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I don't know if anyone remembers over a year ago Timmy hit his mouth on the mantle and really whacked his top front teeth. We took him to a pediatric dentist right away, but there wasn't much they could do since we can't tell right away if he had killed them... Fast forward 6/8 months... we noticed an abscess forming on his gums and figured it was time to get things checked again.
Sure enough he had killed at least one of his front teeth. But we were not fond of the approach the dentist wanted to take (Mini root canal, no sedation, minimal numbing, strap him down) so we went in search of another opinion, which was just to bond the front of the teeth and treat with more antibiotics as needed... but he needed to be older to be able to sit longer...
Still didn't sit right with me, but we just decided to wait it out. The abscess had been resolved with antibiotics so we felt the immediate issue was dealt with.
This spring we noticed significant discoloration happening and decided to go and get yet one more opinion. And it was the opinion I knew was coming eventually, but was kinda dreading. They needed to be removed. There was obvious significant damage to them and if the infection were to come back and get bad enough we could be talking damage to the adult teeth still in the gums.
But the way that that dentist wanted to do it was by putting him under with general anesthesia and doing it in an OR. We were okay with this, but our insurance would not cover the Surgicenter as a dental procedure place sooo we needed to find yet another dentist.
We did, and had an appointment today. We were just expecting it to be a consultation, so I went by myself with Timmy.
The dentist look at his teeth, and then got some x-rays. Before the x-rays were even ready to be read, he was in there asking if I was okay with getting those teeth out today. I was a bit taken aback, but I was okay with it!
I'll spare ya'll the details but lets just say it was more along the lines of an adult extraction! It was a bit horrifying, and I did have to hold him down, but it was over in less than 15 minutes. I'm Pretty sure the wort part was getting the shots of Novacaine!! He was pretty upset for a while afterwards, and even driving home I had to hold his hand (yes while driving) to help calm him down for a good bit... But then I stopped at Wawa and got him a fudgesicle, and all was good in the world again!!
I am glad this whole ordeal is over and done with finally!!!
Here are some pics...
You can tell the tooth is discolored here...
Seriously Pissed off!!
What?! Something was wrong with me 5 minutes ago?!
I saw the pic on FB and was so sad for him! Now that you mention it again, I do recall the accident and the issue with the damage to the teeth. Poor Timmy, the whole procedure sounds awful, but it also sounds like he was a real trooper!
Is there any other work required? Will anything be put in the gap temporarily or do you just wait for adult teeth now?
Well 6 hours later and you could never tell what happened to him earlier (except for the large gap in his mouth...) he is bouncing off the walls and acting 100% normal, not to mention he hasn't had any pain meds so far (not for lack of trying, he just isn't fond of me sticking the syringe in his mouth right now... wonder why...)
They indicated there could be a small issue with his speech, primarily with the "St" sound, and that a denture could be made for him. I don't think it's a huge issue, but we will ask the speech therapist next week when we go to see her for his eval (not for this, for other reasons)
As for adult teeth growth, something was breifly mentioned, but it seems more a watch and wait type deal as opposed to do immediate interventions. And then it would be some sort of spacers to ensure they are going to go into the right spots.
I just hope none of you have to go through this, I just keep hearing him screaming and wish I never had to put him through it! But as I said he is no worse for the wear now, its just me that is still a bit upset!
Wow that sounds traumatic. There is no way I could have done that. Poor guy.
I wanted to burst out crying, but I held it together for Timmy. If anything ever has to be done like this again I will be making Tim do it. I would have much preferred the have him knocked out method, but thanks to insurance we didn't have much of a choice not to mention if we let it go any longer and he ended up with issues with his adult teeth I'd feel so guilty!!
Guess this is the type of stuff they never warn ya about before becoming parents!
Laura I`m so sorry! Those first pics broke my heart! Poor guy and Mama. So glad he is feeling better!!! Allie had an accident in the winter with her mouth and I had to hold her down too so I somewhat feel your pain, not as bad though. Its just a horrifying scream that I don`t wish on anyone.
He is still cute as a button though and has a tough boy story to tell on the playground now
You took the words right out of my mouth. I was going to say the exact same thing.
I had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted when I was 20. They put me under, thank goodness, and I spent the weekend with my parents so my mom kept me good and doped up the whole time. I never felt a thing. Sure wish they could do that with our LOs.