Today was the dreaded visit to the orthodontist. Chicken’s history with orthodontic care goes back to the middle of elementary school, when he had a spacer, head gear, and then four brackets on his top four teeth. His jaw wasn’t wide enough for all of his adult teeth and he had a cross bite. I knew that when his adult teeth were in we would be back for part two, a full mouth of braces. Luckily for me, Chicken’s teeth have always been on the slow side. When most teens are done with braces Chicken hasn’t even started.
Unluckily for me, the reason Chicken isn’t in braces yet is that his mouth is fucked up, yo. On each side of his upper jaw there is a tooth that has issues-it’s the same tooth. On one side the baby tooth has no root, is hanging on by sheer will and the adult tooth is RIGHT THERE. But the tooth hasn’t fallen out. It needs to come out, but Chicken isn’t the tug on tooth kind of kid. Luckily I’m the smack him in the mouth and save me the cost of extraction kind of mother. Or, the orthodontist offered to tap it gently-it will fall right the fuck out and save me the interaction with CPS.
However, the same tooth on the other side? It has no intention of falling out because there is no adult tooth to push it the fuck out. The bonus part is the baby tooth has cavities-so something has to be done. Here is where the situation requires actual thoughts of thinking. Which of the following options shall I choose? I still have to talk to the dentist, but this is where I am tonight:
1) Pull the baby tooth, put a spacer in for the adult tooth, braces $3750, implant tooth when he is finished growing (early twenties), unknown cost
2) Crown on baby tooth (don’t know if this is possible without talking to dentist), braces $3750, deal with potential falling out of baby tooth down the road or needing implant when baby tooth fails, unknown cost
3) Pull the baby tooth, close gap with molars via braces $4950
The cost of pulling the baby tooth and other dental non-orthodontic work is currently unknown. Out of TWO different dental insurance policies currently covering Chicken there is a remaining benefit of $375. HAHAHA. The amount of traditional dental work that will be covered is unknown. If there are any dentists in the house (I’m looking at you, dentist friend!) feel free to put in your two cents. I have no idea what the fuck I am doing. Parenting! I win at this!!
A funny aside? I told Egg today that Coop had no teeth at all. He stuck his finger in Coop’s mouth, felt around, and tripped the fuck out.