Friday, September 13, 2013

Tooth Fairy Summoned Too Soon

Our 2-year-old took a bit of a spill this week and lost her tooth.

Well, more like she lost her tooth, then got it back, then lost it again.

Alice fell off a wall and did a face-plant into the sidewalk. In addition to scrapes and bruises, one of her front incisors popped out and she was rushed to the doctor and then the dentist.

The dentist reinserted the tooth into the socket, saying it could reroot itself to her mouth.

Question: Is this legit? Because I'm pretty sure Alice is not a lizard.

Not a dental instrument.
He also asked for some milk to swirl the incisor around in, since apparently the calcium helps prepare the tooth. My wife only had chocolate milk, which wouldn't seem like the ideal solution, but he said it was better than nothing. Second question: Shouldn't a dentist have something more medical-seeming than a chocolate-milk box?

Unfortunately, the tooth didn't take. After an agonizing two days for Alice, she was taken back to the dentist and he removed it for good. (If there's any silver lining here, it at least was the same tooth that was already chipped.)

This means poor Alice will be missing one of her front teeth for at least four years  and maybe longer (though central incisors are usually the first adult teeth to come in). She's always been a tough girl, and now she has a tough girl's smile.

It also led to our first experience acting as the Tooth Fairy.

As with our young family's Christmas traditions, we had to decide how to handle this procedure. Kelly decided to gather the kids around and write a note to the Tooth Fairy that we would leave by Alice's bed.

The note gave instructions to take good care of the tooth, but Elliot soon hijacked the message and it devolved into a warning to the Tooth Fairy to avoid Green Goblin.

We also had to settle on how to compensate Alice for the tooth.

I'm not really sure what the going rate is these days, and Alice seems a little young to be handling cash, so we got her a stuffed animal.

It cost $22, so clearly I've set a dangerous precedent as Tooth Fairy.

Three kids, approximately 20 baby teeth each. This could get expensive.