Chipped Tooth - 16 Month Old :(

Updated on March 30, 2010
J.S. asks from Saint Paul, MN
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My 3 year old knocked down the baby (she's 16 months) this morning and she bumped her mouth on our slate floor. I noticed while changing her diaper just now that she has chipped one of her front teeth. I have a call in to our dentist, but does anyone have any idea what they would do about a chipped tooth? It's pretty sharp and I worry about her bumping a lip on it in the future. I don't think it is anything but a cosmetic problem, but don't really know.

Anyone with experience of a toddler chipping a tooth, I appreciate your responses.


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So What Happened?

Well, my regular dentist did not want to see her... he doesn't "do" little kids. He suggested I file it myself! At any rate, I took her to a different dentist and she ground the sharp edge down and did an evaluation for further damage. THankfully, there wasn't any.

Thanks for the advice.

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answers from Pocatello on

I am a dental assistant and my daughter chipped one of her teeth so I know a little about all of this. The dentist will look at it and as long as it is not chipped to the nerve and nothing is exposed or damaged in that way then she will be fine. As for the sharp edge her should be able to smooth that down. He would have to us a tool that buzzes and that may scare your daughter but maybe not. As for my daughter it was a very small chip not thing bad and her teeth are fine.

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answers from Charlotte on

My son didn't chip his tooth, but he fell and it got pushed inward. The dentist just said to watch it for any sign of dying (turning dark in color) or pain. Other than that he said luckily it was a baby tooth and shouldn't be a prob.

I don't think a chipped tooth would be an issue either. Overtime natural wear from eating should smooth out the sharp edge. I would take her to the dentist just so he can monitor it, but I think she'll be fine. Best of luck

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answers from Tulsa on

Make an appointment with a Pediatric Dentist. They will prob. put the child to sleep and cap it. My grand-daughter fell down the metal steps at her moms on a visit and it wasn't bad but we decided to go ahead and get it fixed. She also had a couple of cavities and they fixed everything in less than an hour. It was so worth it. I have no issues with anesthesia. They did the work in Children's Hospital, in the out patient surgery area, it is treated like real surgery and ALL precautions are taken into consideration.

A Pediatric Dentist is a specialist in baby teeth and small children. They see children from toddlers up to how ever old they'll let them come in. I won't ever take the kids to a dentist for adults. A family dentist is okay for much older kids and adults but a Pediatric Dentist is so perfect for little ones. Ours is absolutely wonderful. My 20 mo. old grandson sat the entire time he went the first time and had his teeth cleaned and X-rays taken. They just handle kids differently. They have puppets to show what they are going to do, they have a whole drawer of flavored stuff to clean the teeth with, they have toys in the rooms, everything is so much different.

Another thing, my friend didn't want to drive to OKC to go to Dr. Lee so she took her little girl to the family dentist and he filled her front tooth, gave her shots in her mouth, drilled while she sat there crying, sent her home, it fell out a few weeks later, filled it again, it fell out again in a few months, he finally just pulled it. She had no front tooth for almost a year....I sincerely feel if she had gone to Dr. Lee and had him do it then this child would have had a white filling instead of siver and kept that tooth.

If you think about your first visit to the dentist then you can imagine what it's going to be like for your child. The needles, the shots, the sound of the drill, the grinding noise, the smell, etc...why put them through that when they could just go to sleep for about an hour and get it all done and wake up with a pretty new tooth.



answers from Stationed Overseas on

My daughter fell and chipped the corner of her right front tooth when she was about 14 months old. It seems to be fine and she managed to wear down the spot so it's not sharp at all. I'll keep an eye on it but I don't think it's an issue.

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