Wednesday

The Broken Tooth

     I am aggravated. Does anyone else feel the nanny/employer relationship is all about power and control? I am a good nanny and have been with this family for 7 months.  About three weeks ago, the fourteen month old was having a fit and kicked me in the mouth. He was wearing a shoe. My lip was cut, but did not need stitches and he knocked out a tooth. #13, left first bicuspid. The parents were apologetic and offered to pay to get it fixed. They sent me to their dentist. The dentist gave me a bridge like contraption which hooks on to the teeth on either side of it. I don't want to complicate this post with technical information, but I now have a removable tooth. I can mostly leave it in. It is noticeable in some ways and also not comfortable.        When this happened, I was just grateful they were being so nice to me. But now that I have my final appointment coming up, I am wondering why they didn't just let me get a dental implant? I am 27 years old. This was an on the job injury that occurred at no fault of my own. I think if I had been more assertive they would have been eager to do things the right way. Instead, I was polite and I am stuck with a temporary appliance type thing in my mouth. What really got me thinking and made me kick myself for being so nice was that I heard my employer talking to her best friend and she said something like, "well anything would be an improvement". This was hurtful because my teeth aren't perfectly straight. My parents couldn't afford braces. I am so focused on this now it is to the point of distraction. Do I have any recourse? I never signed anything and I only went to their dentist who in retrospect only offered the solution he did, no doubt because it was the most cost effective.

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why are you stuck with it? Why not just ask for them to pay for an implant and see what they say? If they are a good family they will do the right thing.

Nick said...

I think they could have offered the implant first of all. It's clearly more expensive and they didnt think you and your bent up teeth were worth the $. I'd sue them. PS THEIR HOMEWONERS policy should have covered it ALL

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Obviously they are cheap and they wanted to get rid of the problem (you and your tooth ) right away !! Tell them you have an infection and horrible headache and now you need an implant ! They will do it and possible fire you if they are not thinking about it as of right now just to swip this under the rug! Wake up girl

Angi; 30yrNanny said...

Not to mention what you have is dangerous. Its better to swallow an implant than the thing you got which can get stuck, tear or imbed internally...especially your intestines. Mention this when you talk to them.

Me! said...

I'd totally ask them to replace it with an implant. Seriously, you could swallow it. It's not meant to be a permanent solution especially at your age.

Disha Chandrikapure said...

So well written and explained. Interesting, made me want to read. i am looking for dentist mumbai who can perfectly fix my broken teeth. Still not sure which treatment will be better.

Michael said...

You should ask then complain. 27 years old and still don't know ho to conduct yourself as an adult? If a 14 month old can knock out your tooth then yes, you are doing something wrong.

this_nick said...

Tell them you need an implant, and the dentist should have offered it to begin with. The injury happened on the job, and the employer is responsible for covering the cost of getting you back to the way you were (or as close as can be done.)

I have to admit, I'm not unimpressed by the kicking strength of that baby.

Angi said...

You dont care for children a lot of hours do you? Accidents happen dude...kids are not graceful.