Thursday, April 08, 2010

Kaitlens ortho appt

You can click the pic to see it larger. Pretty cool huh? The verdict is... thumb sucking has not done its damage! but to work on getting her to stop. He did explain she needs to stop now because it will be very hard to stop at 13, 16, 18 yrs old. and by then she will have severe damage requiring oral surgery and breaking her upper jaw/mouth/pallet... i don't remember what he called it. So she knows what will happen if she doesn't stop. The nice thing was the DR sucked his finger till he was 8, so he knows how it goes.

So thumb sucking is really the non-issue here. What we did find out is she does not and will never have 10 of her teeth.... that is a lot to be missing. Thankfully, 4 of them are the wisdom teeth but that still leaves her with less teeth than she needs. Below the green spots are the 6 missing teeth and the red spots, those teeth, he believes are her 12 y/o molars, not her 6 y/o molars. So those have already moved one tooth space closer to making up for her 6y/o molars not being there. He does not believe that those 2 molars can move one whole other tooth over further closing in the gap and where those two black spaces are with the green dots on top, that's where she will have implants put in when shes done growing.. at 16?

around about the age of 12 she will needs braces to close up gaps, line everything up and depending on what those two top empty spaces are doing then a retainer until she gets the implants.... so for now we see the Dr in a yr. We work on the thumb sucking in the mean time.

OH, and if her primary teeth where the 2 empty spaces are... if they don't fall out then she wont need the implants... here's for hoping eh?



Krimmyk said...

Wow, that is about all I can say. At least it is spread out over time like you said.

Jenn said...

All three of my older ones have needed braces and the middle one has had one tooth that didn't grow and she has a big hole in her jaw and needs to get a piece of bone put in there this summer and then get braces back on fun !

Christy said...

I just stumbled across your blog, and I had to comment on this post. I am congenitally missing 5 adult teeth (all 4 of my second premolars and 1 first premolar)and all of my wisdom teeth. My baby teeth never fell out, but it is not as great as it seems. The baby teeth became fused to the bone and made it impossible for me to get braces unless I had them removed.

I am so happy to hear that you are being proactive about this situation. My mother largely ignored my problems.

♥Lisa♥ @ FinalScore:Boys3Girls2 said...

oh wow Christy, Thank you so much for sharing. I'm sorry you had such trouble with your teeth. I will definitely keep that in mind if her 2 baby teeth on top don't fall out. It's nice to hear from someone who is missing basically the same amount of teeth as kaitlen. I don't have wisdom teeth either, and missing 2 molars, but that's truly nothing.

Anna said...

I don't have wisdom teeth either. I didn't realize it was that common? Not a bad thing to be missing:)