My kid knocked out a permanent tooth--now what?
December 9, 2006 7:25 AM Subscribe
My 7-year-old got a bunch of his teeth knocked out, including a permanent front top incisor that the dentist put back in a very crooked position. What should we do? What is in our future?
posted by LarryC to Health & Fitness (10 answers total)
It was a horrible freak accident. Last Monday, Wonderboy and a friend were running through the hallways of my college and eh fell and smashed the side of his face into a metal door jamb. He came up spitting out teeth and blood and crying like I have never heard. We got him quickly to a dentist with experience in this sort of thing, He lost 3-4 teeth and split/pushed back his gum along the top left side of his mouth. The dentist sutured up his split gum and managed to put back the permanent incisor.
But it is crooked, very crooked. It sticks out in an almost diagonal position! I said so at the time and the dentist commented on it on our followup visit yesterday. He explained that the position is where the tooth "fit" when he put it back in, I guess because the underlying bone was damaged by his collision. He said out best bet is to let it heal and to schedule him for some heavy orthodontia when he is 12 or so. He thinks the tooth will reattach, but it is too soon to tell.
What do I do? I want to get a second opinion, but thought we would wait until after Christmas to give it time to heal. And time for the little guys fear of dentists to subside, this has been traumatic as can be for him. Is it important to go to someone different right away?
I would also appreciate hearing from MeFites who have experience with little kids losing permanent teeth. If the tooth does not reattach, what can be done? Do we have a childhood full of dental surgeries ahead of us? How old does he have to be for a permanent implant?
I know that some other parents have much worse and tragic things to deal with, but this is just tearing my heart out. Thanks for your help and advice.