Friday, February 08, 2008

Dental Surgery

Yesterday Latte went to the Children's Hospital to get her teeth fixed. I woke her up at about 4:30 am, she checked in to the hospital at 5:30 and didn't get to leave until almost noon. They put her under general anesthesia because it was a 2 1/2 hour surgery and she had to have 12 teeth drilled and filled or capped.

Looking at this photo taken just before she left that morning you wouldn't think she needed any dental work at all. She looks so strange now with her silver teeth on both sides of her mouth. It's a relief that they were able to get the problems fixed before the rot spread to her permanent teeth. Hopefully, all the bad teeth will fall out as she gets older and good healthy ones will replace them. I worry, though, depending on where she ends up living eventually whether she'll continue to get the dental care she needs to protect those adult teeth. As a side note, you may also notice from this photo that Latte got glasses. They are pink and are only temporary for the next two months. This prescription is designed to help correct her severe astigmatism. At the end of March she'll get her correct prescription for near sightedness.

1 comment:

cami said...

Aw, poor kid! MY youngest had to be put under for dental work, too, at age 3. 6 capped teeth in all, and she promptly fell and knocked 2 of them out!

Hoping Latte is all recovered by now!