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Toddler Teeth Knocked Out (Or So We Thought!)

MISSING TODDLER TEETH. Scary thought, right? Wanna know something even scarier – IT HAPPENED TO US. Crazy story that I have to tell you about our toddler, Izaiah. I’ll give you the whole run down, but the Cliff Note’s version is that he knocked his teeth into his GUMS. That’s right, insane. Keep reading…

Missing Toddler Teeth

OMG, what a week it has been. Well actually, since last Thursday we have been in a downward spiral – grasping at any positive we can get.

teeth knocked into gums

Last Thursday, Izaiah had fallen asleep for his nap on the floor. He hadn’t been feeling well – and anytime this boy will sleep – we take it, even if it means it’s on the floor. And you don’t move him because well – he won’t go back to bed.

I am on the couch talking to our realtor when I hear a blood-curdling scream. I am running thru the house trying to find Izaiah. I find him on the floor of the kitchen, crying. I pick him up, still on the phone and go to tell our realtor I’ll call him back when I notice my arm is covered in blood. Oh the panic in both me and him was too much.

toddler knocked out teeth

It appears that Izaiah was half awake when he went to sit on the chair (something he does several times a day) and fell (which he has done before). Poor buddy!

The first thought I had, was Izaiah must have hit his head. We experienced staples in the head before with E, so immediately jumped to that conclusion. Nope. No bleeding from the head. Oh, he must of bit his lip or tongue. I go to look in his mouth and sheer horror when I see that Izaiah has missing teeth. It looks like 2 or 3 of his teeth are broken off. I am in a state of FREAK OUT at this point.

Fortunately, my husband was working from home and Zeke was napping. We scoured the kitchen floor looking for his teeth – our toddler’s teeth were nowhere to be found.

Teeth Knocked Into His Gums

We made a few phone calls and rushed Izaiah to the pediatric dentist. The pediatric dentist was amazing. There was a room

There was a room set up for us in the back to not disturb other patients. They must have known he can be a screamer. This gave us have privacy while being treated, which for this kid – is essential.

toddler teeth dentist

Izaiah went thru x-rays to find that his teeth actually were still in his mouth. The white spots that I thought were broken teeth are actually his baby teeth just knocked back into his gums. His gums were just EXTREMELY swollen as well due to the injury.

Boy Injury

Izaiah’s baby teeth were knocked into his gums. They are still there, and what I was seeing when I thought his teeth were knocked out were his teeth. CREEPY. CRAZY. PAINFUL. Yes. Yes and more YES. KNOCKED into his gums is the last thing I could ever imagine.

So if you are the praying type, please say a little prayer for Izaiah.

The dentist explained that the teeth should re-emerge when they want to. He is on antibiotics to help prevent infection. Poor buddy is dealing with this better than I thought but is not liking having to be on a “soft” diet for a week. (He learned the hard way when he snuck a Frito why he shouldn’t eat chips!!)

My poor little boy, with 2 missing front teeth, how my heart hurts for your pain.


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Toddler Teeth Knocked Out (Or So We Thought!) is part of the Digital Mom Blog series Toddler Talk

Amanda Hendricks

Friday 4th of November 2022

Hello! This just happened to my daughter. Did his teeth come back? Her gums are still SO swollen and it’s been a little over a week. I know it takes time but i keep praying her teeth will drop back down!

Digital Molly

Sunday 27th of November 2022

Hi Amanda! YES! Crazy enough, of our 4 kids - he is the only one who won't require braces. As traumatic of an event it still is in this mom's memories, he is good. Hoping all is well with your toddler's teeth. Those toddler years can be nerve racking!


Thursday 27th of September 2012

Yes, the loss of baby teeth is scary but even if they were knocked out, they probably shouldn't be reimplanted. This is a decision that your dentist should make so they should be stored in a Save-A-Tooth and brought to your dentist. Hopefully, the permanent teeth underneath weren't damaged. If the knocked out teeth were permanent, they should definitely be stored in a Save-A-Tooth and reimplanted by your dentist.