You’d think that just a checkup and x-ray prior to getting braces would be pretty standard, right? Yeah, you’d think so, but you’d be wrong.
Namine had an appointment today with the dental clinic at Children’s Hospital. This is in preparation for her getting braces in the middle of next month, so it was pretty low-key, standard stuff: a cleaning and some x-rays.
The cleaning went fine, no issues there because Namine has been doing well in taking care of her teeth. When the x-ray came back, though, there was a surprise: an adult tooth where no adult tooth was supposed to exist.
So let me back up a bit just for clarification. Namine recently had four teeth pulled in total, one on the top and one on the bottom, on both sides of her mouth.
The bottom two teeth were both baby teeth, with no adult teeth behind them (or so they thought, as we now know). Normally, when you have a baby tooth with an adult tooth to follow, the adult tooth sits directly below. However, the roots of both baby teeth fused together. The left side truly did have no adult tooth underneath it, but the right side did. The fused roots had pushed the adult tooth to the side, obscuring it from view of the x-rays.
So the long and short of all this is that there is an adult tooth where none was expected. With the braces and realignment of Namine’s teeth, there was not room in Namine’s lower jaw for a baby tooth in that spot, much less a larger adult tooth.
We’ll be speaking to the orthodontist soon to figure out what the next step needs to be.