Thursday, October 02, 2008

Adult teeth coming in

Kenzie has one adult tooth (on the bottom, front, left side) that has broken through the skin and is growing out quickly. The problem is, it isn't under the primary tooth it is meant to replace. And the next tooth in the very front on the right is just under the skin (you can see the white of the tooth) and is almost broken through.

We went to the dentist and she says this happens once in a while to kids. The adult tooth is supposed to come up under the primary tooth and dissolve the root, thus making it easier for the primary tooth to come out. Kenzie's is only dissolving half the root from where it is. So the dentist recommended that she work that tooth loose for all she's got. If we can't get it out, they want to pull it (yikes!).

Last night she was working it and then stopped and said that it hurt. So I looked at it, and it was bleeding ever so slightly around the tooth itself. She must have loosened it quite a bit with a couple of really hard pushes... but after I got all excited about her tooth being so loose, and how she was getting her permanent teeth, and how I couldn't wait to see her new smile - she began to get downright silly and excited that she was going to lose a tooth and get "lots and lots of money!" Yeah, we do the tooth fairy thing.

And I thought she was just excited to be growing up.


Gina (Caleeo) said...

Just when you think you have it figured out! :) It is cute that she is excited about the financial rewards of tooth loss.

Gail said...

I was so upset when my dgt. lost her first tooth. (I love baby teeth) But she was so happy that the tooth fairy wss coming I had to act happy too!!

Keep working it Kenzie!!

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

My dd will be 9 later this month and has yet to lose a tooth on her own. The roots simply do not break down for her. When she has them pulled they look like shark teeth because the full root is still there.