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.