I'm seeking advice!
I just had an appointment with a pediatric dentist about serious decay on my 2 (and 3 months) year old's top front teeth. We've been seeing our regular family dentist every 3 months since first detecting some small brown spots on her teeth when she was about a year old.
Today we were told that apparently the top front 4 teeth aren't able to be saved. Especially the 2 teeth on either side of the front 2. They started crumbling about a month ago and little more than tiny stubs a few cm. She said all 4 need to be removed. She said there are also cavities in 4 molars.
We were given 2 choices for treatment (other than just leaving them to see what happens - which I don't really think is a good idea given how bad the decay is):
- Go under GA for about an hour of work - remove the front top 4 teeth and clean out and cap the 4 molars - all in one appointment. It would take place in a hospital with the anesthesiologist coming from the local Children's Hospital
- Have one appointment in the dentist's office to remove the front top 4 teeth - she would use an oral sedative and possibly have to restrain her if she wasn't relaxed enough - it would take about 45 minutes. Have 2-3 more appointments to do temporary fillings in the 4 molars. No freezing required but the fillings may last 2 months to a few years...when they would need to be done again
DD is very calm and relaxed at the dentist and is pretty laid back but 45 minutes with needles and drilling might be a lot. GA scares the crap out of me...really, really scares the crap out of me.
I'm also worried a bit about her speech development without those 4 teeth.
We've been doing the following since the brown showed up around 12 months: xylitol several times a day, MI paste, brushing 2-3 times a day, flossing, added a high vitamin cod liver oil, and even using a fluoride toothpaste for the past 6 months (a bit at night). Nothing has helped!! We finally got the referral to the pediatric dentist last month...I'm thinking we waited too long....ETA we also do cell salts.
I'm so horrified this has happened....DD didn't have sugar until a year, was EBF until 7 months, never had a bottle, no juice, etc etc. I feel like we've failed terribly in this though :(
Anyway, I'm hoping to hear other experiences on what people did for treatment!!
Edited by carmen358 - 3/23/12 at 7:04pm