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#1 of 2 Old 04-30-2010, 05:48 PM - Thread Starter
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My 6 year old has been having problems with his teeth for months now. It started with a cavity between two of his bottom molars. We went in to the regular dentist (not a pediatric dentist) and he cleared out all the debris and filled the teeth. A month later, there was a cavity on the opposite side of the mouth. Then on top. Then on the other side on top. Nothing I've done has helped to keep the cavities at bay and I'm starting to think it might be a genetic connection to my dh, because he struggles with his teeth too.

About a month ago, he got another abscess on his hard palate, close to a previous site which had been filled only a couple of months ago. The dentist drilled and sprayed out the decayed parts and found a popcorn shell stuck in the cavity, it was what caused the abscess on the roof of his mouth. A week ago, he started complaining about his mouth hurting on the opposite side. I checked, but didn't find anything. Then the glands on the left side of his neck became swollen, so I checked again the next day and there was an abscess above his molars again. ** sigh **

We decided to make an appointment with another dentist, in case the first dentist didn't fill the teeth properly, or something... just becoming frustrated, KWIM? So the new dentist saw him today. Oi vey.

He said he wanted to extract one of my son's front teeth. When my son was 2 yrs old, he fell and hit his front teeth on a brick wall. The right front tooth was damaged and yellowed pretty quickly. When all of his teeth problems started about 8 months ago, he developed an abscess above this tooth too, but our first dentist said it was due to the previous damage and since he started loosing baby teeth this year, he wasn't going to do anything about that tooth. The new dentist wants it out. He says that the my son's gum line around this tooth is swolen and red, so there is a big problem there. He also said he wants to extract the molar involved in the abscess. So he wants to do two extractions and then he wants to remove all of the fillings done by the previous dentist and re-fill those teeth. And he wants to do all of this under GA a week from today. I'm freaking out!

The other dentist cleaned out the decayed teeth and filled them, then gave antibiotics to clear the infection in the abscess. This dentist put my son on antibiotics for the abscess too.

So, here is my question. Is this all overkill? My son's front tooth is already a bit loose and he will probably loose it in a month or two anyway. I just don't know if he is too aggressive and there may be other options or what I should do. Please, give me some advice. I don't want my son put under GA and have his teeth extracted if it is not necessary.
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#2 of 2 Old 05-01-2010, 02:23 AM
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I would go to a 3rd dentist, and get a 3rd opinion. As far as I know, extractions do not need to be done under GA, at least not the front may want to google extractions of molars. Also, there's a yahoo group with a dentist that will answer a lot of questions - you may want to join "veryyoungkidsteeth". You can post your question there too.

I will tell you that we've gone to 8 different dentists with my 2.5 year old since he was 12 months old (he has had problems with the top 2 teeth). They all had different opinions about what needed to be done and how to do it. We were mostly keeping an eye on his teeth, and just now had one front tooth fixed. I personally wouldn't do GA unless I felt it was an emergency. I would go to another pediatric dentist.
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