Friday, July 8, 2011

Metal Mouth

So, about a year ago when we still lived in South Jordan, Joren had 6 cavities filled. Right after we moved to St. George, one of those teeth became abscessed and he had to have a root canal on it. Then, in January or February, we noticed that his fillings were starting to fall out. So, we took him to our friend that is a dentist. Somewhere along the way, Joren has gotten scared of dentists (and doctors), so he wouldn't let the dentist take x-rays or look at his teeth. So, we tried again... and failed. We took him to a pediatric dentist and he suggested that Joren would need to be put to sleep to have his dental work done. So, on July 1st, Joren had dental surgery.This picture was taken after Joren had taken the medicine to make him "relax." During his surgery, he had the tooth that had the original root canal removed (it had gotten infected). They put a spacer in its place. He also had two more root canals as well as about 5 crowns. He's been quite sore and not wanting to eat. His mouth and throat were hurting. Then, in the middle of the night Wednesday morning, Joren woke up crying and his mouth was full of blood. I couldn't really tell where the blood was coming from and I couldn't get it to stop bleeding. So, I took him to the ER. (Just as a side note, we were staying with my sweet friend, Cami, in South Jordan). Terek came with us and the three of us spent all night in the ER. They couldn't get his gums to completely stop bleeding... just slowed down most of the way.

We got back to Cami's at about 6 am and went to sleep for a few hours. Then we got in the car and headed home. We went straight to the dentist. He had pretty much stopped bleeding. The dentist isn't quite sure why he keeps bleeding. He thinks he may have some type of bleeding disorder so we are going to take him in to get tested for that today. My theory (and the dentist agrees) is that Joren has a metal allergy. After he makes sure he doesn't have a bleeding disorder, he's going to check for a metal allergy. If that's what it is, Joren gets to go back to surgery and have all of his crowns removed and replaced with non-metal ones!!!

I will try to do better at keeping everyone posted. In the meantime, please keep Joren in your prayers. He's a scared little boy.


The Britton Clan said...

Probably not exactly what you had planned for your summer vacation. I really hope everything turns out okay for the little guy.

Berty Bell said...

Glad to hear things are getting better with him. The 4th was so odd with him being so quite and somber. Glad he's doing okay. :)

Hertha Gearin said...

As a kid, I was also scared of dentists. Joren will get over this fear soon. How is he doing now?

-Hertha Gearin