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My daughter who is six had a fall at school and hit her top gum and teeth on a brick wall. The dentist stopped the bleeding eventually. It's is hard to tell how much damage there is to the teeth. Her gum is very tender but 3 days since the accident she can now talk and eats a little food.

They are all baby teeth and I am wondering about the best way to get her through the follow up appointment. She had to have 2 injections and was very scared. Is there an alternative to injections? Can they just be left alone to come out by themselves? I would be grateful for your advice. ... Bella in England

Bella, the good thing is that your daughter is 6 because the teeth that were hit are ones that she'll lose first (lower central incisors are lost at 6-7 years and the top central incisors at 7-8 years).

Typically, the teeth will be loose from the trauma and her lip and gums will be very sore from the fall as well. This will usually heal with 3-5 days and she'll start feeling a lot better. As long as there is not an abcess present and she can eat hot/cold foods without these teeth hurting, then she should be fine until the teeth are ready to come out (I do not have x-rays, so this is not definite).

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