I fell while on a job and landed on my face breaking off the bottom of my front tooth. I took a pretty good tumble and the inside of my mouth got pretty cut up. My jaw was black and blue and I was pretty sore for a week afterwards.
There does not appear to be any long term effects except that about 15 to 20% of my largest front tooth is now missing. I am continually having to explain to people what happened.
I contacted the employer right away (I am a free lancer that was contracted for the job) and was notified by their workman's comp carrier in Las Vegas.
I often work for a company that represents many top dentists and I was referred to a wonderful dentist. I told the insurance company that I wanted to use them for the repair.
They said I could go to my dentist but they would only pay if I used their dentist!
The quotes from my dentist to do a crown (instead of bonding) what he says is the only proper way to repair this particular tooth -- was very reasonable (just a bit over $1000) He took xrays did a complete evaluation and gave me a written quote. Even so the claim agent says I must use THEIR approved dentist and that my "dentist is not on their list".
I work in the entertainment industry and my appearance is important. My dentist told me if this tooth is fixed cheaply or haphazardly that it will likely discolor in a few years and that there is a high possibility of recurrent fracturing if only bonding is done.
Shouldn't I be able to use my own dentist and get this fixed right? I am surprised they would fight me on this. I could have claimed so much worse injuries if I wanted to take advantage of the situation.
I just want my tooth fixed properly, and it is dragging on into the second month with my tooth still not fixed.
Any help is appreciated.
Chipped in Las Vegas