We are currently faced with the decision of whether or not to pull Buddha's front teeth out. The wire splint was taken off this past Monday and the dentist who has overseen this whole trauma didn't seem too optimistic. She said the tooth is still really loose, but she seemed to think that it might solidify in place once the swelling around the nerves goes down.
Today, however, we took the boys to see their dentist, Dr. Baker, for the first time. He is their dentist because he accepts our dental insurance plan. Otherwise we might have stayed with the emergency dentist, Dr. Good, who initially took care of Buddha. Anyway, Dr. Baker says that both teeth have to be pulled and we have to shell out another $550+ for a baby bridge so that Buddha doesn't develop a speech problem. I was shocked, first of all because only one tooth was ever in question and now suddenly it's the two front teeth that are no good?! And second, because here we already spent $500 dollars trying to save the tooth. Dr. Baker says that the tooth was pushed back too far to have ever had any hope of saving it. And if that's the case, then I really don't know who to be more upset with - Dr. Good or Dr. Baker? Dr. Good shouldn't have tried to save the tooth in the first place if it was too far gone. And is this "baby bridge" that Dr. Baker is pushing really necessary? Or is he just feeding on parental guilt and protectiveness? Does anyone out there have any experience with this sort of thing? I need some advice here. I don't want to cause my child to develop a lisp or anything, but I'm also worried that we're being taken advantage of by these dentist who could be pushing sales over necessity. One of the assistants tried to sell me a $12 box of baby teeth wipes that I could "use on the little one until he's 4 or so and can use a toothbrush." I kindly thanked her and then informed her that my one year old already knows how to use a toothbrush and does very well on his own, thank you very much. $12 for 12 days of teeth wipes. Unreal!
Well, that last was a tangent. So, advice people. I am in need!