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How to deal with knocked loss teeth in toddler?

Hello Ladies,

My 5 yr old son knocked his two front teeth loose today. I called the dentist and he said we have to "wait and see" what will happen. They are still in place. They were bleeding by the gum line and loose to the touch. I was wondering if any of you have delt with this before? The dentist said they might tighten back up on their own. As I said they are pretty wiggly...kinda like when your tooth first gets loose the natural way. I sure do hope he doesnt loose his front teeth....I was doing some research online and found that if they tighten back up they might turn dark, but that too might go away....any thoughts would be great.

Thanks,
K.

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Most parents said that the teeth should tighten back up on their own. If the root wasn't damaged they wont turn dark. But do take the child to see a dentist right away.

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K. - My son is 6 and has lost both of his front teeth! The first one he lost about 8 months ago, so he was 5 1/2. It was loose on its own. The second one got knocked out by his brother. It was already loose, but they were jumping on the big trampoline and hit heads! out goes the tooth.
They may tighten up on their own, but they may be darker colored. Like a light gray. But, they will fall out and then his pearly white ones should come in.
I hate the wait and see game, but loosing his teeth at 5 doesn't sound that wierd to me!
L.

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Hi K.;

This has happened to two of my three boys. My oldest was about two when he knocked a baby tooth so hard that it was super wobbly and bleeding. It re-affixed itself. HOwever, later on it turned grey. His permanent tooth had a hard time coming in and we did have to have a small spring on a retainer for about... gosh, I can't remember, but it was only a few months. His teeth are now perfect, and I mean perfect!

One of my twins also knocked a non-permanent tooth loose and it re-affixed itself as well. It, too, turned grey, however, the new tooth pushed it out and grew in just fine.

Being these are his permanent teeth, I don't know if my information is helpful, but just thought I'd share that they do seem to tighted right back up and hold just as tight as before the bump.

DJ

Oh--- that's terrible - poor lamb and poor MOM (There's nothing worse than wanting to ''fix'' something we can't.)

Thank heavens' they are baby teeth - not because it doesnt matter- of course it does- but in the next 6 to 24 months they'll be coming out to make room for the big ones.

Your family sounds wonderful-- Blessings--

J.

This actually happened to me when I was 5. It ended up being great though because they did end up falling out on their own a week or so later only there was no pain and no blood. A great way to lose your first teeth. =)

The great thing for your son, if they don't tighten on their own, is that he's not that far in age to where he would lose them anyway. Average age to start losing first teeth is 6.

My friend's three year old knocked her front teeth twice. The first time was fine, the second time they waited about six months before the dentist recommended taking them out until her permanent teeth grow in..that could be years! :(

I don't know why they decided that exactly, just thought I'd share another case of a similar incident. Good luck, hope his tighten up on their own!

K. - You didn't mention whether these are permanent teeth or not. My husband fell face first off a bike when he was 9 or 10 and ended up with a "dead" front tooth. It was brown, but didn't otherwise bother him, and the family didn't have money to spend on cosmetic work, so he didn't have a veneer put over it until he was an adult - a bit before our wedding. Now he's a tea drinker and that fake tooth is his whitest one! You can't win! ;)

K.,

My son is 5 and has knocked 2 different teeth loose on 2 different occassions. Luckily for us in both cases they tightened back up. They also turned a little dark. The good news is over time the darkness can fade or go away. My son's 2 teeth are perfectly normal. I also have a daughter who is 3. She bumped her mouth once. The tooth did not loosen but did turn dark. Over time it has faded. If you don't know it you won't realize it just by looking at her, but because I know where to look, I notice a slight change in color to her one front tooth. As others have said, the other thing to keep in mind is that most children loose their first tooth at age 5 or 6. Good Luck.

Are these baby teeth?

Hi there,
I'm not sure if you will be able to save them but I lost my 2 front teeth when I was 3 and they came back in when I was around 8. It didn't bother me from what I can remember. I wish you the best.

