G.I. asks from Newark, DE on May 09, 2008
2.5 Year Old's Front Teeth Need to Be Extracted - Help!
My 2.5 year old daughter fell on the playground two days ago and knocked her two front teeth up into her gums. After two visits to the dentist we were told that either her teeth would fall back into place over the next 6 months or they would "die" and have to be extracted. Today she developed an infected blister on her gum between her teeth and the doctor has put her on an antibiotic. On Monday she will have to have both of her teeth extracted. They will give her "laughing gas" and then numb her gums to give her the novicane. She is a typical 2 year old and will not hold her head still, will flail her arms, and will scream. Will the gas enable them to perform the extraction? I feel so stupid and scared! What side effects can I expect after her teeth are pulled? I am assuming she will be in pain for a while...did anyone go through this before??
So What Happened?™
You moms are amazing! Thank you for all of your thoughtful and very insightful responses to my inquiry. My daughter had her teeth extracted this morning. She wouldn't take the gas but the numbing gel was enough to let the dentist do her work. It was so fast! She was a typical 2 year old, but all in all she did amazing. We drove home from the appointment and she requested French toast for lunch. I followed it up with a little ice-cream and she is now playing, laughing, and running around with her younger sister. You would never guess she just had 2 teeth pulled - amazing! Again, you all helped me stay calm and know what to expect, thank you.
K.B. answers from York on May 10, 2008
G. - my daughter had two of her teeth extracted and 4 crowns put on when she was 2.5-3 years old. She did perfectly fine with the anestetia and other than a little swelling, the gums healed fine. Her "big girl" teeth will come in when it is the appropriate time. She'll just be able to enjoy popsicles and soft foods for a few days!!
E.B. answers from Allentown on May 10, 2008
When my soldier boy was 3 he had bottle rot and they had to pull his 4 teeth i was as intense about it as I bet you are feeling right now. The day of the operation i sat in the waiting room and cried and held my friends hand as every time i heard a yelp from the direction of one of 4 of this dentist chairs. I thought it was my son. After the operation as we called it the dentist said he only yelped once when they gave him the needle to numb the area taht he was fine and did well. He now serves the PA NAtional Guard and at 6'5 can smile a handsome smile and charm any womans heart. So worry not about the effects as a good dentist knows how to make the experience as painless as possible both for his patient and the parent.
A.J. answers from Williamsport on May 10, 2008
If I was you (after freaking out), I'd take ten deep breaths and try to realize that the dentist will know exactly what to do and everything will be fine. It's an adventure you'll have to talk about for a life time! Don't worry about side effects or anything else until the time comes. One thing at a time, it will all work out and you will have support. Best wishes!!!
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I.S. answers from Philadelphia on May 10, 2008
I can give you some info as a dentist and a mom. I am not sure if the dentist doing the work is a pediatric dentist or not, however, as long as the office is equipped to deal with kids, don't be worried. The laughing gas is pretty harmless in weight appropriate doses, and kids usually recover from the "loopiness" almost right away. It is actually better to have the gas, because your daughter won't care about the "strange" stuff, like Novocaine and all the instruments. Make sure you get all your questions answered prior to the extraction. Most of the time it is easier to not be with your child while the extraction is going on; having said that, I always allow parents to stay in the room if they insist. The doctor will give you all the after-care instructions. The most important ones are: keep the area clean, don't give her anything with little bits in it (like sprinkles or crunchy stuff). Make sure that before the Novocaine wears off, your daughter does not "pull" on her lip or bite it (just watch her); it is very common to see kids with swollen lips after anesthesia, since they like to "test" the area to see if the lip is still there.
As far as the missing teeth, try not to worry...2 year olds are not too vain :) Her adult front teeth will most likely come in earlier than expected (they usually come in around 6 or 7), which will not have any negative effects on her future bite or other teeth.
Hope that this is at all helpful,
Wishing you and your daughter the best,
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C.G. answers from Philadelphia on May 09, 2008
It's hard to say how she'll be after the teeth are pulled, everyone reacts to pain differently. For my daughter she has an abnormally high tollerance for pain. Where as I have none. As for the gas....it really does effect everyone differently. I can't have it, it has the opposite affect on me. My children haven't had it so I can't be of help there, sorry. Don't worry things happen, just remember that this is in no way a reflection on what kind of mother you are. Please try not to feel stupid. I hope everything goes well, and that she recovers fast. Her adult teeth will most likely come in beautifully, I'm sure. Take care, just make her as comfortable as possible.
