Overall, I'd strongly recommend both Dr. Yee (dentist) and Dr. Pearlman (orthodontist) -- they were kind, funny (in different ways, but still remarkably similar in their humor), and reassuring when I was freaking out a little. They were also clear in my options and in what was happening in the moment, and comfortably pragmatic about the whole thing. And no scolding, which I really appreciate. I'm sure I'll get some when I go back in for my overdue cleaning, but I think not more than I can take.
' I'm going to set up an appointment for Kavi to see Dr. Yee too. She's three years old; it's time. Hopefully, she'll do a better job than I did and never have to lose one of her teeth.
I have to admit, it's freaking me out a little to be missing a tooth. It's not one that anyone will see, and I can eat just fine, but somehow, I feel old. It's frustrating too, knowing this was probably preventable, if I had just taken the wisdom tooth out four years ago when a dentist first mentioned that I might want to remove it. But I was pregnant with Kavi at the time, and didn't want any extra medication in my body, and then after I had her, I was exhausted and drowning in new-baby-crises, and then as I was recovering, there was a small window when I could've done it, and I just didn't deal, in part because I was so behind on everything and it didn't seem urgent (and I thought it would be a much more involved and painful thing than it turned out to be), and then I was pregnant with Anand, repeat. Several things have fallen through the cracks over the last four years with the kids; this is one of the worse ones.
My advice? If you have a sideways wisdom tooth growing towards one of your other teeth, yank it now.