Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More on Eryn's tooth

I thought about Eryn a lot today. It makes me wonder whether she's tolerating the pain or has the pain really gone away. She used to cry and complain of pain, but now, she doesn't feel any pain at all.

I am quite worried over the big bump on top of her gum. Though she feels fine, I can't help feeling the pain myself. Gosh, my mind is running wild.

I called many dentists today and through the phone conversations, most of them would either recommend that I keep it as it is (which is fine, if there's no complication), extract it (if it's infected) or go to see a specialist. My main purpose now would be my search for a child-friendly doctor and one who can give good advice - not one that gives me scary thoughts. Some of them don't seem child-friendly to me.


Dr Shirley Lim in PJ,
Chanel's hubby's aunt, gave me some good and friendly advice over the phone. She shares my negative thoughts of root canalling (as suggested by another dentist) which can be traumatic. She suggested that extraction might be a better option if the tooth is badly infected, which may affect the growth of the new tooth in the near future. But extraction might also cause the closing of the gap, which may hinder the growth of a nice, straight set of front teeth. I'm considering letting her see Eryn's tooth and gum before deciding the next course of action.

On the other hand, I'm also considering visiting Pristine Dental. My experience with Dr Raja of Pristine branch in Hartamas is a very pleasant one when I had my two, top wisdom tooth extracted some time last year. It was basically almost stress-free and pain-free.

Rina recommended Dr Suresh at Pristine Gasing. I called them when they're about to close and the nurse, Ms Prima, was kind enough to speak to me. She did some fact-finding and was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. She mentioned that root canalling is not the option. She gave a common option done at their centre in similar cases, which is to undergo pulpotomy, under local anaesthetic, to lessen the trauma and the ordeal which might be frightening. Apparently, one of their dentists is also a specialist at U.M. Thus my confidence in them.

I'm monitoring Eryn's tooth every single day, hoping that the pain wouldn't come back and at least hope that her tooth can stay as it is for as long as possible. Well, still have to do something about that bump, which I believe is abcess in it. Yikes!

8 comments:

mybabybay said...

It is tough decision and a painful one too! I will pray for Eryn and hope that you can find the right dentist to treat her problem. Hang in there!

jazzmint said...

oh dear..what's the bump doing there :|. You want to call my dentist? She's quite good with kids. I've brought Faythe there twice and she's pretty happy there. If you need the no, lemme know

MamaJo said...

Wow, it really look a bit scary to me....I really do hope she is ok and you will find correct treatment for her....will definitely pray for Eryn - she really a brave girl ler...

chanelwong said...

Sharon, it does look painful...

Do update us yar..

Poor Eryn..

slavemom said...

Oh dear, the bump does look scary (n definitely not normal?). Good thing she's not feeling pain any more. Good luck with the dentist search!

wen said...

the bump looks big. i think such a small kid shdnt have to go thru root canaling i personal think its the last option. since their adult tooth will replace the baby tooth. but then dentist advice and ur decision is the best option. hope she wont feel the pain anymore.

Jesslyn said...

Can feel your pain! Hang in there.....hope u have a better solution for it!

Babysmooches said...

We took Eryn to Pristine Dental on Sat but the dr suggested that we go straight to the specialist as the abcess is not easy to treat.
It's either to treat it, or to extract it out. So, we're going to the specialist within the next one-two weeks.

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