I feel like the worst mom in the world. My son fell at the park. His tooth seemed fine. The only damage I saw was too his lip (and possibly his pride). I just calmed him down and let him go back to playing. He’s four, so he bounced back quickly. Now one of his front teeth has turned gray. I think that’s bad. Can a pediatric dentist fix it? Would this have happened if I took him in to see a dentist right away?
You are most definitely NOT the worst mom in the world. It’s usually the best moms who are the hardest on themselves, as you are right now. You son’s tooth looked fine. What logical reason did you have at that moment, within your sphere of knowledge, to take him in? None. You did exactly what you knew to be best for him, getting him back out there. In this situation, even if you had rushed him to an emergency dentist right away it wouldn’t have changed the outcome.
When a tooth is gray it means it’s dead or dying. In his case, the nerve was likely damaged which cut off the blood flow to his tooth causing it to die. There was no way even a pediatric dentist could have prevented it.
Does He Need a Pediatric Dentist Now?
When an adult dies, we do a root canal treatment. That’s not necessarily necessary with a child’s tooth. With his being a front baby tooth, his body will naturally absorb the root and the tooth will fall out in due course.
Outside of his normal check-ups, I see no reason for you to bring him in. Of course, if something unexpected happens or he gets a toothache on another tooth, that’s a different story.
Please don’t be too hard on yourself. This could happen to anybody.
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