Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sarah's New Smile

I've known since day one that Sarah was a special little girl. She has her own uniqueness about her and I LOVE that! True, there are some days I'm not so much with the loving it...wink, but I still wouldn't know what to do with out my little sunshine!

The first time Sarah went to the dentist he informed me that she was missing one of her bottom front baby teeth. Nothing to be alarmed about, it may have just fused itself with the other one to form one big baby tooth. Since the one in the very front was a little off centered yet a bit odd in shape that seemed most likely. He assured me that it had no baring on permanent teeth. We just had to wait for her 6 year x-rays when we could see her whole mouth. Well...guess what? That missing baby tooth was THERE! Or WAS it?...

The Dentist and the Oral Surgeon he referred us too disagreed at first as to whether it was in fact the MISSING tooth or a defective EXTRA tooth. Dentist said missing, Surgeon said extra. So, after the first visit with the Surgeon he said he was going to walk across the street to the Dentist office (oh that's right-WALK, benefits of a small town people..lol) and get back with me. Later that week he called us back to his office and told us that they now BOTH agreed it was in fact the MISSING baby tooth.It would never come out on it's own and leaving it in would not be good for the permanent teeth. So, it had to come out. The smartest way to do that was to remove the three baby teeth in it's way of coming out. So after waiting FOREVER for the insurance company to approve the procedures, surgery day came.

Sarah had not lost ANY teeth yet so to loose FOUR baby teeth in one bang was going to be HUGE with the Tooth Fairy. wink wink. Sarah was very brave Tuesday morning as she and I walked into the Surgeon's office. She was a little nervous but MOSTLY she was HUNGRY! lol Bless her heart, she was not allowed to eat or drink ANY thing before the procedure. The whole 45 min drive there she planned the foods she was going to eat the rest of the day when we got home. It was HILARIOUS! and yet sad at the same time. sniff sniff.
She was a champ though and bravely walked into the room and sat up in the chair when the nurse came to the waiting room to get us. They barely let me walk back with her, give her a quick hug and kiss, snap a photo of her beautiful baby teeth smile and then practically KICKED me out of room and sent me back to the waiting room for the next 45 mins.

In addition to have three teeth pulled and one cut out, the doctor also clipped Sarah's tongue. She was tongue tied. Her tongue barely came out over her bottom lip. And she had/has never licked the roof of her mouth with her tongue. Even now, she still hasn't mastered the lifting of the tongue skills! lol but she LOVES to show people how far she can stick her tongue out now. hee hee The procedure was quick and we were home in no time. Only hitch to this whole experience was when we got home. The numbing medications had worn off enough that she could FEEL her tongue and mouth again. Well, while moving her tongue around she felt something...a hair or string she said. Only she didn't tell me about this until AFTER I saw her reach into her mouth and PULL on something! Oh that's right. She pulled out one of the stitches! I just about died. I quickly called the surgeon and told them what had happened. The doctor took the call and asked me to describe where and what it looked like and then decided that he thought it would be fine and could look at it tomorrow to make sure when he was back in town..OR I could drive ALL THE WAY back to the hospital and have him look at it that day.
I took option one AND three. I made up option three all on my own. Surprise surprise right?! wink. Well I called up her Dentist who IS just right here in town and only 5 mins away NOT 45. He said to bring her in and he'd look and see if he felt I needed to take her back. Well, fortunately he agreed with the Surgeon and Sarah will be fine.

Sarah looks just as beautiful as she did before she lost four teeth and had her tongue sliced. :) She's excited that she has now lost MORE teeth than Kaleb, wink wink, and how far she can stick her tongue out. AND we are all excited that she is no longer on the prescription PAIN meds. They may have taken away HER pain...but they only ADDED to ours! LOL...seriously-her mood swings were so bad I ASKED the doctor about it and he confirmed that a pretty grouchy attitude was an unfortunate side affect of all the meds combine....and MOSTLY the pain meds. lovely. Thank heavens for Children's Motrin!