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Question:
My 3 year old daughter was horseplaying with her dad and hit her teeth together. It knocked the front tooth loose and she also has a big blood blister in the front and underneath of her gums.

We went to a dentist to see what they would suggest. They took an x-ray and said that she broke the top of her tooth underneath the gum close to the root. They then suggested taking her to a pediatric dentist after the weekend. They said that the pediatric dentist may decide to pull her tooth out and perform surgery to get the other piece of tooth that broke off out.

I was curious to see if you would suggest the same thing and will this do damage to her permanant tooth if pulling the tooth is the step to go? ...Katie

Answer:
Katie, I have only seen trauma to permanent teeth that were caused from an accident occur a handful of times. I just saw it for the first time in my office last week. So, it is very unlikely that your daughter will cause damage to her permanent teeth.

If your daughter has fractured her tooth and it is not restorable, then the tooth will have to be removed/extracted. (this depends on the type of fracture and where the fracture is) I'm sure you have already seen your pediatric dentist and hope this has helped.

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