possible speech development and extraction of four front teeth in 19 mo oldHello all--
Judging from all the posts on this forum, I am not alone. Which is such a great feeling. Much better than how I felt before I chanced by here to see if anyone else had a kid with a mouth full of rotten teeth. Long story short, noticed a small brown spot on right eye tooth, showed pediatrician at 12 month check up. She blew it off, said to start brushing around 18 months. By the 15 month check up, that tooth was 75% brown, and the other three front teeth were showing signs of decay. Should have been more proactive about getting him to a dentist, but the one she recommended that accepted our insurance had a 3 month delay for an appointment. By the the time he was seen by the dentist at 18 months, the original tooth was completely brown, and the others were looking pretty bad. One of his two front teeth has a bad chip. They said he'd need surgery to fix. Got a second opinion, same thing. I'm terrified of putting him under GA, but see no alternative. With the rate of decay, i can't believe he isn't in severe pain already. The original eye tooth is almost gone. It doesn't really show up when he smiles unless you look for it. Totally dropped the ball on the dental hygiene-- didn't brush til it was too late. A heavy night nurser. Bad combination. Also has cavities on back molars. They will either fill or cap, depending on extent of damage once they do x-rays.
I don't know anything about GA and children this young, and the only thing I've read is a post somewhere here that said their child was never the same after going under, lack of concentration, and no longer quick as a whip. I obviously do not want to damage my child, but I feel I must choose between the lesser of two evils. Does anyone know of anywhere I can find information on studies about GA and it's safety/side effects? The hospital wouldn't give us anything until the morning of.
Not that you'd know it thus far, but the real thrust of my post is that I'm wondering how, with four front teeth gone (surgeon called last week said he was probably going to lose all four), will he have trouble forming certain sounds properly? He speaks a bit and doesn't say his "f"s or his "l"s or his "th"s, and these and probably more seem dependent on these teeth. Anyone have any experience with this? Thanks in advance...