B.W. answers from Erie on May 10, 2008
This is scary, huh? I fell while carrying our almost 2 yr old, and a year later, one front tooth turned grey, and at 4 it abcessed and had to come out. That dentist didn't use laughing gas, just novacaine, which really pankicked her, and it wasn't a positive experience.
she later had 4 teeth extracted for braces (she's 14 now), with the laughing gas. Laughing gas doesn't really make you laugh. It relaxes you, and even then as a pre-teen the dental surgeon said that if she was good mom could stay in the room. Given her prior experience, there was no way Mom was going to wait outside. I held her hand the whole time.
However, the laughing gas is good. It'll keep your daughter calm, and then the gums will numb up, and the teeth are already dead. If you have ever had a tooth abcess, you know what that feels like -- it's incredibly painful. So whatever it takes to get the teeth out, is a good thing. It's also a good thing they are the baby teeth. And also, it's good that this is a time when kids look incredibly cute with their front teeth missing. :-) And that they are young enough not to be horribly concerned about their looks (like young teens), so the after affects won't be problematic.
I will be a little surprised if they have you stay in the room while they do the dental surgery. If they do, be aware that it may be difficult for you. But you kind of have to do what you have to do. It's FAR better than having abcess after abcess and constant antibiotics.
when our 4 yr old had her tooth out, we rented videos for her to watch all day, and she stayed on the couch ALL DAY -- I was kind of horrified, cuz it was a simple extraction, really. Finally I said, "Do you want to get up?" and she said, "can i?" She thought she HAD to stay there all day !!! Here I'd been thinking she was horribly traumatized, and she was wondering how long she had to lay around and be good. poor kid. The bottom line? kids recover faster than moms do.
There's some basic after-surgery care like no soda, and I think no straws ?? Not sure on that one. Bottles and sippy cups may have the same problem. They want to be sure nothing draws the clot out when it forms in the tooth hole. But they will give you all that info, and they will be available over the phone if you have any questions afterwards. Also, it's on a Monday, so if you do have questions, the Q's will come up on weekdays. That's another good thing.
Good luck ! Ir's one of those times when you wish you had the dental problem, not your daughter. It's tough to be a mom, but you will both get through this !! :-)
S.P. answers from Scranton on May 10, 2008
That doesn't sound right. What happened to waiting and see if they regain their strength? Not only is it dangerous for a two year old to have the "laughing gas" but it is also a procedure that may hurt her ability to grow her adult teeth. If I were you, I would call it off and wait and see how they are doing in a few months. You would be suprised at how many times they want to remove good teeth. It's good money for them. You are scared because it is intuition, use it. Call it off. If there is nothing wrong, like pain or anything that would cause alarm, it is silly to go through with it. If they are effecting the gums, maybe you should take her to another doctor to get a second oppion. You would think they could straighten them out. Extracting sounds like they would cut them out though, and that worries me along with the anesthetic.
R.S. answers from Allentown on May 10, 2008
My son had to have a total of 3 teeth pulled from 2 seperate injuries. Let me assure you that it is really a simple procedure for the dentist. Both times when we got there the dentist gave some medicine orally for him to "relax". After that took affect, there was the "laughing gas", then the novacaine. They came of so easilly, almost like pulling a really loose tooth. I was in shock at how quick and easy it was. My son is normally a baby with stuff and he didn't shed one tear. Both times the bleeding stopped by the time we were home. He just had to bite down on gauze till we got there. Just a soft diet for the rest of that day. He needed NO pain medicine!!! And was fine to eat anything the next day, just like the dentist said.
We see a pediatric dentist, so I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not. He only puts kids under in the hospital like a "surgery" for very extensive cases.
L.T. answers from Pittsburgh on May 10, 2008
Don't feel stupid and scared. Things happen that are out of our control. And we don't like to see our kids go through things like this, but they happen.
I had teeth pulled when I was about 11 in preparation for braces. I had "laughing gas" and don't remember any of the procedure. I did get sick to the stomach in recovery, however, but not everyone does. If possible, I would suggest taking someone with you who can sit with your daughter on the ride home and comfort her or have a container ready to catch anything she spits up. If you have to go alone, maybe put towels on the floor and backseat. I didn't have much pain, just some minor discomfort. I ate soft foods for the first day or so - eggs, ham salad, mashed potatos, soup, milkshakes! Have some Tylenol on hand or ask the dentist what to give her for any pain. One more thing...my son (3 1/2) has frequent medical procedures due to his health issues. He is groggy for a while afterwards from the sedation, but bounces back quickly and rarely complains about any pain. Little ones seem to recover quickly, so hopefully you'll be presently surprised at how your daughter feels aftward. I wish you well. Please let us know how everything turns out.
K.B. answers from Harrisburg on May 10, 2008
This is something you need to thoroughly discuss with the dentist and his assistants at the office. Have you had a sit down with them or a phone consultation? Write down all the questions you have before discussing it with them so you won't forget.
mom of 5 including triplets