My 2yo DS just went to the dentist today, and the verdict is surgery... i'm a little freaked out and wondering if there's another option.
He has visible decay between his 4 front teeth, which will all be filled and capped, and slight staining in some of the molars, which will be "fissure sealed" (i think).
I'm unsure of the terminology, but the treatment plan reads:
X rays, intraoral xray, plaque & stain removal, topical fluoride, 8 x adhesive restoration (1 surface posterior), 4 x adhesive restoration (5 surfaces anterior), 8 x restore incisal corner, 2 x pulpotomy... all under a general anaesthetic.
Wow. Is all this really necessary? And can i do anything else instead?
I know the front teeth need to be dealt with somehow, because he does seem to be in pain sometimes, but is the capping the right way to go?
And it seems that they're going to put a composite sealant on ALL the other teeth - is that normal?
I'm sorry, i know this is probably elementary stuff to most of you, but i'm a total novice here
I'd really appreciate some advice!
I am going to slog through the sticky tonight to see what i can get from that, but is there any course of action that i could take other than the surgery? The GA alone is scary enough! It would have to be pretty drastic but i'm willing to give anything a go.
FTR, our diet is pretty good by western standards, but probably way too high in grains and carbs. DS eats no candy/sweets, but does eat things like dried fruit.
Thanks for reading, and please please send any advice this way!