Fill me in

On Sunday at dinnertime, The Big Sis told us she felt some sharp edges on one of her molars and said she didn’t know if something was wrong with her tooth or if she was getting one of her new molars in. I took a look, and sure enough her upper right two-year molar had some jagged edges in the back, appearing as though it had broken. A couple years ago, that was one of the teeth that she had a filling put in, so I thought there was a chance the filling came out; she was having some pain there when she ate too.

Looking back at lunch that day, The Big Sis had a weird moment where she sort of subtly spit something out in her napkin, but I didn’t question it too much because I just thought she took a bite she didn’t like and was trying to be polite and not draw attention to herself. Turns out, we think that’s when the tooth trouble started.

She was a bit freaked out about going to the dentist to have it fixed. I was hoping they’d just be able to replace the filling, but it did look like a lot of tooth was missing, so I wasn’t sure if a simple fix would be possible or if she’d have to have that tooth extracted. I sort of had to prepare The Big Sis for a variety of scenarios. We sent her to school on Monday morning and I called the dentist first thing and they were able to get us in at 9:15. I scrambled to get some of my morning work done at the office, then picked her up and drove across town to the dentist. We had almost no waiting time in the waiting room, though we did have about a 20-minute wait once we were called back (after having her x-rays done first thing).

The Dentist said he would like to try to replace the filling/missing part of the tooth with a resin bond and hope that buys us some time. He said it might last us a few years, or it might last us just a few days; it is hard to tell. If it does come out in the near future, she’ll need to have a silver cap put on that tooth. If it lasts us another 2 or 3 years, he said we’d probably try that again in order to avoid (or delay) a cap. That’s such an important molar, though — and one she won’t lose until she’s probably 12 — that saving it is a top priority.

The good news is that applying this resin bond took about 5 minutes and she didn’t even have to be numbed or sedated. We were told she could eat and drink as normal, and I had her back at school less than two hours after I picked her up. I certainly wish it hadn’t happened, but it most definitely could have been a worse scenario.


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