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Hi there!  My son (9-months old) had some sort of accident at daycare yesterday during his nap (he sleeps in a pack-n-play while at daycare).  No one is really sure what happened.  That is another issue.

My question to you is... his two bottom teeth (the only 2 teeth he has so far) were shoved forward during the accident.  The gums are swollen around it and there is some bruising and dried blood.  It looks terrible.  As a mom, I freaked out.  I took him to our family dentist this morning and he basically said to wait it out and that everything should go back to normal.  Would you agree?

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Dear Ashlee,

Your family dentist is probably correct.  Children have a great capacity to heal.  His teeth will most likely go back to normal if left alone.  Worst case scenario is that these teeth may eventually be lost, and he might have to wait until his permanents are ready to come in (about age 5-7).  

If these teeth are not back in position and firm within the next 5 days, or if there is persistent swelling, contact a pediatric dentist for a closer look.


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I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

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