My son will be 3 in January. When he was a year old, he stood up real fast in the tub and fell, bumping his two front teeth. They seemed okay, but 4-5 months later, they began to get discolored. Long story short, he's been seeing a dentist every three months since then because his two front teeth have been progressively getting worse- discoloration, chipping constantly, some decay, pain, but not every day.
The dentist has just suggested taking out his two front top teeth once my son turns 3, or, if they become a daily pain issue or become infected before that. I'm not particularly opposed to that- I don't necessarily want a toothless kid, but one of his front teeth is bad enough so it's half worn down/chipped off, so it doesn't look all that good, anyways. (He's got an overbite, so it's not like taking his teeth out will cause his to have braces- he already will have to.) This is a very good dentist, highly recommended and award winning in my area, so I trust his integrity- he's not lightly suggesting extracting my son's teeth- it's obvious that they're not gonna last another 2-4 years until they fall out themselves.
Has anyone here had a 2-3 year old's teeth extracted? Are they given anesthesia or expected to sit through the novacaine and possibly being held down, etc? What if there's no way he'd sit still, he still screams bloody murder and needs me to hold his hands down (yeah, I know- I feel like a terrible Mother when I do) when the dentist just goes in to LOOK at his teeth. Does it matter if he's on Medicaid, as in Medicaid doesn't cover anesthesia, etc?