Hi! We've had a horrible week. My 15 mo fell on the hardwood floor and knocked his front tooth back by about 15 degrees---and it's now way crooked. (He looks so different now!) It kept bleeding, and I was freaking out. (I lost my four front teeth in a bad accident when I was 20---have had several major surgeries and dental visits---so I was majorly flashing back and trying with all my heart to keep it together!) Anyway, I take him to the ped. dentist (who we've never seen before), and they say, you can lay down with him on the chair for his x-ray...unless you're pregnant. Well, I'm pregnant, and I have to hand him over to a nurse. He's hysterical. The x-ray shows that the baby tooth has gone all the way to the permanent tooth, but the permanent tooth doesn't seem to be fractured. The dentist said we're fortunate in that, and also that his lower teeth are pretty far back and not causing a "cross bite." He said if the tooth had been greater than 15 degrees of a change or creating a cross bite, he would have to extract it. Has anyone ever heard of that? He also said that the tooth may turn color, which is bruising. We're supposed to be checking for gum boils, which look like a pimple, which may occur if infection sets in. He said that w/the tooth's new position, there's a strong possibility of him needing to extract his tooth.
I'm very worried. I cannot imagine sedating him and pulling his tooth. Has anyone had any experience that might suggest otherwise or perhaps websites for further info? I feel fortunate that we left the office basically intact....but it's hurting to nurse, and I'm hoping the tooth will move back to where it belongs???? I'm completely stressed out, and I think I just need a sanity check. (I'm also having a hard time looking at his mouth---I feel so terrible that he's hurt---does this get better?)
Thank you for any help. I'm really freaking out.
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