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I'm so scared my 18 month old is going to lose his tooth. Sunday night he fell trying to get back in the bathtub after I got him out. He hit his face on the side of the tub and one of his teeth broke. He didn't cry long so I didn't take him to ER- I just made a drs appointment. The nurse called me back yesterday and said to get him to ER asap, so I did and we were immediately helped. We ended up going upstairs to the dental area and they did a small exam. The dentist said he'd need to see a pediatric specialist because the break is so bad. I'm supposed to go in tomorrow for an eval, but either he's going to be sedated and have a mini-root canal and crown (what we're hoping for) or he'll lose the tooth and be toothless for several years until the adult tooth comes in... and of course the rest of the teeth will have space issues so we'll end up paying a fortune fixing his teeth.

I am so scared for him. And I feel so guilty. I wasn't holding him because I bent down to drain the water. Why oh why didn't I just wait to drain the stupid water? I KNEW the floor was slippery. I guess I honestly didn't expect him to try to get back in, but I should have known better. I feel so bad for him.

To make matters even worse, if we're sent out in town for the procedure we may end up paying out of pocket because apparently ds wasn't on our dental insurance (I enrolled him this morning after I realized that) but it takes a couple weeks to kick in. And if this goes for more than a few days it'll become infected.

Has anyone else had a toddler go through a major dental procedure? How did it go? We know he'll for sure have to be sedated otherwise he'll be completely traumatized.
 

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No dental procedures here but DS had a pretty bad burn once that I was making sure didn't happen and then watched happen(loooong story). We had an ER trip and 2nd degree burns with big nasty blisters. So I know the guilt you're feeling and it's tough.

Don't beat yourself up too much, things like this happen, kids are unpredicatable.
 

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Deep breath.


You can't get through childhood without something like this, so try to give yourself a break. It happens. One of my sons walked up to a hot grill and put both of his hands on it.
I was there, I should have seen it coming, but it happened anyway.

Even if he loses the tooth, it'll be okay. In a few weeks you won't be nearly as stressed out about it, in a few months you'll hardly remember it, and in a few years it'll just be part of the story of his childhood, and you might even remember it with a smile. I know it doesn't seem like that now, but wait. It'll be okay.
 

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Thank you both. Hearing about other moms going through similar things really helps with the guilt.

Also, I've found out since I posted this that there may be other options if his tooth is extracted... such as a fake one implanted that will be pushed out when his adult tooth grows in. I'm going to take some time to study up on my options and try to decide what I'll do and such. Knowing there may be other options is a comfort.
 

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I was in a bad sledding accident when I was about 3. Most of my molars were crushed & had to be removed. The few that they were able to save had to be capped & then they attached spacers to those caps to fill in the space of the missing teeth. The spacers were not like full teeth but rather little wire contraptions.

Just to let you know there are options available (& probably even better ones nowadays!)
 

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Oh my gosh, reading this brings back memories of my 15 year old. When she was 12 she fell and broke BOTH her two front teeth....ohhhh the feelings this is bringing back
!! Hers were her permanent teeth though and she was bleeding and had a big fat lip and more than 1/2 of her two teeth were gone. Poor, sweet thing! Anyway, her roots were hanging out so we took her in right away, they had to wait a few days but they capped them and now her teeth are beautiful! I had already been making payments on her braces for years! But now she has these two perfectly shaped front teeth to go with her straight smile! although she did have to get a root canal on one of them a few months ago b/c it died---AND we don't have insurance...yikes!

ANYWAY, the moral of the story is...he will get through it, it's not your fault, don't beat yourself up mama, these things happen, dentistry has come along way and whatever you decide to do about it it will be absolutely perfect!
 
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