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Dental Surgery in a Teen

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Groovee Wed 03-Sep-14 15:11:19

Has anyone had a child who has an adult tooth in the roof of their mouths, and required to have surgery for it? Our daughter has been referred for surgery and when I asked how long the recovery would be the consultant misheard me as the noise level in the examination area was very loud and told me we would wait 12 weeks! I'm just wondering how long she may need off school and how long she would need a soft food diet for? Thanks in Advance x

Rockdoctor Thu 04-Sep-14 18:05:18

Not my child but I had it done when I was 16 (I think) - in the summer before I went to sixth form college. This was many, many years ago and I had several teeth removed under general anaesthetic. I was told the op took several hours and I lost one of the adult teeth a few years later resulting in me having a very expensive bridge and crowns on four front teeth that dentists admire every time I see one. Great, but they cost me about £10k to replace, which has been done once and will need to be done again.

Anyway, I digress. In my case, with hindsight, it was major surgery and has had an ongoing impact ever since. I am sure things have improved in the past 30 years and I don't think they would be so invasive these days but I would be asking lots of questions. It was a long time ago but I think I was in hospital for a couple of days and then had to wear a plastic mouthguard thingy for several weeks afterwards. I don't think I was on a soft food diet for long - I remember eating soft peaches in hospital - but the mouthguard meant I was a bit limited in what I could eat for a while and obviously I was very self-conscious of it when I went back to school.

Hope this helps.

Groovee Thu 04-Sep-14 18:21:52

They asked me if I would consider letter her have a local and doing it while she was awake but I know her and know it's a bad idea. Her godmother was "OMG you can't do that with her!"

From what I can gather they may need to remove some of the bone as the tooth is large and lying awkwardly just below her nose. They expect the baby tooth to be lost which is still in place too. But as she will be having jaw surgery in 4-6 years they plan to do an implant at the time of surgery if the baby tooth is lost. (It's all in the funding which has been approved).

It's just day surgery but I'm not sure how long to tell the school she'll be off.

Mrsmorton Thu 04-Sep-14 18:47:53

The recovery will be about the same as having a tooth extracted. A few days it will be sore and then fine.

I have no idea what the PP is talking about wrt plastic things in her mouth. Never come across that tbh.

OP, have you seen this I obviously don't know for sure what dd has but this is the most common tooth to have in the palate.

Groovee Thu 04-Sep-14 19:45:24

Thanks Mrs. The original plan had been fixed braces and pull through but the next x-ray showed the tooth had turned itself 180 degrees so couldn't be realigned. But the other plan to leave it, has been forgotten about because of where it is lying in the roots of other teeth now.

That information has really helped with things I hadn't thought about. Thank you for that.

ProfYaffle Thu 04-Sep-14 19:50:12

Like rockdoctor I had surgery but I was about 12 which is 30 years ago now. I had to stay in overnight but don't recall recovery being too bad. I also had a plastic plate thingie I had to wear.

Unfortunately dd1 has inherited my tooth condition and will have to have similar surgery fairly soon.

Mrsmorton Thu 04-Sep-14 19:54:53

The removal of the tooth will
Be similar to the exposure of it except there won't be holes to worry about or dangly bits of rubber or chain. Fwiw, any GA list I have ever seen or done, patient comfort is so important. The nurses are amazing, putting Vaseline on the lips etc and we try to put the stitches where they won't be irritating and the like so, yes it will be sore but a wonder I smile awaits!

Mrsmorton Thu 04-Sep-14 19:55:24

Agh FFS. A wonderful smile awaits.

IndigoApple Thu 04-Sep-14 20:15:16

My DD had a similar thing done last year aged 13. Op was on Tues and she went back to school on the Friday. She was still a bit fragile but was keen to go back so I let her as it was only for a half day. We had a choice of GA, IV or local anaesthetic. Too much choice imo but went for the GA option which I think was definitely the right decision. She was a bit of a poor soul after and we had to ask for codeine as originally she only got paracetamol. 18 mo down the line we've been at the orthodontist every 6 weeks and seeing progress now.

I had a thread on here at the time which should be easy to search for (sorry not sure how to link on my phone app!). Also please feel free to PM me. Am I right in thinking you're in the Lothians?

Rockdoctor Thu 04-Sep-14 20:19:27

Interesting ProfYaffle - I was wondering if my DD might inherit it (hoping that she won't).

In my case, there were three or four implanted teeth across the top that were realigned and pulled down surgically, they also had to remove bone The plastic plate was to keep everything in place as it healed. As I said, this was about 30 years ago and I am sure they wouldn't do it the same way today. The surgeon proudly told mum and dad afterwards that he had "tidied up" some of the other teeth so that I wouldn't have to wear braces. In moving the teeth he managed to sever the nerves of two of them (both now lost), and completely mangle another root/nerve - interesting when I later needed root canal treatment. Whenever I go to a new dentist, their first reaction tends to be "wow!"

Groovee Fri 05-Sep-14 08:59:17

Apparently MIL had something similar and has no eye teeth and dh hasn't got any either... so they may be impacted too! But no one ever checked!

I am in the Lothians... Your Friday half day made me wonder if you were nearby. She's going to the sick kids.

I'll have a search and if not will PM you.

And I hope ds doesn't need this... he's allergic severely to vaseline. People pay a fortune for lips which vaseline gives him. blush

ProfYaffle Fri 05-Sep-14 09:52:00

Rock - me and my dd both have 2 missing teeth, ie they never formed at all and several adult teeth that never grew down. Her milk teeth were OK, the problem became apparent when some of her adult teeth didn't descend. Dd2 seems to be OK so it's not inevitable.

Groovee Sat 27-Sep-14 21:35:40

We now have a date for November. Trying hard not to stress.

marriednotdead Sat 27-Sep-14 21:54:07

My DS (now 17) had this last year, one of his teeth was lodged in his palate. They had hoped to do the 'pull down with a chain' method but it was too far away from where it needed to be. I was quite worried as he had never had any anaesthetic or dental work apart from his fixed brace. He's also on the autistic spectrum and seems to have a pretty low pain threshold.

He was absolutely fine! Had it done under GA with no problems and was actually eating on it the same evening, though I'd already planned a soft meal. I kept him off school the next day but he would have probably been fine to go in. The tooth has bedded in perfectly with no further problems.

IndigoApple Fri 31-Oct-14 22:52:11

Hi Groovee, how are you and DD doing now? How long til the op?

Groovee Thu 20-Nov-14 10:56:42


My dd had her operation yesterday to remove the tooth. She was last but 25 minutes and she was all done. She's in quite a bit of pain but coping well. I think the build up was harder.

Thanks for all the advice as it really helped.

Groovee Thu 26-May-16 20:23:41

Pleased to say Dd got her brace off today and her teeth look amazing!

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