My almost-2 year old has tooth decay on his top 3 teeth (he lost one front tooth due to a fall at 19 months). The remaining front tooth has brown spots at the top. The 2 side teeth are worse, and are starting to wear away at the bottom. We are working on remineralizing naturally following a very strict protocol (brushing with Xylitol 5 times a day, MI paste, soaking grains, cod liver oil/butter oil), but in the meantime visited 2 pediatric dentists to see what our options were.
The better of the two dentists examined him and found that the teeth are still appearing strong and there is no decay on any other teeth, but that they cannot tell about root damage without an xray. They would likely put crowns on the 2 side teeth and a filling on the front tooth. However, they cannot guarantee that they can save any of the teeth, because they won't know until they are able to get into his mouth and have an x-ray and clean the teeth under sedation. The dentist recommended that we bring him in after he turns 2. The earliest we could get him in is the beginning of June (he turns 2 at the end of March). We saw the dentist in mid-February.
The procedure sounds HORRIBLY traumatic. They give him an oral sedative (Versed.) He has to be a minimum of 25 lbs- he is currently 27 lbs, fully clothed. That in itself kind of scares me. The procedure in the office is that they then STRAP HIM DOWN to a papoose board. AND, I am not allowed to be there with him.
I am torn. I want to try to save my son's teeth, but this seems awful and horribly traumatic to me. I don't' know if I can put him through that. He already hates doctors, dentists, and even hates me brushing his teeth (I have to hold him down) Some (more holistic minded) people tell me "They're only baby teeth. Why put him through it? Or, wait until he's older and better able to understand what's going on." Others (especially concerned family members) say "Kids are resilient. He'll get over it." My mommy instinct says "NO! Don't strap down my baby" and my head says "Yes, it makes sense to get it fixed, and the strong bond you have with him will help him through the trauma.'
I just REALLY don't know what to do. Anyone have experience, insight or advice to share?