Eli has some pretty serious teeth problems, and it is not because he has not been brushing (he brushes, and we brush for him multiple times per day). It is just how his teeth seem to be. So with the first dentist disaster we decided to follow the recommendation of my sister in law.
Calling the dentist and explaining the problems, we were immediately seen this morning and had such a better experience. Eli was able to take 1 xray, something the other dentist never even attempted as well as a full checkup of his mouth. Eli will need oral surgery to fix a tooth that is broken that did not come in correctly and that will set off a chain reaction of other dental issues that need to be fixed long term (orthodontics) but we definitely feel more comfortable with the prognosis and effort of the dentist.
Even though Eli was uncomfortable and not happy about certain aspects of the visit, he was extremely brave and well mannered. I am extremely proud of him. Let’s face it, it is never easy for an adult to go to the dentist, now imagine that fear in a four year old.
I suggest to all parents, start your kids at the dentist early, and don’t be afraid of checking out multiple guys. Dr. Miller was highly recommended to us, but to be honest, he is an ass. Dr. Marc Bennet at the Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental center was great. I give him a thumbs up, more importantly, Eli seems to like him a lot.
Next phase? Knocking Eli out, fixing the broken tooth, filling in some very minor cavities and then sealing his teeth to protect them. All of which will be done in one visit, while Eli is sleeping.
Dr. Marc Bennet can be found at: 260 East Main Street, Suite 110 in Smithtown, NY!