Friday, January 20, 2012

First Time Having His Molar Tooth Extracted

The boy had his tooth extracted recently. It was actually his fourth visit to the dentist for the last two months. His gum was swollen due to a bad filling. He was given antibiotics the first visit, a medicated filling on the second visit, a temporary filling on the third visit. On the fourth visit he was supposed to get the temporary filling replaced by a permanent filling but his gum was still swollen so he had to have his molar tooth extracted. It could no longer be saved.

He was very brave at first, nodding and asking the dentist questions. He was ok when the Local Anaesthetic was injected but when the dentist started to pull, well, thats when the flood of tears came. He had to be consoled by 2 nursing aids and the dentist. All 3 fussed around him, wiping his tears, offering him warm water followed by a cup of hot milo. He cried and cried.

The dentist was very gentle and patient with him and the entire extraction took well over an hour! He had ice-cream after that and he said today is a bad day at first -100 points for visiting the dentist but +100 points for the ice-cream so it evens out.

Later on (about an hour after the dental visit) his body started to itch and his old spots from last year's epstein barr virus infection started to become inflamed. Red, itchy, slightly swollen and a couple turned into blisters. They look like very bad bruises all over his body. He tends to get this whenever he has a fever and infection.

So it was off to the doctor we went yesterday. The doctor was not sure whether it was an allergy reaction to the Local Anaesthetic or an infectious mononucleosis.  Infectious Mononucleosis - I must remember to check up more on that later. He was given antibiotics for 4 days plus antihistamine and a cream for 5 days.

For the sake of memory, I am recording down the Local Anaesthetic here so that I may refer to it later.

He was given 1.6ml of Scandonest 2% which was injected to the gum. The ingredients in the Scandonest Local Anaesthetic are mepivacaine 36mg and adrenaline 18mcg.

Hopefully he will recover by Chinese New Year.

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