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December 5, 2011 4:30 PM Subscribe
Need advice on if/how to treat a four-year-old's injured tooth.
posted by sprocket87 to health & fitness (5 answers total)
I've got an emergency question from my sister regarding a mouth injury to her young daughter. Advice from dentists or those in the dental or medical field is appreciated. YANOD.
The tale of woe:
My four-year-old daughter jumped on her bed, fell, and smacked her mouth into a wooden post. Her bottom right center tooth was somehow pulled forward and downwards at an angle, and also slightly twisted to the left. (Her teeth weren't that straight to begin with, so I'm not entirely sure if it was already twisted or not.)
It didn't bleed that badly, but the gum is slightly split where the tooth came forward, maybe about an eighth of an inch. I tried my best to push it back into place, but it's still not completely right. It felt lose enough to give slightly, but not loose enough to pull out the rest of the way. It's already been about an hour, and it's not bleeding anymore, but I'm worried her gum won't be able to heal with the tooth jutting forward.
We are currently without dental or health insurance, and I don't know of any emergency dental services in our area. Should I take her to a children's urgent care, or should I just wait to see if the tooth falls out on its own?
Photos of injury: One
Any advice is appreciated. She and I will be watching this thread for replies and I can do my best to respond to any questions.