Nora looses some teeth
At 7 years old, Nora had already lost a few of her baby teeth. One in particular she lost about two years ago, but it simply disappeared one day. We searched her mouth but came to the conclusion it went down her throat. We knew it wouldn't make it to her stomach since she had a "Nissen fundoplication" placed when she was 7 months old.
- Nissen fundoplication
- In a fundoplication, the gastric fundus (upper part) of the stomach is wrapped, or plicated, 360° around the lower end of the esophagus and stitched in place, reinforcing the closing function of the lower esophageal sphincter. (The top of her stomach was sewn shut)
We didn't have to worry long though, since the missing tooth came flying out while using the cough machine during her twice daily chest therapy.
Since that event though, we are very cautious about loose teeth. Since Nora doesn't eat or chew, it's more difficult for her to work out a tooth. So both Jaime and Nurse Kim expedite the process now by wiggleing when needed. I help as much as I can when I brush Nora's teeth each night. That's about all I can do, since I have a strong aversion to loosing teeth - which is an understatement. I often have dreams of loosing my teeth and one of my biggest fears is having a tooth pulled.
So fast forward to today. Noras first top front tooth came out easily, but the second one is causing all kinds of trouble. Her adult teeth have already arrived behind this one remailing front tooth, but it remains semi attached. Each night Jaime would try and work that tooth out for Nora, and each night she would fail. Then we tried the old "tie a string to it" trick with a twist. We tied the other end of the string to something somewhat heavy and put it in Nora's hand. This let Nora control when she was ready by simply letting go of the item. The end result? fail. That dangling tooth was an extremely well attached dangling tooth.
Then literally weeks later, we got the idea to use that numbing solution anbesol then we used a dental pick to help detach the gums from the tooth. ...and BINGO.