Monday, June 16, 2008
Our First Cavity!
How can there be anything wrong with that smile? Well, there is and it's a doozy!
A couple of weeks ago, this little girl told me that her tooth in the back of her mouth was hurting. As I tried to get a good look at her back molar, it looked to me like there was food stuck. So, we tried brushing really, really good to get it out. It seemed to look better but she complained about it hurting the rest of the day.
The next day she said it felt fine and didn't complain again. She is 6 years old so she has never been to the dentist. When she was complaining about the tooth, I figured I probably should take her in to get it checked out and have her first cleaning. But, because she didn't complain anymore, I was in no rush.
Well, last Thursday, the dentist called me to schedule my next appt. for a cleaning with my oldest. I said that I was wanting to get Sydney's tooth checked out first and she told me they had an opening that day. Great! I took it.
We went in and it wasn't long before they were showing me the x-ray and the enormous cavity in her 6 year molar.
They said the cavity was so large and so close to her nerve that they had to send me to a Ped. dentist because she will need an equivalent to a root canal. WHAT?!! (I don't think I actually said that, but the look on my face did).
Of course, the dentist asked me about sugar and candy and juice. Thankfully, I could give a big fat no to all of that. We do not allow hardly any sweets in our home. My kids drink water 90% of the time.
Also, the person who cleaned her teeth said that she had hardly any plaque on her other teeth. All the other teeth were perfectly healthy. And, the weird thing is that she just got these 6 year molars only a couple months ago! They told me that occasionally you can have a tooth come in bad. Also, she has very deep grooves in her teeth that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. In fact, they put sealants on 3 of her other teeth to avoid any future cavities.
So, we are going to the ped. dentist at 1:30 today for a consultation and then we will see where we go from there. I am not looking forward to any course of action that is going to be needed.
My husband's brother had an almost identical incident when he was this age. After talking to my mother-in-law, I have a good idea of what to expect. It doesn't sound any fun to me at all!
Please keep her (and me) in your prayers. I will keep you updated.