Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Ben's tooth

DD asked: Why not just pull the molar? Isn't it his baby tooth?
Yes, it's a baby tooth, but it's one that he normally wouldn't lose until he's about 10 or 12. Clara just lost that one not too long ago. Losing a baby tooth prematurely can cause problems down the road.

From The AAPD website: If a baby tooth is lost too soon, the teeth beside it may tilt or drift into the empty space. Teeth in the other jaw may move up or down to fill the gap. When adjacent teeth shift into the empty space, they create a lack of space in the jaw for the permanent teeth. So, permanent teeth are crowded and come in crooked. If left untreated, the condition may require extensive orthodontic treatment.

And, the last part of DD's comment: Too early for him to learn "root canal" means "suckage".

Yeah, I'm with you on that one. Hopefully the combination of a sedative and pain meds will make the whole thing painless or nearly so.

Unfortunately, we got a call from the dental office this morning that the dentist is sick and the appointment had to be rescheduled. So now we're on for Thursday. On a positive note, the antibiotics have brought his pain level down significantly and while he still says it hurts, he's only needing the motrin every 6-8 hours instead of every four and he's back to eating. Yea! So now my mantra is "two more days, jut two more days."



Blogger DD said...


Thanks for answering my question. Two more days...I'll chant it with you.

5/01/2007 2:26 PM  
Blogger Nancy @ the Jersey Shore said...

oh, poor kiddo! my teeth hurt just thinking about it! :-( hope it all goes well.

5/02/2007 10:47 AM  

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