Big news on the tooth front in the Fokker Funny Farm.
First, Lilo has lost another premolar and her 12th year molars are making her gums swell, but they haven’t started erupting yet. Still another year before she’ll need to get braces.
Secondly, Stitch has hyperdontia, AKA she’s got a sumpernumerary tooth. Her X-ray shows she has another pearly friend between her maxillary central incisors that thinks it should join the party. Happily, it is a supplemental tooth (it is shaped like a regular tooth) and not some crazy peg-shaped tusk, but it will have to be surgically extracted. They are hoping it won’t be an issue until she needs her wisdom teeth out, so they can do all the yanking of teeth at once. Also, if we wait until the extra tooth breaks through the gum into her mouth the surgery will be less complicated.
Being Stitch, the first thing she asked was if she’d still get something from the Tooth Fairy even if the teeth had been forcibly removed. She was completely chill about the whole thing once she learned she’d get to hit the Tooth Fairy with a triple-play.
My middle daughter’s extra dental visitor is extra problematic because she has HUGE teeth but a TINY jaw. She’s got size 6 teeth in a size 2 mouth; there is no room. Thus, Stitch is being fitted for a palate expander. If we don’t widen her upper palate then her bite and dental alignment will get off kilter and worsen as she grows. After her mouth enbiggens, braces will be applied to make those chompers line up.
In sum, Stitch is going to need a shitload of dental work for non-cosmetic reasons. Our insurance, although the best available to us through Sweet Babou’s company, will be paying for about HALF of it. The rest of it is coming out of our pocket.
Does anyone know where I can sell a kidney?