broken teeth...

Brooke - posted on 01/19/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Has anyones child broken there teeth? My daughter is almost two, last friday she clashed heads with her daddy and had her dummy in her mouth.. it knocked a piece off her two top teeth.
No one seems to be really caring about it, the dentist said it needs to be fixed but they havn't done anything..

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Joy - posted on 01/20/2011

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As long as your daughter is not in any pain and the teeth don't darken, the teeth could simply be smoothed out. As a dentist, this happens quite frequently. The good news is they weren't pushed up and they didn't fall out. Those spaces are needed for the adult teeth forming above. I recommend having your daughter see a pediatric dentist. They have tooth-colored "caps" or crowns to cover the broken ones and are safe and sound! Good luck!!
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Jodi - posted on 01/19/2011

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What do you mean they haven't done anything. Did you book an appointment to have them fixed? Did they give you an indication of cost (or did you ask). The dentist will only do something if you ask them to. In fact, they may need to refer you to an orthodontist, which can take time for an appointment. Ask the questions.

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Joy - posted on 01/21/2011

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I agree! How horrible for your son to be in pain for such a long period of time. The pedodontists I know all have Saturday hours.

Tiffany - posted on 01/21/2011

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My son broke a tooth by tripping and hitting a chair rung when he was 3. he had to have it removed because he had nerves exposed and it caused him a great deal of pain. sadly though he did this at 5:30 on a friday just as all the dentists offices had closed and he had to wait until monday for anyone to do anything. I cried with him for 3 days. I would alternate tylenol and motrin if she seems to have any pain until you get them fixed. thats crazy that they wont fix them. I would demand they do something as soon as possible. we all know how bad a toothache is.....

Louise - posted on 01/20/2011

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Baby teeth do not have nerves in so she should feel no pain. If your child reacts to eating hot or cold food then she needs to have her teeth sealed to stop the pain and infection. Most dentists would not treat such a young child unless it is absolutely necessary. My son aged 14 smashed his front teeth in a traffic accident and had them sealed and reconstructed which was quite painful but worth it as these are his permanent teeth.

Jodi - posted on 01/19/2011

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OK, I get it now. Either follow up with the dentist or give Westmead a call yourself and follow up from that end. If it has exposed a nerve, you definitely need to do something about it ASAP. I agree with Tracey, even sitting and waiting in emergency will get it into Westmead's system.

Firebird - posted on 01/19/2011

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If a tooth is broken, the nerves are exposed, and I've never heard of that not being painful. I've had broken teeth, and ended up losing nearly 10 lbs waiting to get them fixed... it was no fun. Besides, it could also cause her trouble biting into food, so get an appointment made to have it fixed as soon as possible.

Sneaky - posted on 01/19/2011

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If it is causing her pain and distress you can take her into the emergency room at westmead childrens hospital - you will have to be prepared to WAIT, but when you finally get to a doctor the ED doctor can give you the referral on the spot or even admit her to the hospital straight away. It's been half a week now - she's bound to get some food or something in there which is going to hurt like hell eventually.

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Some times scheduling these things take time, but I agree w/ Kathy. Keep on them til something gets done.

Brooke - posted on 01/19/2011

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i took her to the dentist on sat the morning after it happened, they said that the right one has exposed nerves so it does need to be fixed, she also said she would organise with one of our hospitals even possibly westmead childrens, but so far nothing has happened... no one has gotten back to me about it or anything. They were the ones who said they would organise the care. It does seem painful at times but the fact that she is only 2 she can't explain to us how it actually feels for her.
We asked all the questions and all we got was it wont be a dental clinic it will have to be a public or private hospital. They don't know how much the private will cost and the fact that we don't have private cover doesn't make that choice easy for us. If she goes public then its free... BUT the dentist has to refer us to the hospital dental.

Jodi - posted on 01/19/2011

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It may not be painful.....she hasn't mentioned it is painful. If it is painful, then definitely something needs to be done immediately.

Angie - posted on 01/19/2011

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This is painful to her. Why is your dentist not doing anything about it? Make a follow-up appointment and make sure this is taken care of asap. Poor baby is in pain and needs to be taken care of now.

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