mode and all will be right with the world again.
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