If you had seen Hudson’s teeth in the last seven or eight months, you might have wondered if I ever brush his teeth. Or if he eats candy for every meal. This is what his teeth looked like before yesterday…
Late last year, Hudson took a nasty fall and cracked six of his baby teeth, four on top and two on bottom. We didn’t even realize his teeth were affected until several weeks later when we noticed they were starting to decay slightly along the crack. We didn’t think much of it — they were just baby teeth, after all!
A few months after that, one of the top teeth broke off, leaving a tiny stub. At some point during those few months, two of the other affected teeth basically began to disintegrate. Thankfully, Hudson never complained of any pain!
As the teeth continued to decay, we finally made an appointment with a pediatric dentist. The dentist’s biggest concern was the possibility of infection and inflammation of Hudson’s gums. He recommended two extractions, six crowns, and two fillings (one composite and one amalgam — and we refused the amalgam!), which would require outpatient surgery under general anesthesia.
We scheduled the outpatient appointment and prayed that Hud would do just as well with anesthesia and surgery as his little brother did six months ago.
The surgery was yesterday, and everything was successful! The bottom two teeth have stainless steel crowns, which Hudson thinks is “so cool.” He now has a large gap on top, but the dentist mentioned that the permanent teeth might come in a little sooner than normal since those baby teeth roots have been removed.
Hudson is recovering quickly — he’s already back to his normal self today! We appreciate everyone who prayed and offered help (and we’re so grateful for my parents who kept Calla and Boulder overnight so Eric and I could both go to the surgery.) The option of dental restoration is such a blessing…it’s absolutely amazing to me what a dentist can accomplish in an hour-long procedure. We are very thankful!