11 month old knocked tooth totally forward-- UPDATE
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My 11 month old son decided to bite down on a wood table and fell backwards yanking the right front tooth straight forward. I immediately took him to the hospital where we waited. For hours. Then finally an on call dental trauma chick came in, wiggled it, and said to come in in the morning and she would pull it. She wants to strap him down, give him a shot, then yank it out with the medical equivalent of pliers. I've done a lot of research on this tonight (notice it's 4am) and I am not sure that pulling it out is the right thing to do with him being so young. In most cases it seems to be okay around 2 or so, but he's not even a year. And I'm REALLY not comfortable with a papoose board. My biggest problem here is that it needs to be taken care of immediately- it hurts him and it's severely out of place. It hardened into the straight forward position. Can they not just put it back into place and see if it will heal? Has anyone been through this with a child this young?
UPDATE: We just got back from the dentist. They did have to pull it, they took an x-ray but could tell it was only barely hanging on. They let us hold him instead of strapping him down, thank God... and instead of a shot she used a topical anesthetic. He cried but he didn't fight us which I think he might havce if he had been held down tightly (hands or board either way he doesn't like being held tight.. he's a soft snuggle kind of kid). My husband says the tooth just popped right out. I didn't watch. He's home and cruisin around again. A little cranky but not much. He barfed all over me a few minutes ago -I think it was just a reaction to the pain, meds, and a bottle and a half all too close together because he's happy as can be at the moment. He keeps playing with the hole, lol.