I’m not sure if I ever told you about Harry’s accident last year. We were at his Grandad’s house playing in the garden, kids running around happily as usual when Harry fell over, tripping over his own feet. An accident all children have often, only this time he fell hitting his face on a ladder resting against the garage wall splitting his gum badly and hitting his teeth.
After 15 minutes the bleeding wouldn’t calm down so off to A&E we went. There wasn’t anything they could do other than pain relief but at that time we were unsure of the damage as couldn’t see for blood.
Around a week later his tooth went black and the dentist advised it was dead but to leave for now and hopefully they’d be no damage to his adult teeth but time would tell.
2 weeks ago after a trip to the park, Harry lost his footing on the roundabout and hit his face into the metal bar. Cue lots more blood and a run home for ice packs and flannels.
It was then we discovered he’d hit his teeth badly again. A call to the dentist secured an appointment for the next day. That morning before we went, while brushing his teeth, I discovered his front tooth was actually wobbly.
At the dentist we discovered it was worse than we’d feared. No leaving it to see what happens this time but a referral to have both front teeth extracted under sedation with a warning that his adult teeth may well be effected. He could end up needing lots of dental work once he is older and they could grow back black, discoloured or even wonky……but we won’t know for a few years as only being 3 and 3/4 his adult teeth aren’t due to come through for a few years yet.
Today’s news has sunk in now and I’m still rather upset by it. Harry has been referred to have his front teeth removed under sedation. Last year he had an accident and fell over hitting his mouth on a ladder resulting in a death tooth. On Wednesday he fell over on the roundabout in the park smashing his teeth, resulting in cut and swollen gums and a wobbly tooth. At 3 he will be gappy for quite some time #ukparentbloggers
He was given antibiotics to help fight off infection and to reduce the swelling.
A week later he developed an abscess above his top tooth so we went back to the dentist. Another course of antibiotics were given with a word of warning his referral could take up to 9 months.
The next day his referral letter actually came through for me to make an appointment……7th April was the earliest date available.
We’ve been told he will keep getting these abscesses, he is in agony from it and it’s doubled in size to the size of a marble.
I’m to keep calling regularly to see if we can get a cancellation appointment or we can go private and he will be seen and treated within the month for a cost of around £300 – this could be more is any other treatment is needed.
Another option is to go to the dental hospital in London – St Thomas‘, explain our situation and what our dentist has advised and they maybe able to do it there…..but it’s not a guarantee.
As much as I love the NHS in this country and it’s not let my children down yet I feel it has on this occasion. Harry can’t eat on his front teeth as they are too sore so is eating at the side of his mouth and he can’t eat any hard foods…eating this way until April will misalign his jaw and cause even more problems and I will not let him stay in pain any longer, especially seeing as these painful abscess’ will reoccur.
I’ll be phoning to see if there are any cancellations this week and making an appointment to see Paul’s Dad’s private dentist this week for his opinion on what to do – hopefully this will be sorted very quickly that way as there is NO way on earth I’m waiting for that appointment in April, if it needs paying for then so be it!