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Frequent teeth fracture and breakage of milk teeth on toddler!


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Old 10-04-2017, 06:33 PM   #1
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Frequent teeth fracture and breakage of milk teeth on toddler!

Hello,

My daughter, 13 months has got a total of 8 teeth. Since her 11m age I realized splitting of two of her teeth and it gradually got worse by having now 6 of her teeth fractured after each other so that she is in pain and can't eat anything else but my own milk. I have taken her to pediatrician and children dentist. After x-ray taken, I was told that all the 6 teeth should be root treated under general anesthesia in hospital!

I am staggered and disgusted by this news and so desperate now. Please, could a pediatrician answer my questions:

1. What are possible causes of such frequent breakages in new milk teeth in toddlers?!
2. Are there any other methods to repair them without root treatment?
3. Doesn't a general anesthesia on a 13 months old toddler effect her mental/brain development negatively? How bad is it and what are possible side effects?!

Thank you very much in advance.

 
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Old 10-05-2017, 03:12 AM   #2
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Re: Frequent teeth fracture and breakage of milk teeth on toddler!

I am not a dentist or a doctor, but I have worked for with a pediatrician for awhile and never seen this.
You didn't mention if the teeth have cavities, but you did say they are new teeth so I will assume they don't have any.
So based on that, and what I have heard, babies or children can grind or clench teeth causing breakage, especially at night. I would check that first.
If the baby is doing this, provide a teether ring and other teething toys to prevent this during the day and ask your pediatric dentist what can be done at night.
If there is no bad habits such as grinding or clenching, the next thing to check for is a genetic condition such as dentinogenesis imperfecta. I don't know how much of a work up the drs have done on your baby, but that would be my next step because you need to know the root cause of this before treatment, otherwise it may just continue.

Once you know the cause, you can proceed with treatment. It sounds like your baby's issue is severe, in which case if it were my child, I wouldn't want the general anesthesia either, but it sounds like no other alternative is possible to save her teeth. And if she is already in pain and her eating is affected to this degree, you have to do something. But go to a pediatric dental specialist if you can find one in your area.
I would say, if she was older, say 5 or 6, maybe there would be other options available. But unfortunately, these are the only teeth she will have for several years, and they have to be preserved somehow. Its important to act quickly before the rest of her teeth are affected.

As far as the anesthesia affecting her, many babies and small children in our area have dental surgery under general anesthesia at a hospital. They put them to sleep for a short time, fix all the teeth at once and then you go home the same day. These children all seem to be healthy and normal without any signs of the anesthesia affecting them after the first day.
I would ask lots of questions such as, Can they fix all the teeth at once or would they have to do it twice? How long will she be under anesthesia for?

There is always a risk of course with anesthesia. Anyone can be allergic or react badly. But the risk is very, very small. They should be able to tell you how much of a risk factor there is.

I hope this helps you, this is not an easy thing for any mom to have to face.
But it sounds like it may be necessary in your baby's case. I urge you to do your own research, and to move quickly after consulting a specialist. If her teeth do fall out, the alternative is not pretty.
Best wishes for you and your family!

 
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Old 10-05-2017, 08:31 AM   #3
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Re: Frequent teeth fracture and breakage of milk teeth on toddler!

Thank you so so much Kanded. I am so devastated that can't think properly. Your helpful points lighted up my mind to ask the right questions from doctors and hopefuly make a good decision for her treatment. Thanks a lot again

 
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I don't have knowledge regarding your question, but has she had complete blood testing for all vitamins and minerals and for autoimmune disease?

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Re: Frequent teeth fracture and breakage of milk teeth on toddler!

Thank you very much quincy for your reply. No, not yet but is arranged and will be the next step.

 
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Please let us know the results of the testing. I suggest you get copies of ALL her testing results....it's easy to forget in the future when the info might be needed. Also good for yiur and her health records and for research.

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