We had the first of three dentist/orthodontist/endodontist appointments for the kids today. The news on Zaphod took me aback a bit.
His mouth is so crowded, his teeth are coming in at such angles – they will have to take four teeth (two top, two bottom) before they can even begin straightening him out. As most of you who have been through this before, the “straightening” out part can take up to two years or more.
They want to take four perfectly good adult teeth out of his mouth.
What’s bad about it is that we really don’t have much of a choice. This isn’t some vanity thing – his teeth are literally destroying one another by the angles they are coming in.
The cost is a little bit of a concern, (Disney World might now be in jeopardy), but what I’m most worried about is Zaphod. He was already quite worried about having to have braces; now, the thought of multiple extractions is scaring him to death. And I don’t know how to make it any less terrifying for him.
The only saving grace is that we have an appointment in two weeks (after school, thank goodness) in which they will make really cool computer models of what Zaphod’s mouth will look like when they are all done. That’s the only thing he’s looking forward to out of all this.
Next, we go to the endodontist to see if they can save one of Trillian’s teeth (which is quite cracked). Then, back to the dentist for a sealing.
I’m going to need a drink before this day is over (so will Zaphod).
Update The hits just keep coming. Trillian is getting a root canal at this very moment. Lovely. The only good news, this cancels the need for the 3rd appointment (today at least). When they asked if I wanted to do it today, I thought it best to get it over with before she had a long time to stew about it.