Monday, March 5, 2012

Pulpotomy again..

More than 3 years back, Eryn went through a pulpotomy procedure on her broken front tooth.

I wrote about it here : Eryn's abcessed gum and pulpotomy and here : Eryn's first pulpotomy.
Sometime in November last year, I sent Eryn for her dental check-up and a filling was required on one of her baby molar. I remember sending Eryn for a filling on that baby molar one day before we flew to Hong Kong. It turned out to be a rather bad move as she developed high fever the following day when we reached the Hong Kong International Airport. The fever quickly subsided and she had diarrhea during our Hong Kong trip. Don't know what happened, but it kind of reminded me of stories of some babies who have diarrhea when they started teething.

2 weeks back, I noticed a tiny bump on her gum, just right above that same baby molar tooth. The first thing that came to mind was that an infection has set in.

This time, I decided to try out Prestige Dental. I have to say I am very impressed with the professionalism of the doctors there. The visit last November was attended by the female Dr Ng while this round, it's done by the male Dr Ng. Their follow-up treatment and calls show that they really care for their patients. In fact, for both follow-up treatment last November, they didn't charge us a single sen. This round, when I took Eryn back there to check on the bump, they did the pulpotomy without charging us a single sen as well as this was considered a follow-up case. They even provided medicine without a cost. I'm totally impressed with the many other range of dental services that they provide.

I love their waiting area. It kinds of remove your fears the moment you step in. There's a very small play area for children and magazines to read. A little aquarium gives you the calmness you need while waiting for your name to be called.

Pulpotomy  is something like root canaling, but not deep down to the root. In Eryn's case, it was the removal of the dead pulp and then cleaning it with some solution before pasting it up temporary with some kind of medicated filling. She would then be required to go back again for another visit to remove this temporary filling and fill it with a permanent one.

Why I choose pulpotomy? For me, I do not want her teeth (the first pulpotomy and this one) to be removed to avoid the closing of the teeth gap. Besides, she need the treatment as her gum has a small bump, which means that pus are already accumulating inside the pulp, thus causing it to be infected. Eryn doesn't feel much pain unless a lot of pressure is on that little bump.

Here's a basic explanation on pulpotomy : General information on Pulpotomy, just that in Eryn's case, it didn't require a crown in both of her pulpotomy treatment.  

The female Dr Ng and the male Dr Ng working on Eryn's baby molar.
 The bump has gone down now and she's due for the revisit this weekend. I hope everything is fine so that we can go through the follow-up procedure.
Appended below are the contact details for Prestige Dental Care :
Prestige Dental Care

22A-1 (First Floor), Jalan Puteri 1/4,
Dataran Puteri, Bandar Puteri,
47100 Puchong, Selangor
T: +6(03) 8060 3389
SMS: +6(013) 394 3389


chinnee ( said...

sharon, when Eryn went for this, did the dr knocked her out during the procedure? How long does it takes? Qq went thru once and it was the most horrible experience. And now my friend's kid facing the same prob on her tooth. Any advice?

Babysmooches said...

Chin Nee, the first time she went for this 3 years back, the Dr gave her an injection on her gum to numb it. She went through it quite well.
This round, there's no injection and the Dr 'drilled' her tooth, and filled it while she's totally awake and aware of her surrounding. She did get a bit tensed when there's slight pressure or when there's too much saliva in her mouth. Somehow, she's ok.
I think maybe it's that she's been through it as a child before and prior that, I went through with her the things that will happened and how it can cure her gum, etc...
Different kids go through it different I guess, but I believe in going to a child-friendly Dr and to provide a good explanation on how and why it should be done.

Inspired Momx1 said...

Hi, blog hopping. Thanks for sharing this. I stay around this area too. I have a 9yo boy and the contact may come in handy when he needs dental care one day. :)

Karen Boo said...

Quite scary though especially for young kids to encounter such situation. However, Eryn handled well. Hope, everthing will be fine!


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