Sunday, April 27, 2008

Teeth ... Who Needs 'Em

As long as I can remember I've always been more than willing to have all my teeth removed and have fake ones put in ... you know, the kind you don't have to brush or floss every stinkin' day of your life. Seriously, doesn't anyone else ever get tired of having to do that 2-3 times a day every day (sorry Rob)?

So the other day I was going on and on about that to Corinne, and unbeknownst to either of us, Tay was listening in our conversation. And Tay, you see, is a daddy's girl. She wanted to make me proud and do for herself what I couldn't do for myself as a high schooler. And so it was, that with a twinkle in her eye and a graceful announcement of the feat she was about to perform ("uuuuh"), she hopped onto her TayMobile, revved her engines, and sped off so quickly that even Lightning McQueen would be proud - I swore I saw smoke coming off those little plastic wheels. Well right as she hit top speed, wouldn't ya' know it, that girl rode right off the front stairs and into the sunset of the wild blue yonder. It was like slow motion. Face plant. Right into her steering wheel.

Unfortunately, she didn't quite succeed like she had hoped. She only broke 1 of her teeth instead of all of them. Tay, it was a valiant effort. Very valiant indeed. Your cousin Daniel would be very proud.

Dentist says we can either put a crown on it and hope the tooth doesn't die altogether, or we can just pull it now & be done with it. I guess if we pull it, she might learn to speak with a little whistle in her words. That could be cool, right? Some kids don't learn how to whistle until they're like 10. Oh, and plus ... pluuuus ... it's one less tooth to brush at night - at least until she's 7 or 8, right?

So what'd'ya think? Crown it? Or pull it?



... and here's a cute one of her the day after:

10 comments:

Hannah said...

Oh poor Tay! What a valiant effort to live her Daddy's dream. Sounds like you need to be careful what you say in front of her ;).

It's a tough question...my first inclination is to say pull it, because it seems silly to crown a tooth that will fall out, but I can also see why it would be nice to crown it so that she doesn't have a gap for the next 6 years. Either way, she'll be beautiful!

Kimberly said...

Poor girl! At least she seems to be smiley! I would probably pull the tooth out if it were me...

ej said...

Will the crown be porcelin and tooth colored? I think I would crown it but the whistle while she talks sounds cute :) I am glad she is okay, cute girl.

Lisa O said...

Oh dear Tay! It sounds like you've had a rough few weeks! I was a clumsy toddler as well. By the time I was Tay's age I had also managed to either chip or knock out all four of my front teeth because of very poor hand/arm coordination. (I was born 3 months pre-mature, thus developmentally behind). My parents decided to have them all crowned (a couple of them multiple times because I chipped the crowns too). They said my baby teeth were worth more than it would have cost to have braces at the time. I'm glad they did it, however one missing tooth isn't as bad as four! Good luck!

Kirk said...

You could always just color the rest of the chipped tooth black, right? You'd get the best of both worlds, eh? Yeah, you're right.... I guess not. Personally I would put it on Adobe Photoshop and see what I looked like with the tooth completely missing, then make the decision.

Jaimee said...

I think the Photoshop idea is a good one - that way you are not guessing. Without knowing how it looks, I would probably opt for pulling it though.

Melissa H said...

Daniel's mom here...Good luck with deciding, although I have to say that Daniel learned to speak just fine and he has no whistle at all!

Jroo said...

the crown would actually be stainless steel with a tooth-ish color to the front of it. maybe we could ask for black instead ~8^).

at least for now, we're leaning towards doing the crown ... but as you can tell, we go back & forth. we'd hate to do the crown just to have the tooth die anyway - financially, if for no other reason. just to do the crown would be almost $1,000 (most of that being for IV sedation, which insurance won't cover).

The Bells said...

Oh my goodness! She is the toughest kid ever! Way to go, Tay!

Heather H said...

wow! what a tough little girl! And she is so darling, who cares about a little tooth trauma!? I hope that everything works out ok. And I hope that we might be able to see you guys in Boise sometime this summer! It would be so fun to get the kids together to play!