Friday, April 27, 2007

Carter's smile...

Posted by Mandy at 7:45 PM

Here it is.. how it looked up until about two weeks ago. We've had one heck of a week! Carter fell in the bathtub about two weeks ago. (yes, even though I was sitting RIGHT there) He fell and basically caught himself with his mouth on the side of the tub. I was unaware that that much blood could come from a 3 year old's mouth... surprise! I noticed, once the bleeding finally stopped, that one of his front teeth looked like maybe it had shifted a bit but it was really hard to get a good look with him screaming and not opening up and everything still being blood stained. The next day, sure enough.. I could tell it had shifted so into the dentist we went. They did what they could (basically looked at his tooth and his gums) and said "keep an eye on it and if it starts to change color or if his gums start to swell and hurt again, call us." A week went by.. nothing funky happened so I thought that we had escaped serious tooth injury. Nope. Over a week after he fell we noticed that his tooth was turning gray!! I freak out, start bawling, and call Yvonne (whom I go to church with and works at my dentist's office) at her house and explain what was going on. She reassured me that no matter how ugly it looked, it wasn't an emergency, and just to call the pediatric dentist in the morning. (this was sunday) So I did.. we got him an appt, and they took Xrays and such and said not to worry about it. (seriously? His tooth is a different color and this isn't concerning?) They said it was "bruised" and that's why it's discolored and that it could possibly lighten up on its own with time. Worst case scenerio is we take him in in the future for an internal tooth bleaching. The Xrays showed nothing to be broken or dislodged so we just keep an eye out for pain and swelling. Talk about a sigh of relief! So.. my baby boy's mouth now looks different.. and I hate it. It's always hard on me when ANYTHING about their looks change..especially when it changes in a way like this! So.. everyone pray for God to please keep that tooth healthy and as an added bonus to let it whiten back up on its own so I don't have to take my little man for more torture treatments at the dentist! (good news was the rest of his teeth were great.. no cavities or other problems so hoorah!)
Side note: Madison's dance recital is tomorrow and we're all so excited! I've got way cute pics to share but no time tonight! Keep an eye out for another post soon. :)

8 comments:

K.T. on Friday, 27 April, 2007 said...

Ohhhh..How awful for you and he both!!!!It was a hard change when mine started to get the adult teeth because it was such a change in how they looked.In fact Kyla just got her two front top teeth back after going without them for 4 months...

Mandy on Friday, 27 April, 2007 said...

KT.. do you know madison still hasn't lost a single tooth yet? lol She'll be 6 on June 17 and her bottom ones are just starting to wiggle a tiny bit... I think she'll be 7 before she looses any. lol

K.T. on Friday, 27 April, 2007 said...

Kylas birthday is May 1st...it was an early post...LOL
When I took the kids to the dentist last,he told me that 7 was the usual age for losing their baby teeth...mine are just early bloomers...LOL

Suzanne on Saturday, 28 April, 2007 said...

i'm so sorry about your baby boys smile - but, as you know, it's as sweet as ever!!

Brittany on Saturday, 28 April, 2007 said...

Awww...poor baby! I know that had to hurt. I'm so glad it wasn't any worse though! Our pastor's daughter fell a few months ago, right after her 1st birthday and shoved her tooth back into her gums! She ended up losing it.

Suzanne's right...his smile is still very sweet! I can't wait to see the dance recital pics!

Lou Arnold on Saturday, 28 April, 2007 said...

I hope Carter's tooth gets better. I can't imagine getting him to sit still at the dentist.

Good luck to Madison.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mandy, this is Allison Hardin - I look at your blog sometimes and your kids are so cute! Did you know that I am pregnant? Almost 10 weeks! (due right around JM's birthday!) Anyway, I love your blog - just letting you know! Hey, tell Clayton we said Happy Birthday too!
Allison Hardin

Maury Draper on Wednesday, 02 May, 2007 said...

Noah, my 5 yr old was jumping on one of those bouncy slides, and his tooth came down HARD on his knee. It pushed it way in, and I was freaking out! Luckily, a dental assistant was at the party, and she told me she thought it would be fine. Well, his turned gray too, and I took him to the dentist, and they told me the same thing. The color of it has lightened, and it has moved back forward, you can hardly tell. It is a little loose, so he may lose it a little early, but I do understand how you feel! I was so upset about it to.

My youngest, Rachel is 3, and she was spending the night at my mom's, and slipped and chipped her tooth in the bathtub. The next day she was at my mother in laws when I went to pick them up, and I noticed it first thing. My mom and my mother in law neither one had even noticed it was chipped! Boy could I, and it still bothers me when she smiles! I guess b/c I had horrible teeth and wore braces, I really pay attention to their teeth.

I hope yours works out o.k. too like ours did!

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