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Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:03 PM
Has anyone had any experience with dental ankylosis in children? My 8.5 year old has an upper molar (a baby one) which erupted some time ago and started to descend but then stopped. The local dentist says it's most likely fused to the jaw (ankylosis) and has referred us to a paediatric dentist and for xrays. We can't get in for another few weeks but in the meantime, has anyone experienced this? What are the treatment options and how broke is it going to make me?
I've always had a phobia about dentists and I'm desperate not to let this experience create the same fears for DD. If they have to surgically remove the tooth will they do it in the chair or would it be under GA?
Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:07 PM
My nearly 7 year old DD was diagnosed with ankylosis when she was 5.
During a routine visit, our dentist noticed that her second back molar had not erupted fully and he sent her for X-rays which confirmed ankylosis. She was referred to an orthodontist for treatment. The treatment option that we have been given is that they remove the problem tooth and then place a bracket around the back molar (the one behind the extracted tooth) and a bracket around the molar on the other side of her jaw and run a wire between the two brackets which will sit in behind her teeth. This will then hold the back molar in place and prevent it from moving forward into the space created by the extracted tooth. The brackets will need to stay in place until the new adult molar erupts into its proper space.
We haven't actually commenced treatment yet as the orthodontist has been waiting for her back molar to have erupted enough to be able to get a bracket around it. In December he decided it was time to go ahead, so sometime in the next month or so we will be getting the extraction done. The orthodontist won't do the extraction as he said it will need to be done under a GA so we have to go back to our normal dentist for a referral to someone else to do the extraction I don't know yet what type of specialist will do this. Once the extraction is done, then we go back to the orthodontist for the brackets to be made up and fitted.
As for cost, so far I have only paid $100 to the ortho and the X-rays have all been bulk billed. I have no estimate of what it is eventually going to cost. We have PHI, so I am hoping some will be covered.
I am not looking forward to DD going under GA but I figure it will be far less traumatic to have a tooth removed this way - the ortho said it will be a difficult extraction.
Best of luck to your DD
Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:53 PM
Thanks for your reply Lisianthus. We had xrays taken this week and it looks like the problem is not caused by ankylosis but by missing adult teeth above three of her first baby molars! The plan of attack is to wait approximately 2 years then remove the 4 baby molars with no adult teeth behind and then add braces to close the gap. So the good news is I have a couple of years to upgrade my private health insurance and start saving for braces lol.
Hope your daughter has a good outcome
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