Most of us have a fear of the dentist. For
the rest of her life, young Savannah White is likely to be terrified.
Savannah's mom, Alecia White, took her
daughter to have some routine dental work. The dentist informed White that her
daughter had four cavities. White consented to have them filled. The dentist
sedated 4-year-old Savannah, while White sat in the waiting room. When the
procedure was done, the Whites went home, Savannah still feeling groggy.
A short time later, White looked into her
daughter's mouth. She was, to put it mildly, shocked. Her daughter's teeth
(every single one of them) were capped with silver crowns. Savannah looked a bit
like the infamous James Bond villain "Jaws."
White contacted 3
On Your Side, a consumer rights segment from KTVK-TV in Phoenix. "I didn't
expect for her entire mouth to be covered in silver," White explained. "We went
in to have a couple of cavities done. ... On a daily basis [Savannah] says,
'Mommy, I don't like my teeth. I don't like my teeth.' And it's really kind of
hard to hear every single day."
Investigative reporter Gary Harper
contacted Dr. Richard Chaet, president of the Arizona Academy of Pediatric
Dentistry. Chaet explained that while Savannah's dental work is shocking to look
at, it was probably necessary. "This is a child who is obviously very high risk
for decay," he said, noting that crowns will save other teeth from
The story does have a happy ending, of
sorts. Another dentist saw Savannah and volunteered to put white veneers on
Savannah's crowns free of charge. Here's hoping her future trips to the dentist
are a lot less traumatic.