He needed a tooth pulled!!

United States
August 20, 2009 12:56pm CST
My 6 year old son got his first tooth pulled earlier today. The dentist said his wisdom teeth were impacted and the baby teeth weren't budging, so he had to pull them. We went in today to get one pulled, and we'll have to go back next week for the other. The dentist told me it wouldn't be a big deal, baby teeth aren't too hard to pull. He said he'd use gas on my son to make it easier on him. I stood there and watched the whole thing, and let me tell you that was a very difficult thing to watch! The gas didn't seem to help my boy at all! The doc did numb the gums a bit with some orajel type stuff, then he stuck the novicaine needle in there, and my little boy started to cry. Then he pulled the tooth and there was a bit of blood, and my boy cried some more! I really thought it wouldn't be that bad, the dentist said it wouldn't. I hate the thought of having to put my boy through that again, and he certainly isn't looking forward to it either! Do you have experience with baby teeth not wanting to fall out on their own? Did your child need a baby tooth pulled, or did you just wait and see if it came out on it's own?
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
20 Aug 09
So far my daughter hasn't had any trouble getting her teeth out. If anything she has been pulling them out too soon. As soon a tooth gets a little loose she is all about trying to get them out. Then you goes for an extra long time with a gap in her teeth lol. She has one cavity she needs to get filled now. Her sister went for the first time this week and has a shocking 3 cavities. I couldn't believe it. I felt like a bad mother. :( So she is going to get all 3 filled and we are going to start working harder at brushing our teeth.
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• United States
20 Aug 09
Are the cavities in her adult teeth? I can't understand the reasoning behind filling a cavity in a baby tooth, it's gonna fall out anyways! I haven't had that problem yet, none of mine have had any cavities yet, which does sometimes surprise me because they are not perfect brushers!!
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• United States
21 Aug 09
If you don't fill the cavities in the baby teeth, they could in theory cause cavities in the permanant teeth.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
20 Aug 09
I feel that the dentist did not numb your son sufficiently before he attempted to pull the tooth out. Honestly I do. It should have not caused his pain and he should have tested first to see if your son was fully numb. He would feel pressure but not pain. My daughter has her baby teeth when her adult teeth came through and it was really gross to see. Imagine seeing two sets of teeth in her mouth. I went to the dentist in trepidation and she sat in my lap and do you know she did not feel a thing.I was so happy that she did not suffer pain. I feel this for you. The dentist squeezed her shoulder and told her that the squeeze was pressure and that was all she would feel. So she was prepared for that and it worked.
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• United States
20 Aug 09
The novicaine needle was the worst part, and I didn't know ahead of time that they'd use novicaine on him. I was under the impression that the gas was all he'd need. I really don't want to have to take him back to get the other pulled, but I'm not certain I have that option. Maybe I'll call some other dentists and see what they say.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
20 Aug 09
Yes, call a few other dentists and get some other opinions. It is awful when they gt a scary experience with the dentist while they are so young. That happened to me and I am still terrified of going to the Dentist.
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@UK_Shree (3604)
20 Aug 09
I have been told that I might need to have some teeth pulled out so that my wisdom teeth can grow properly, but to honest I said that I would rather not have it done as I have not experienced any problems with it, and it costs so much as well. Plus it does seem really scary - hope your son was okay afterwards!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Aug 09
My oldest had 4 baby teeth pulled. At the same time. And dang, some of those things had tree trunk roots. She parlayed it into 2 days off of school. Had I known I would have waited until school was out. Had to do it though or the adult teeth wouldn't have grown in right...
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Aug 09
Ouch is the first thing that comes to mind. My daughter is six-years old as well. She went to the dentist this year and came home with the diagnosis of needing to have all of her baby teeth pulled because they weren't coming out fast enough and her adult teeth were coming in crooked. After I saw that treatment plan I told my husband that we would be getting a second opinion. Yes, she does have one tooth that needs to be pulled, but that particular dentist refused to pull just the one tooth, he wanted to pull 6 at one time. The lesson that I learned from all of that is that I just can't trust a dentist at face value. Also, we've given our daughter permission to wiggle her teeth as much as she wants.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
20 Aug 09
When my one daughter was little her mouth was so small they had to pull several to make room for the others.....we didn't have an option as her other teeth were coming in so crooked.....but it really helped. Just think that it's a temporary situation where the pain is concerned....I couldn't stand to see my kids in pain either....so someone else had to take them for their shots....I couldn't handle it so I know where you're coming from....