When we were kids, my brother knocked one of his front teeth loose on a coffee table. It bled a lot, was loose for a while and turned black because he killed the nerve. It did tighten back up and when he lost it the natural way years later, there were no issues with it. My son (now 4) knocked one of his front teeth loose on our futon when he was about 3. I thought it would have come out in my hand by how lose it was. I called the dentist and they told me the same thing they told you...wait and see, but they did have me come in so they could look at it. They saw my son two times...the first was the next open day after the accident (was a couple days because it happened on a saturday) and another two weeks later to check it again. My son's tooth firmed up again also. The most important thing they told me was to not mess with it while it was loose. For that time I just brushed around it and left it untouched. His tooth turned purple for a few months and gradually turned back to its normal color. The children's dentist I took my son to told me that the color was from the blood. I had thought that his tooth would remain the color, but it's perfectly healthy now. I wish I could give you a good recomendation for a childrens dentist, but I don't know any in Spokane. I am in the Seattle area.

Hi! We had a similar experience when my then 2 y.o. knocked an eyetooth so that it was sitting halfway out. The dentist pushed it back into place, and then we all watched and waited. The things we were told to be on the lookout for are death of the tooth and infection. My daughter's dentist saw her once a week the first couple of weeks to be sure nothing was wrong, then about a month later for follow-up. In our case, within a few weeks the ligaments around the tooth had tightened back up. The hardest part may be to leave the teeth alone and wait - if your son fiddles with the teeth they may not tighten back up.

K.,
When I was 12 I got into an accident where I knocked my front adult tooth loose. The dentist told me to eat soft foods for a week and wait and see what happens. Fortunately for me my tooth did tighten back up on its own and looks exactly the way that it should now. It didn't even turn dark for a little while.

My son lost both of his front teeth almost a year ago when he ran into the coffee table, he was 4. One fell out on its own two days after the accident, the other had to be pulled because it had abcessed. I would have your dentist check just to make sure his gums are okay. The good news is, it happens to a lot of boys! I was surprised how many other families have gone through this too!
Good luck.

K. - My son is 6 and has lost both of his front teeth! The first one he lost about 8 months ago, so he was 5 1/2. It was loose on its own. The second one got knocked out by his brother. It was already loose, but they were jumping on the big trampoline and hit heads! out goes the tooth.
They may tighten up on their own, but they may be darker colored. Like a light gray. But, they will fall out and then his pearly white ones should come in.
I hate the wait and see game, but loosing his teeth at 5 doesn't sound that wierd to me!
L.

Hi! K....
The same thing happened to my son..it was a baby tooth..and it did turn a gray color.he was three at the time..
Some time ago I found this remedy for childrens teeth injury
bumped loose or hanging by 1 root.

It said to purchase White Oak Bark by Natures Sunshine and it costs about $20.00..purchase at a health food store and there should be directions..if not you can give me a call 1-###-###-####.I dont know if theres enough room on here to write it.
Good Luck to you..

I am assuming that he hasn't gotten his permanent teeth yet, so the baby teeth don't have roots. Don't worry, it'll resolve itself either way. You can have him suck on ice cubes or a popsicle to ease the pain if there is any, but overall it's out of your hands.

I have 5 boys and have so much experience with this. Lol! They should tighten back up on their own. If the root wasn't damaged they wont turn dark. My 6 year old knocked his loose about three times and they tightened back up and were fine all three times. On the other hand. my three year old knocked his front tooth loose about 4 times over the course of a year to the point that it never did tighten back up but never turned black but last month he knocked it finally out so he will have no tooth there for about 3 years. Your dentist is right you will just have to wait and see.

When my daughter was 3 she knocked her two bottom teeth loose and both were bleeding pretty bad. The dentist looked at them and said that both may tighten up but could possibly turn dark. He advised us to watch for them becoming infected but other than that to just wait and see. One year later both tightened up, one is grey and still a little sensitive but everthing is functional. Just wait and see because your son is close to starting to loose teeth I wouldn't be too concerned. Take care.

My daughter did this at 2 1/2. Hers were pretty loose too. We had to go get x-rays monthly. The best thing you can do is avoid using them altogether so they can heal without further trauma. That means even biting a peanut butter sandwich is too much! Stick to soups, and cut things in tiny bites so he can put them straight back to the molars. My daughter's roots shrank slowly for months until one appt, the dentist said they just started growing back. Avoid wiggling them anymore, as this damages the healing they are doing. Give Motrin for pain and swelling. The gums will likely bruise. You just need to pay attention for changes in color, or swelling, or pus, or sudden redness. If the tooth does die, if must come out before it destroys the permanent teeth. If they do fall out, it isn't too big of a deal because he is only about a year or two away from the normal age to lose them.

good luck

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