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#1 miss*k

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:31 AM

Hi there,

Took DD who is 3 1/2 to the dentist on the weekend for a checkup to  be told she has a small ammt of decay on 3 molars. Dentist would like to fill them.  My question is has anyones 3 year old or 4 year old ever had fillings done before, how did they go?

Dentist is quite keen to try them himself (obviously doing 1 each week). He'll see how he goes with her. She was great in the chair with him on Saturday. He said if he can't get them done he will have to refer her to a paed dentist.

Absolutley mortified that she needs fillings. We brush regularly, twice a day and she doesn't eat an awful lot of sugary lollies or drinks.

Edited by miss*k, 27 November 2012 - 10:36 AM.

#2 Lea79

Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:33 AM

We are going through something very similar with our DD. She has been referred to a peadeatric dentist who we saw this week. She said she has defective tooth enamel and most of her molars will need to be capped more than likely sad.gif She reassured me that this isn't fault of what she eats/drinks as we too have a very balanced diet and she doesnt have a lot of treats etc but could be linked to fevers, infections and antibiotics at a young age. She is recommending a general anaesthetic to do them all in one procedure.

#3 Rolex

Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:44 AM

This was me with DS#1 at 4yo.  Same as you, really upset that his molars needed filling, but then the dentist told me he has naturally deep grooves in his molars, so was not surprised, regardless of our brushing.

He did do them once a week, about a month apart I believe for memory, and DS was great.  The first dentist I'd seen wouldn't even consider doing them without putting him under GA, so I got a 2nd opinion, and glad I did.

DS is now 11, and has great teeth, so I'm sure it wasn't from not looking after them original.gif  Hope that helps!

#4 Shanski

Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:50 AM

I just had my miss 4 have her first dentist trip and we ended up with 2 crowns on her molars and a front tooth crown. The molars were fillings and the front tooth crown was from a fall that happened some time ago (I really don't remember her hitting her tooth)

We took her to a paed dentist who gave her a general anaesthetic to get all her dental work done. Our reasoning was we didn't want her to be terrified of going to the dentist and start a lifelong fear because of the drills, needles, pain, noises etc. She may have been ok but we didn't want to take the chance.
She survived really well and keeps wanting to go back and see him.

I felt guilty about having to put her through this because even though she has the occasional sugary food it's not over the top but then dentist said that some people are prone to fillings and some are not which I guess is evident in that my eldest, at four, has needed dental work and my youngest, at two, is showing no signs of problem teeth (yet).

I hope that helps

#5 Expelliarmus

Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:56 AM

DD2 had a GA for dental work at 2yo because the work was extensive and involved a stainless steel crown. She has defective enamel and has had her teeth coated to help prevent further difficulties. She has had a few fillings since but they are small fillings and done in the chair. She had them from about 3 or 4 and was fine with small fillings using gas. She's been filling free for a few years now as we've been really vigilant with both brushing and regular check ups to keep her teeth coated and cleaned etc.

My kids have been seeing a paed dentist the entire time, they have a special child bench as opposed to the big chair and the gas mask plus are very experienced with children and it's been very positive for us.

Edited by howdo, 01 December 2012 - 07:58 AM.

#6 HerringToMarmalade

Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:05 AM

Don't feel bad about it. There are many reasons she could have decay as PPs have said. My dad is a dentist and I had heaps of fillings as a child and still regularly get new ones despite not having soft drink, sweets etc. His current theory is that I'm brushing too much wacko.gif Maybe ask more questions about what may have caused it when you see your dentist.

#7 miss*k

Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:46 PM

Thanks ladies original.gif  All booked for Saturday, have been giving her loads of forewarning about what is going to happen and I am being super positive about it. Told her if she sits still for the dentist so he can clean them all up she can get a doll. See how we go. Might be a lot of start and stopping.

We might try one a month. I think 1 a week might be a bit ambitious lol.

#8 Logical nonsense

Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:57 PM

Its not always what you eat, my mum has shocking teeth & she was a "milkaholic" as a child. Mine are OK, have had a few fillings because of being on so much asthma medication, the dentist said its eats the enamel away. I also have deep pockets in my molar so no matter how much & how careful I brush it does not always get all the plaque away & over time it becomes a beginning to a hole.

#9 miss*k

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:43 AM

Proud to say she Did so well. 3 fillings done, had to get a needle in her gum near the teeth. Not a whimper. Sat there for half an hour with her mouth wide open original.gif little champ!

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