I don’t know what went wrong here, but the pediatric dentist I took my son to seems to have missed a huge cavity. We went for his checkup and they couldn’t do x-rays so they decided to forgo that. They did a cleaning and exam but he is kind of wiggly. They gave him the all-clear and then we went on our way. The real problem started just a few weeks later when my son woke up screaming from a toothache. The next morning I called the clinic and they were closed. Apparently, they’re only open 4 days a week. I called my dentist and they fit him in. They were able to get his x-rays done and he had such a horrible infection they couldn’t even save his tooth. Now he has a space maintainer where his back tooth should be. Did the dentist miss this cavity completely?
I’m sorry your poor son had to experience this. It’s hard for mammas to watch their children suffer as well. While it’s not uncommon for a dentist to forgo x-rays for a struggling child until the next appointment, I’m surprised with the size of the infection you mentioned they didn’t catch it. While decay can seem to come out of nowhere, it sounds like that one has been brewing for a while. Unfortunately, without x-rays, there’s no way to prove they missed anything.
I’m grateful for your dentist who was able to get him in right away. Your pediatric dentist should have made available a number for you to use when their office is closed but you have a dental emergency. It seems negligent (again) on their part not to have an emergency plan, especially since we’re talking about children who are less able to understand why they’re in so much pain.
I’d certainly let the pediatric dentist know about your son losing his tooth. I’m glad your dentist knew to put a space maintainer there so he wouldn’t develop crowding. Then you’d be talking about expensive orthodontic treatment on top of everything else.
You Don’t Have to see a Pediatric Specialist
I don’t know how you’re feeling about your son’s dental clinic, but it sounds to me like your dentist is one of those general dentists who are great at treating children. They were even able to get x-rays done for him where the other practice wasn’t. You may want to see if they’d be willing to see your son on a regular basis.
The one fortunate thing that came out of this is it was your son’s baby tooth which was extracted. Had it been an adult tooth, he’d need a replacement in his adult years, such as a dental implant.
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