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Jude

About a week and a half ago, Ellery tripped and fell, knocking his front two teeth onto the hard ground. The gums above his two front teeth started bleeding and I was quite worried about the damage.

For the rest of the day he complained that his teeth hurt and he couldn’t eat properly.  Since he couldn’t bite I had to tear everything into really small pieces and let him eat only small mouthfuls of food.

But the next day he was totally fine and happily declared throughout the day that his teeth didn’t hurt anymore.

We left it at that since he seemed fine.

Then yesterday night I noticed his left front tooth looked brownish, like the tooth was dead.  So today after school I brought him to see the dentist to assess his tooth.

It’s confirmed… the nerves in his tooth were damaged from the fall and now the tooth is dead.  The brown colouration is due to the decaying matter inside the tooth causing a chemical reaction with the enamel resulting in a colour change.

The options aren’t great.  The more invasive option is to perform a root canal. That would be a tricky procedure to carry out on an active 3 year-old, so in all likelihood Ellery will have to be put on general anesthesia (GA) – not something I want to put him through unless there’s no other choice.  The pro is that it’ll stop any further discolouration and prevent any further infection.  The con is that the tooth colour cannot be restored, and of course the GA.

The other option, which is also what the doctor recommends, is to just let it be.  There will be some infection, but the degree of discomfort Ellery experiences is uncertain as it differs from person to person.  If his immunity is high he may experience very little discomfort.  The pro of this option is that we avoid GA and an operation.  The con is that he’ll be stuck with an increasingly brown then black tooth until he’s about 7 years-old when his front teeth fall out.  That’s a long time to have a blackened tooth! Longer than he’s been alive for! Cosmetics, I know, but still.

My poor, clumsy sweet-heart.  With him it’s always these moments of impact, moments that change things for him drastically, moments where you are just filled with worry.  The doc says it could have been worse, yes that’s true.  I’m just lamenting the situation for now.  As my cousin said, I should be thankful that at least they have another set of teeth!

Praying that somehow somehow his teeth will be ok!

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Can’t really see it here, but one tooth is brownish.

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Cool as a cuke while the dentist checked him out

The irony is that in the Book of Jude, chapter 1 verse 24 says:

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy”

It speaks of a figurative spiritual fall, but I shall also claim the verse literally. I pray that my little Ellery-Jude will not have any serious falls anymore!!!

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