So I think I blogged last summer about him needing to get 2 cavities filled and what a horrible ordeal it was. In March at his check-up he was fine. So imagine yesterday my shock and horror when at his check up they discovered numerous cavities. I stopped counting after he pointed out four and said the word "crown." My four year old - well he'll be five when his work is done, has to have a flipping crown on his one back tooth. And I don't know how this is even possible but he has a cavity between his two front teeth as well.
Many of the cavities they'll fill with tooth colored filling but the crown will be silver. The tooth fairy will get a nice silver tooth when he is 12.
It was awful, they make the parent's wait in the waiting room and I could just hear him screaming back there. Tommy was with me and he kept saying "shouldn't you go back there and make them stop whatever they are doing?" Uh, torture. It was crazy, I never recall hearing him scream like that. He got out and you could just see that he was "shell-shocked" he didn't say anything and I said "geez, what were they doing back there I could hear you?" and he started freaking. There were twin boys in the waiting room at this point and I could see the look of terror in their eyes' wondering what was in store for them. Thankfully he calmed down fairly quickly.
So I had to go back and meet with the dentist and I felt about 2 inches tall once I was done. He went on about how tough it was to do anything because Austin wasn't very cooperative and they want to sedate him next time. Fine, whatever. He then says, "he gives you that kind of trouble brushing his teeth at home right?" and this is terrible but I lied saying yes. He doesn't give me trouble, he just doesn't do a good job and apparently I don't either. I'm sure that the sugar drinks he has are a culprit so that is our next plan of attack, getting rid of those. But what can I say we love our pop and our kool-aid. I haven't had a cavity since I was a kid, Joe's had one his entire life and Tommy has none. How come Austin has the crappy teeth?
The dentist also mentioned seeing an injury on the x-rays of his front teeth. Just another thing to make me feel like crap. I don't know what happened, all I know is Aus falls a heck of lot easier than most kids.
Needless to say I felt pretty darn deflated after leaving. I had class last night so Joe met me in Saginaw and we had dinner. Joe's ready to find a new dentist because it was such a bad experience and he made me feel like a crumb but I don't think there are any other specialists in our area. And I'm sure part of it's me and my hypersensitivity right now. But emotions aside, Lord knows how much we'll pay this time for this out of network pediatric special dentist. But what do you do, our family dentist took one look at him last summer and said "he needs a ped's dentist." I guess if we have to see this "great" dentist I'd like to not feel like a bad Mom when leaving.
Ugh, thanks for letting me vent a bit!