Chipped tooth

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MummyPoppins
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Chipped tooth

Postby MummyPoppins » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:52 pm

My daughter fell off the bed and chipped her tooth today. She has cried a few times saying it hurts but mostly seems ok - she said it hurt when she tried to eat her lasagne for lunch but it didn't seem to stop her eating chocolate cake. Do I need to get a dentist appointment straight away? What can a dentist do?
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Re: Chipped tooth

Postby Cinnamum » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:45 am

I hope your daughter is feeling better today.

You may already have been to see a dentist but, if not, and you are still worried, I would suggest you take her to Kings Dental Institute, entrance opposite Kings College Hospital. I took my son there when he knocked his front tooth out (aged 4); they have a specialist paediatric dental team who were absolutely fantastic. We just turned up as an emergency but I'm sure you could call for advice or an appointment, to put your mind at rest.

Hope this helps.
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Postby clapset » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:28 am

just go to the dentist and they will put a cap filling over the chip. I had half my front tooth knocked out by a mate when I was 18 - by one of the characters in the soon to be aired E4 "My Mad, Fat Teenage Diary" ... the one that drives Clarence the Cortina - 20 odd years on I still have a filling on the tooth and it's fine.
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Postby Helgibbs » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:42 pm

It's a good idea to get it checked by a dentist, just to make sure there are no more cracks or damage to the gums.

I chipped off half of my front tooth aged 9, they just smoothed the edge so it wasn't sharp. the nerve wasnt damaged, so they left it to grow, and I finally got it capped age 17.
It was a bit sensitive to extreme hot and cold.

I'm not sure how old your child is and how much had been knocked off?

Helen
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Re: Chipped tooth

Postby rachelko24 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:23 am

Definitely a good idea to check with the dentist. They need to make sure the nerve hasn't been damaged, and the tooth is in good shape.

My 3 year old had a fall and a minor chip, and all the same symptoms with food eating and drinking bothering him. The dentist saw the tooth/root was fine, and after a few weeks sensitivities to food stopped. Just baby the tooth for a while and eat room temp foods, and show them how to eat on the other side of their mouth.

If the chip is extensive, obviously the dentist will know how to tend to that as well. :)
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Postby NYE31 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:34 am

You poor thing, definitely see a dentist, my DS tripped on Sun & now his tooth is lttle wobb;y, he's only 18 months old so v.little, we rushed him to A & E who said he was fine but to see a dentist today.

I am taking him to one later to see what they can do.

Hope you can get it sorted.
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Postby smokingpinkgiraffe » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:15 am

My daughter chipped her left top front milk tooth when she was about 18 months old and the right one when she was about 3. In both instances there was lots of blood but no damage to gum. I took her to the dentist on both occasions and they said there was nothing they could do. I am happy to report that she has lost both milk teeth now and the new ones seem to be coming down fine. My son also chipped his tooth slipping in the bath, again the dentist said nothing he could do and it doesn't seem to bother him at all.
(I sound like a terrible mother now)!
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Postby theessentialtouch » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:53 pm

Ditto to a lot of what has been said. Just get it checked by a dentist to make sure its ok.

When my son did the same - he chipped top and bottom tooth, the dentist said they check for nerve damage but also for any abscess on the gum. Apparently its fine if the tooth goes black, but not if there is any kind of puss building up in the gum as it can damage the adult tooth underneath. If this happens I was told the tooth would be removed, otherwise its best just to leave it.
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Re: Chipped tooth

Postby MummyPoppins » Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:08 pm

Thank you everyone for your advice. I felt really awful when I posted the question. I am definitely reassured now. She has been a bit upset but seems to have recovered although to me it looks a bit ugly. I'm off to the dentist tomorrow anyway just to be sure. What a relief it is only a milk tooth!
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