Mothering Forum banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
141 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hello<br><br>
I am jumping in to see if anyone else has had this experience. This morning, our 23 mo dd was climbing up into her booster being spotted by myself, and she slipped, and knocked out her front tooth clear to the root. Obviously, this was a major trauma, tons of blood, screaming, crying, fear, etc...she recovered very quickly with some arnica and rescue remedy and sucking on cold wet paper towels. We took her to the dentist who assured us that it was a completely clean break and that all things considered it is good as it could be. No gum or tissue tear or damage, no damage to the surrounding teeth, no swollen lip, etc. She got so lucky. And yet, I feel absolutely sick to my stomach. I can't stop replaying it in my mind...feeling as if I could/should have acted more quickly and saved her...and now she has this big bloody gap in her beautiful smile that will be there until she grows her adult tooth -- probably at least 4 years from now! And, I can't stand that I care about the cosmetic piece of it, and yet I do (at least right now, I do).<br><br>
Has anyone else experienced this and how did you handle it? Is there anything else we can do?<br><br>
Thanks in advance for any input.<br><br>
Brooke
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,787 Posts
That happened to my niece. Her daddy was outside swinging with her on their huge porch swing. She had a runny nose so he stepped inside the door for a tissue. She pushed the swing and it swung back into her mouth and knocked a tooth out. I have to say I think her smile with that one missing tooth is the cutest smile I have ever seen. I think if you give it a few days or weeks you might get used to it and it won't seem so terrible. I hope so anyway! *hugs*
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,130 Posts
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> poor baby & poor mama! you'll definitely get used to it- in a little while.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,281 Posts
Hugs mama. Maybe you feel bad because of the cosmetics because you blame yourself for her falling. If so, don't. Kids fall, it is NOT your fault. Thank goodness she is ok.<br><br>
On a side note, the same thing happened to a friends daughter. Make sure when the gum heals over that you swab it with a cloth to remove any plaque. My friend didn't and it rotted out her dd's adult tooth. She had to have a dental implant
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,916 Posts
I'm very scattered, as it's very emotional!<br><br><br>
Oh, hugs to both of you!<br><br><br>
At 6 months, first time DS sat in a highchair, he knocked out a tooth (he'd just gotten three or four). It came out in a most awful way, there was gum damage from how it went through, but his doc and the kid's hospital ER said there was no problem and not to worry, so we never took him to a dentist for it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br><a href="http://images.snapfish.com/346544%3B88%7Ffp54%3Dot%3E2327%3D%3C23%3D84%3B%3DXROQDF%3E23236%3B%3B36%3B647ot1lsi" target="_blank">When we got home.</a><br><br>
He'd forgotten by the next day.<br><br>
A few days later, still sticking his tongue in the <a href="http://images.snapfish.com/346544%3B88%7Ffp7%3Enu%3D3236%3E%3B32%3E75%3A%3EWSNRCG%3D32327%3B42%3A266%3Bnu0mrj" target="_blank">wounded area.</a><br><br>
More than a week later, you can see the damage to his <a href="http://images.snapfish.com/346544%3B%3A%3B%7Ffp58%3Dot%3E2323%3D828%3D679%3D3232828588%3C43nu0mrj" target="_blank">gums.</a><br><br>
His teeth are moving in, but there's still a gap there 15ish months later...the dentist we just took him to didn't think it would be a problem.<br><br>
Last month's <a href="http://images.snapfish.com/346544%3B%3B%3A%7Ffp343%3Enu%3D3233%3E496%3E963%3E2324496%3A54442ot1lsi" target="_blank">smile.</a><br><br>
(I hope seeing the progression helps, just knowing that weeks, months, a year later, it will be very different)<br><br>
It made me sick to look at for ages. Much longer than he even noticed it. I would replay the scene...we'd just noticed he was getting tired, we even commented on it, we were about to take him out so he would have his usual, rightful place on my lap, then our food arrived and we all were distracted, and the next second, wham. Silence, but I knew it was bad, I got up and was flailing at the seatbelt thing...hubby and friends telling me it wasn't a big deal (he wasn't crying yet), I said "IT IS A BIG DEAL", he started SCREAMING, instincts kicked in and I nearly ran (still recovering from surgery, couldn't move fast) to the bathrooms all the way across the large restaurant with SCREAMING bleeding baby....instinct, got cold wet paper towels into his mouth, he liked that.....called the ND, went to the ER, sent home......<br><br>
Next day we went xmas tree shopping and he was fine.<br><br><br>
She'll be fine. Much quicker than you will be. But even your brain/heart/soul will quiet after a time, I nearly promise you.<br><br>
Hugs to you, it's just not right to have a tooth missing before its time. I know that very well. But it will be OK.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,916 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>rozzie'sma</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Make sure when the gum heals over that you swab it with a cloth to remove any plaque. My friend didn't and it rotted out her dd's adult tooth. She had to have a dental implant</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
Well, our current dentist, who is pretty dang cool and seems knowledgeable, mentioned that the simple fact of having had trauma to the area might cause the tooth below it to have problems. So...while the plaque thing might be right (one more cringe for trusting his doc and the kid's ER when they said a dentist wouldn't do anything), just trauma can cause it.<br><br>
Oh great, now I've scared you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I'm in the same waiting game, not knowing what will happen...more hugs.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,972 Posts
I havent had it happen but wanted to pass alogn some support! Hang in there mama! Its not your fault.. TONS of kids do thia all teh time. Part of childhood! Luckily this is why we never remember when we were tiny, lol. Hugs!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
141 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
THANK YOU to everyone for all your kind thoughts and stories. I feel so warmed and held right now, and already I feel better than I did this afternoon. That said, I just know it is going to take me a while to let this one go. Of course, she looks so cute -- our little pirate. How awful right? So thank you to everyone. I am so grateful to you.<br><br>
XOXO<br>
Brooke
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,329 Posts
This happened to ME as an 18 month old. I went through my early childhood with one front tooth missing. It never bothered me. Just so you know, I also had damage to my permanent tooth underneath. In the grand scheme of things, it's not a big deal. I have a very nice invisible filling in the front of my tooth, and at age 38, I needed a root canal, but it's not a big problem, and I don't blame my mom in the least.<br><br>
Now that I'm a mom, I can imagine how terrible my mom felt, but accidents happen and this is certainly better than a lot of scenarios.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
141 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Diane,<br><br>
THanks for sharing your story. I am sorry that you have had some lingering issues with that tooth. I guess we are also prepared that this might be the case with Chase as well.<br><br>
So thank you for writing and letting me know your story, as well as helping me to keep it in perspective.<br><br>
Brooke
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
276 Posts
So sorry to hear about her tooth<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
This happened to me as a 2 yr old. I still remember it happening. I had my two front teeth missing for years. I still remember everyone fondly singing "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth...."<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top