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#1 babyblo8

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 04:07 PM

Hi Everyone,

Could I have a little bit of advice/help please?

My Son fell over yesterday on his mouth and had lots of tears and blood and was very upset but I did think he had just cut his lip. Last night when I was getting him dressed I noticed that one of his front teeth was actually pushed back out of place and no longer lined up with his other tooth. His lip is also very swollen. He is O.K in himself but it obviously hurts to touch and eat some foods.

I know I need to take him to the dentist and have booked him in with a Paediatric Dentist for tomorrow morning but I can also get him in with my dentist tomorrow morning. I'm just not sure where to take him?

I trust my dentist completely, he has always looked after me very well as I have a massive fear of the dentist but he is a big man with glasses and can be quite gruff and I'm worried that Dan who is only two will be quite scared of him.

What I'm after is some advice. Do you think its better to take him to a paediatric dentist who specialises in children or to my dentist who I know?

I'm so confused and at this stage I don't know what is wrong with Daniel's tooth. Has anyone else had this happen?

Thank you

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 04:18 PM

My experience is that Paed. Dentists often have a phenomenal waiting list - particularly if you're not an existing patient. Given time might be an issue, I'd be inclined to ring and explain the situation to your Dentist and see what he suggests. If he thinks you need a Paed. Dentist he will be able to refer you to one (and if his rooms call and make the appointment for you then you'll likely get in quicker).



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Posted 20 June 2011 - 04:53 PM

if you've already got an appointment for tomorrow with the paed. dentist, I'd take him there. If nothing else, they'll be much more proficient at making him feel more comfortable.

I can't provide any advice regarding what you've described. Poor little mite. Good luck.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 04:59 PM

I also have a massive dental phobia and I take my children to a paed. dentist. They have special kid size chairs, lots of toys and colouring stuff, the staff wear coloured aprons so they don't look scary and overall it is just a fantastic experience that they actually look forward to.

I know a few kids who have damaged their baby teeth and it has just been a cosmetic issue. The main concern is whether any damage has been sustained under the gum that might impact the adult tooth when it comes in. If not, I think they tend to leave things alone. I imagine they will do an xray to assess.

Good luck, I hope it is nothing serious smile.gif


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Posted 20 June 2011 - 06:04 PM

Sorry - misread! If you have an appointment with a Paed. Dentist then there's no harm in going smile.gif

QUOTE(Mel B @ Jun 20 2011, 04:59 PM) View Post

The main concern is whether any damage has been sustained under the gum that might impact the adult tooth when it comes in. If not, I think they tend to leave things alone.


That's not really the issue. Even if no 'damage under the gum' has occurred, it's important to see a Dentist ASAP in terms of the viability of the baby tooth - hence going to see an adult dentist if she could not get an appointment with a Paed. dentist smile.gif

OP - good luck with it biggrin.gif

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 07:14 PM

A paediatric dentist isn't necessarily good with kids - my one and only experience was taking my son to a cranky old cow I wouldn't give the time of day to. In a twist of fate Lib recently took her daughter to the same person, and apparently she hasn't improved!

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 12:58 PM

My DS1 broke one of his front baby teeth at 19 months and we rushed him off to the dentist to ensure there was no damage.

Ultimately he wasn't able to do anything, however he told us what to look out for as if the tooth did need to come out he would probably have to go under.

I definitely recommend seeing a dentist. Nothing beats peace of mind.

As it is now, the tooth is perfectly fine and hasn't discoloured and doesn't seem to have caused any lasting issues.
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Posted 21 June 2011 - 02:04 PM

Thanks for all you replies, I went to the paed dentist and have been told the tooth needs to come out ohmy.gif(

I'm so upset! But she said that the tooth has been pushed quite far out of position, has lost its blood supply and the tissue around it is very swollen and bruised.

I just though they would say to keep an eye on it not take it straight out! It means he will have no front tooth until he is 7!

It is obviously very painful for him though, he was playing on the lounge this morning and bumped the tooth and screamed and cried so much, it was awful.

Im just a little shocked that this has to happen ohmy.gif(

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 05:12 PM

Wow. Poor little thing. I hope they can take it out without too much distress to your son. Will they do it under general aneasthetic or local?

I hope he gets it done soon. And he will have his adult teeth before you know it.
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Posted 21 June 2011 - 06:32 PM

Poor Dan, and Poor Mel sad.gif

When is it all happening??

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 05:41 PM

Poor little thing!

I am glad that the dentist didn't say that they would put it back in. My sister is a dentist and has said that baby teeth are best out then in, as trying to put them back can can cause alot of damage.


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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:35 PM

QUOTE(Channy @ Jun 22 2011, 05:41 PM) View Post

I am glad that the dentist didn't say that they would put it back in. My sister is a dentist and has said that baby teeth are best out then in, as trying to put them back can can cause alot of damage.

I think that depends very much on the situation. For example immediate re-placement of a baby tooth by a skilled professional is different to someone attempting it several days later when a tooth may have a compromised blood supply (or a parent trying to shove it back in to place!) smile.gif

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 08:34 AM

I just wanted to give you a perspective of some one who had a tooth pulled as a child. I was 2 1/2 and fell off a three wheeled bike face first into a metal drain on the road.

I did a lot of damage (7 teeth were crowned and I had aot of metal in my mouth for some time). Firstly I have no recollection of the incident or any treatment - I do have a fear of the dentist but that comes from bad teeth as a youngster and adult and poor dentist choices early on - nothing to do with this first incident.

I had one of my front top teeth pulled. You can always tell its me in the photo and not one of my sisters because of it. I never had trouble with teasing or eating or anything.

I was about 7 when my other front tooth fell out naturally and then they both grew back at a fairly quick rate.

Don't stress about his looks or how he will manage - as people said its better out then in.

I had other dental issues arise with many of my baby teeth but that is from a particullarly nasty accident and not a basic fall.
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