Last Wednesday I left Carter and Evan in the living room to watch a movie while I went to take a shower. This is a norm in our house and usually they kids will "behave" for the few minutes I take a quick shower. And usually I will hear Carter fussing about this or that, after all he is my fussy one and he has filled the role of the "baby" with his little whiny voice. I swear I don't remember Evan's voice ever being that high and squeaky. But any way... Last Wednesday I got out of the shower and decided since the boys were so quiet and watching the movie so intently, I would take a moment to sit and breathe before heading back into the war zone.
As I was sitting, I heard Carter whining but didn't really think anything of it, since he whines about EVERYTHING these days. He continued to whine and cry for several minutes, but wasn't calling for me, just fussing. I figured Evan stole something from him or was picking on him.
That was until Evan came running into my room yelling, "Mom, Carter's bleeding, Carter's bleeding!"
That was the fastest I think Evan ever saw me move in his life!
I ran into the living room and sure enough, there was blood all over his face!! I scooped him up and examined his face. As I was examining, I was questioning Evan what happened. Evan told me he pushed Carter off the couch. I looked around the couch and saw nothing that Carter could have fallen on.
I noticed that one of Carter's teeth and gum around it was bloody. I carefully wiggled it to see if it was loose and it wasn't. Thank God! When I pulled up on his lip, I realized that his tooth had gone straight through his lip. Which I assumed was the source of the blood.
Cleaning up his lip caused him to cry more than he was crying when I found him. After some snuggle time, he was back to his normal self. And I didn't think anymore about it.
I noticed when Carter smiled, he had a gap in his smile that wasn't there before. Then later that day before I mentioned to Jeremy, he asked me if I thought there was something wrong with Carter's teeth. He examined Carter's mouth and sure enough his tooth had moved back and up into his gums, leaving a gap in between his teeth making him look like he was missing the tooth all together. And upon further examination Jeremy noticed that his gum behind the tooth was black.
Now I am freaking out! Call it vain, but I was horrified to think that he would lose that tooth and lose that beautiful perfect smile.
I called a pediatric dentist first thing yesterday morning. Fortunately they were able to get me right in.
The dentist examined his teeth and explained that the black was normal. It was bruised but not the root or nerve was dead! But she did notice that the tooth was loose and said he needed to be x-rayed to see if the root was broken or not.
Carter was a champ. Not that I bribed him with a Lightning McQueen or anything. He sat as still as could be for his x-ray.
Fortunately, the root of his tooth was not broken and if all goes well, the tooth will drop back down. We will need to keep an eye on it for the next 6 weeks with a follow-up visit then. Although his beautiful smile is not as it was, at least he does get to keep his tooth. And best case scenario, the tooth will eventually go back to it's original place. Worse cake scenario, in 6 weeks we will have to have it pulled. And he will be toothless until his new tooth comes in!
Oh the mom guilt!