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Friday, August 16, 2013

Well, on Wednesday my older son took quite a spill on his roller blades. We told him not 10 minutes earlier that his brakes were gone. So he decided to go down the steepest hill in our neighborhood as fast as possible. With no gear. And lost control, and fell on his face. And his knee got scraped up a bit, too.

I yelled at him about it on Thursday, after he was all cleaned up, etc.... I told him what he did was stupid and dangerous - especially without brakes. He said that he wasn't planning on stopping, so he didn't care about the brakes. Again - f*cking idiot. I mean, I wasn't the brightest 12 year old... but geez!!! I asked him if he would get on a motorcycle going that fast, without a helmet, and he said no. I asked him if he would go on a motorcycle that fast without brakes, and he was like "NO!" Um...???

Anyway, here we go:

Those were obviously right after it happened. The next day we went to my dentist (80 miles away) to get him checked out. We could see the nerve at the bottom of the more chipped tooth, but he wasn't complaining about pain. My dentist got a new sealant, so he said we could seal it and bond it, and hope for the best. If he didn't have the new sealant, he would have done a root canal right there. So as Halen was getting ready for his x-ray, I went out to get some lunch and do some work.

Now, many moms could not leave their kid with the dentist for such a procedure. But I've been going to my dentist since I was 8. He knows my whole family, and he's fantastic. I knew Halen was in good hands, and that my dentist wouldn't hurt him - he would make sure he had no pain at all. He's a great guy, and I hope he never ever retires!!!

Anyway, here is a pic of the teeth all cleaned up (not bonded yet):

By the way, my new cell phone takes excellent photos.

When I got back, my dentist no longer looked as hopeful, because this is what the x-ray revealed:

Not only did he break off at least a third of his tooth, possibly exposing some nerve at the bottom, he also fractured it above the gum line, right through the nerve.

Again, he's not complaining of pain, so my dentist said - maybe because he's young it will heal. But the prognosis isn't good, and a root canal and a crown isn't going to fix it. If the tooth starts hurting beyond sensitivity (and it WILL be very sensitive) then he will have to have the tooth removed, get a retainer with a denture, and when he is grown get an implant.

All for 10 seconds of fun down a hill.

Halen doesn't know that the chances are quite against him. I've been trying to express the importance of these next few weeks - soft food, no biting at all with his front teeth (even on something soft, like a sandwich), etc... and if he's in the clear for the next few weeks, because his teeth are bonded, he still can't bite into crunch things later - apples, carrots, crusty bread, etc... like me (I have porcelain facings because my dentist and I were sick of my discolored gapped teeth).

SO... I've been making protein shakes with flax for lots of protein and omega-3's, trying to promote cell growth and strength. And I told him NO POP at all, and he can have juice but he must brush afterward. I want to stack the deck in his teeths' favor.

And time will tell.
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    Ugh!! Hope everything is better by now! Give us an update!

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    1508 days ago
    WOW! I hope he is doing much better. Boys really do some crazy things:)
    1522 days ago
    emoticon Boys Will Be Boys! I will be Praying that Halen's tooth heals much better than ANYONE Expects. Hopefully the Dentist -- And You! -- were able to impress on him how Serious a Problem this is, and How BLESSED he is that it isn't worse.
    emoticon Good for you Stacking Deck as much as Possible in his Favor. I pray he is being a Great Patient.
    1523 days ago
    Hope it's able to heal
    1524 days ago
    OH MAN!!!!!!! Boys they are invincible didn't you know that mom! I hope the root doesn't die and everything heals up for him. My friends son got hit in the face during a baseball game by a bat that got thrown and broke his front tooth pretty bad like Halen's with nerves sticking out and whatnot.

    GAHH!!!! Lets just hope this was a lesson learned. I just showed these pictures to my Daughter and re-enforeced the rollerblading safety requirements! She had a play ground accident and busted her teeth through her cheek when she was 3. She had stitches in her face the whole 9 yards luckily they were her baby teeth and no permanent damage was incurred. She's generally accepting of the safety precautions we set out after all that though.
    1524 days ago
    Silly boy!! My face hurts now. I hope he heals up okay!!
    1525 days ago
    Oh me, oh my.
    For him and for you (your wallet and the many long trips to the dentist this will no entail).
    Good thing it didn't happen when he was with his grandparents, though!
    1525 days ago

    If it's any consolation, I smashed my mouth on swimming pool concrete at the tender age of 12. Lost a tooth, cracked one in half, stitches on upper & lower lip. Had a denture with one tooth on it till I was 18, then had a bridge made that has lasted to this day.
    1525 days ago
    OMG!! i just cringed soo hard! poor guy!!
    1525 days ago
    Gosh, parenting seems really hard (seriously, I know it is, but damn). Glad he's okay.
    1525 days ago
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    1525 days ago
    Oh MY GOODNESS! All I can say is . . . I see so much of my son in yours! My DS is 21 . . . still waiting for the bulk of his brain cells to "spark"! Well, have to be fair and say that he is in the Army and that has helped 1000% but common sense . . . very elusive commodity.

    Wish you AND Halen luck. Hope that being careful will save his tooth. UGH

    1525 days ago
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