Sometime last week, my princess was complaining of pain in her upper right front tooth. On examination, I found the filling that I put in 2 years ago to be intact. Perhaps I was in denial and therefore did not really notice the discolouration in the non-vital (dead) tooth.
So while we were in Malacca, she went up to my boss and said, "Aunty Jean....my tooth is painful. My mama cannot see anything wrong...."
One look at it and my boss said, "It's non-vital la...." , much to my horror!!!
After considering my options, I decided to go with extraction. I mentally-prepared her, explaining why the tooth needed to come out.
Before taking the tooth out, I took an impression to enable me to make a bridge later on.
The next day, I took her in to clinic again to construct a bridge that would close the gap and restore her smile.
On the way to clinic, she asked me, "How many teeth do children have?" to which I answered "20". Then she said, "That means I only have 19 teeth now". I was impressed!
Now she obediently lets me brush her teeth properly.