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
20 Aug 09
My middle child had to have most of his baby teeth pulled so far. I think 2 fell out on their own. He had 4 pulled at one time and it wasn't to bad he seems to have a high pain tolerance.
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@gossipzz (500)
• Canada
20 Aug 09
I am really sorry to hear about that sad experience. I think some dentist just scam you to make money. He is 6. Why not make the teeth come out naturally. It will grow back. I think wisdom teeth come in at a later time in their life. My dentist tell me the same thing every six month from along time. He tell me If I don't come back my teeth will fall out at 30. I am above that age with all my teeth hum.
• Canada
21 Aug 09
How could a 6 year old have wisdom teeth? I didn't think those came in until the person was atleast in their mid to late teen years. I know of 6 year molars, and 12 year mollars, but wisdom teeth? Are you sure it wasn't the 6 year mollars? Either way, it must have been hard to watch him go through that. I hope he got a big hug afterwards.
• United States
21 Aug 09
Yeah, that's what I meant was the molars... I misspoke. Or mis-typed!
@GreenMoo (11842)
23 Aug 09
Ouch! Poor little boy. My baby teeth at the front sides (the ┬┤vampire┬┤teeth) never fell out of their own accord because the adult teeth behind them never dropped and pushed them. I ended up having them pulled, then loads of orthodontic treatment in order to fill the gaps. This was when I was a teenager. The alternative was finding that they fell out on their own when I was an adult, leaving me with gaps.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
22 Aug 09
I don't know how the dentist can tell anything about a 6 year old's wisdom teeth. They are not formed yet. If they have started to form, what do they have to do with baby teeth that should be lost naturally.
• United States
21 Aug 09
Nope no teeth pulled yet. Silver caps.. yes. But they didn't let me stay in the room for that. Why didn't they pull both teeth at the same time? You know how people are we go thru something we didn't like 1x we sure as heck are not going to voluntairly go again.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
21 Aug 09
I didn't no. But my younger sister did. And she didn't sit in the chair. She need to be put out and have surgery. They pulled 5 of her teeth to make room. I am sure he was brave. Poor little guy.
@grace118224 (1040)
• China
21 Aug 09
Well really sad indeed . As a mother i feel rather cruel if this happens to my son. I just remembered that when i was at the age of changing my teeth i just waited them to come out on their own . I didn't go to the dentist at all. Sometimes i would pull them by my own hands . Luckily now my teeth is good and i feel happy about this . A lot of people are suffering toothache every day so we have to pay great attention to the teeth of our own children so that they can have good teeth all around their life.
• United States
21 Aug 09
I had to have 7 baby teeth pulled in order to have braces put on and after they had been pulled we had to wait for them all to come in, but one was growing in sideways so had to have that one surgcally removed, then ended up having to have my wisdom teeth removed because my mouth is too small, and my mom was so nice as to have them pulled 2 days before xmas...how nice huh, looked like a chipmunk..least it wasn't during school lol. going to the dentist sux a lot i try to avoid it if at all possible but still maintain the health of my teeth. that sux that your son had to have that done at such a young age :(
• India
21 Aug 09
I have no children. But i have n idea about this dicussion. here i see that the baby teeth are fall down itself at the stage of ten years old. but we didnt pull their teeth. it will fall down itself. And i have one experience. at the age of 7 my teeth too pulled by doctor. only one teeth. but it is very pained. i though how your boy let doctor to pull his teeth!
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
21 Aug 09
my wisdom tooth needs to be pulled.
@weasel81 (2501)
• Australia
21 Aug 09
my son is not long 7, he's lost most of his baby teeth i think. but has rotten teeth, lots of decay. he even has 2 caps done on either side of his mouth. last thing i needed, but he still loves going to the dentist.
• China
21 Aug 09
Hey,as a mother,I understand you,but don't get too serious,just like what the doc said"it won't be a big deal".What you need to know is that baby's teeth won't grow to be perfect in just one time,it have to grow many times until you don't need to find a Doc.So,if you find a baby teeth is growing while the old one is still good in there,then you need to pull it out and make the new one grows properly.If not,it will become bad and probably,the baby will have to make an orthodontics as he grows older.