Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days. My two-year old fell and messed up his mouth. He was simply walking on our wood floor and tripped and fell. Unfortunately, his hands did not help break his fall and his top front tooth took the hit. When I looked inside his mouth, I was horrified to see his top two front teeth were nowhere near each other. The top of the injured tooth was in line with the bottom of the other tooth. I honestly did not understand why it just didn’t fall out. After an emergency room visit, we returned home to get our little man some sleep. We gave him meds in hopes of reducing swelling and reducing pain, but he would not go to bed without his pacifier. His tooth was literally in the middle of his mouth and there was no room for his beloved pacifier. My stubborn little man put it in his mouth off to the side and passed out immediately. I was sure he would wake up crying because his pacifier hurt his tooth while he was sleeping, but I could not have been more wrong. After he woke up from nap I peeked inside his mouth and was shocked at what I saw. The tooth had moved back up! It is still lower than the other tooth but the improvement was astounding. After consulting with several dentists and oral surgeons, I was informed that my little man reset his own tooth with his pacifier.
Declan is doing well but will most likely have a goofy smile until he gets his big boy tooth in years to come. We have had to stop using sippy cups but he is doing well using a big boy cup with a straw. The good news is if the tooth does not get infected, he should be able to keep the tooth he injured. I am hoping he can keep the tooth so his language development and speech are not affected. The bad news is the tooth is going to turn color. Here is to hoping for a light shade of gray! This pregnant mama’s hormones have been going berserk these past few days! Have your children had any falls or injuries? What helped ease their pain?
I am so happy his injury was not worse, but I can’t help but be a bit sad his sweet little smile has been altered. The funny thing is, I hurt the same tooth when I was younger and ended up with a brown tooth. Declan is much younger than I was when I injured my tooth , so I wasn’t stuck with it as long as my little man will be. It is always so sad when our babies get hurt!
His 2nd birthday may be the last time I will have pictures of his “before smile.”