30 Jul 2006, Comments Off on Dentist!


Author: Helen

Not just Dentist: Paediatric Dentist. I knew we’d been escalated, but had no idea how much.

OK, let’s talk about Boychild.

Now, first of all, let me tell you that tooth has to come out. No question about it. It’s badly abscessed, and it will never go away. We’ll prescribe antibiotics, but that’ll just keep it calm. Luckily it’s a first tooth, but we need to get it out now so it doesn’t affect the new tooth coming through.

It’s a bad one. You say he was adamant he didn’t feel any pain? I can tell you, as a dentist of many years experience, I can’t imagine why he doesn’t, it’s quite bad. He must have a very high pain threshold.

I don’t like to do this in the chair. You see, when we take a tooth out, we don’t pull so much as push. And kids have a hard time distinguishing between push and pain. So we can give them the injections, but it would still make him phobic for life. In all my years I only did one in the chair, it was a country family and they insisted. And I’ll always regret it. That kid will always be afraid of the dentist now. It’s your decision, but I would recommend you have it out in hospital, under a general anaesthetic.

The first thing I need you to do is go here and get him x-rayed. That will show me where the new teeth are. Then need you to make an appointment with an orthodontist. You see, he’s got another problem.

He’s got this secondary malocclusion. You know how when we bite down, the top teeth… Oh, his sister’s got the same thing, and you’ve just finished the course of braces with her? Oh, OK so you already know what I’m talking about. Boychild’s teeth are fairly crowded as well. He doesn’t need the braces right away, he’s still too young, but the orthodontist might want to take more teeth out, you see. And if so, I’d like to remove the teeth while he’s under, so he doesn’t have to go back and have more out. I also need her to tell me if he needs a spacer for the tooth that needs to come out, so the new tooth can grow properly.

No, he won’t be going to the Children’s. This can only be done in the private system, I’m afraid. I do these procedures at YayforShareholders Private. The fees start at $1,000 for the first hour and $350 for each 15 minutes after that. The Anaesthetist is extra but you can claim some of that back on Medicare… My fees are…

Poor Boychild.

Sucky sucky McSuck.

Comments (0)

  • Pavlov's Cat says:

    Oh, dear. I am sorry.

    On the other hand, every time I start getting a bit sooky because I never got organised enough to reproduce, I read something like this, and am consoled a little.

  • Helen says:

    Absolutely – hope Armaniac doesn’t see this!

    It’s not just the cost (250,000 per child up to adulthood, or something, isn’t it? I don’t go there), it’s the wrench of having something bad happen to your child and wishing it could be you instead.

    And I’m a bit paranoid about general anaesthetics. Watch too many hospital dramas.

  • armaniac says:


    Oh now I feel for you.

    I shall start investing in stocks under a separate portfolio marked ‘teeth’.

    Funnily, my fear of dentists started in adulthood. When as a kid with that crowding thing going on I was given several good shots of local, then while I was wide awake they pushed, hammered and crunched a couple of my teeth out, it didn’t hurt or greatly distress me.

    Fillings started in my early 20s, and wasn’t that a date with terror?! And a couple of weeks ago I had my gumline ‘cleaned’ and it was possibly the most painful procedure to date! I’ll be getting anaesthetic for that next time.

    I’m already being lectured on sending the kidlet to posh private schools, you know like the one I went to and immediately fell from being an A student to a total fail, so it isn’t hard to see how parents can spend that much.

  • armaniac says:

    Oh and good luck for the boychild, fingers crossed for ya!

  • Helen says:

    Sorry about that Armaniac 😉 Too late to back out now.

    One pertinent bit of background I left out. Boychild eats apples all day long, brushes his teeth without any drama twice a day, and only gets lollies at parties. So besides a short straw in the genetic lotto, the only thing I can really point to is dried fruit and bottled “no added sugar” (but full of fructose) fruit juices. I’m going to be cutting down bigtime on those items. it also goes to show that you can’t rely on good dental habits – that yearly checkup is a must! He claims to have no pain, so it would have gone untreated until whenever.

  • Pavlov's Cat says:

    Yes, the money is horrendous but I too was thinking more of the vicarious yet visceral suffering. I can’t even cope when the cats get distressed, never mind an entire child of one’s bosom.

  • susoz says:

    I know it’s a drag but if I were you I’d get a second opinion. I went this route with my boychild and we did in fact end up with the GA (fillings, in our case), but with a much nicer and more trustworthy dentist than the first one, and he did less than the first one proposed to. Maybe see the orthodontist and ask her for her opinion and a referral to someone else…?

  • Helen says:

    Update: we are now on dentist #4. I kid you not!

    1. Usual dentist (annual checkup)
    2. Paediatric dentist
    3. Orthodontist
    4. Orthodontist #2!!

    After a first, second and fourth opinion it still isn’t 100% clear which is the way forward, but it is still clear he is going to cost a shitload of money, whichever.

    It’s incredibly annoying. You know what he was eating at a kids party the other day? A carrot. (Which he filched from the kitchen, I’m not such a hardass as all that.) But that’s the kind of eater he is. His big sister has no probs, except for the orthodontic thing..

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