Nathaniel (7 years) had a routine visit to the dentist this morning to fill three cavities. It seems that a couple of his 6 year molars came in already decayed and a bit deformed.
He was so sweet and brave, staying still for the Novacaine and coming out of the chair with a smile.
The dentist reminded Nathaniel not to bite his cheek while it was numb from the medicine and to be careful eating lunch.
I kept an eye on him during lunch and his mouth seemed fine.
Four hours after his appointment, he said his mouth felt funny. I looked inside his mouth, and this is what I found:
Poor baby! He had somehow bitten a huge, nasty, deep cut into his little numb lip! It started gushing blood (think how a bloody nose gushes!) and I made a quick call to the dentist.
She said I could bring him in for sutures, or wait it out and try to let it heal naturally.
We chose to wait it out. His lip is badly swollen and the "hole" is quite deep, but I know mouth wounds heal fast so I'm hoping it looks better soon.
Moral of the story----Numb mouths and children don't mix! :)