Dentist again

What I want to know is why does going to the dentist give you a pain in the shoulder? Was it being tensed up against the chair trying to get away from the multitudinous number of drills he used? Or was it trying to avoid the automatic reaction to give said dentist a thump in the jaw? I must explain that this in no way reflects on his skill. He is one of the good guys, but years of near terror caused by some of his predecessors take their toil. The worst was one who looked about fourteen – and I am not exaggerating.

As you can tell, an outing to visit the dentist can be quite entertaining. There was I trying hard not to be too anxious – fair do’s, he had warned me he didn’t know what he would find once he started excavating the offending molar. Anyway, ping! All of a sudden there is one poor crippled dentist with part of my tooth in his eye. High drama ensued……. dare I say it was a “man-chip”?  After some coming and going and a full-scale eye wash out we were ready to resume the digging. Of course by then I found myself wondering if the anaesthetic would be worn off. Thankfully this was not the case and modern glue meant that the tooth has lived to fight another day.

Unfortunately I did not get off completely and have been warned that all may not be well. Thus a follow-up is scheduled for the end of the month. It remains to be seen whether my cobalt plate beds in or not. So I am feeling a tad bruised and in need of gentling. Indeed I am considering instituting a pre-birthday month of treats. Well, it’s a thought.


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7 Responses to Dentist again

  1. Mina says:

    At least it took your mind off the woes of your previous blog entry! I too am suffering at the hands of a very nice dentist – I have great admiration for those who follow this profession, especially the compassionate ones.

  2. Ray Barnes says:

    For what it is worth Freda, you have my full sympathy. The mere word dentist sends shivers down my spine, so I know just how you must be looking forward to yet another confrontation with “the enemy”.
    When I worked in Holborn I used to have a dentist in Drury Lane. He was tall, good-looking immaculately turned out, wore protective safety spec’s when he was working. (a suggestion here for your dentist); he also wore a protective mask over his mouth.
    This I always assumed was for protection against any potential infection from his patients, however, when he removed the mask I was practically felled by his breath.
    He had the worst halitosis I’ve ever encountered.
    This did nothing to dispel my fear, but at least reduced dentists in general to ‘mere human’ status in my eyes.
    I can think of endless ways you can mentally visualise your dentist, (not all of them repeatable), but don’t know whether it would help.

  3. Dianne says:

    Funny how these things go in cycles. I too am going through dental visits so I can commiserate. Good news yesterday, the nerve in the offending tooth is alive, so although I now have a new crown, no root canal this time.

  4. freda says:

    An interesting thought, Ray, but I should say that he is one of the good ones!!

  5. friko says:

    Make sure the pre-birthday treats do not include nuts, sweets or chocolates or else you’ll be in real trouble.

    I’m old enough to remember the days when going to the dentist was an ordeal. Nowadays, the painkilling, numbing procedures take all the horror out of it.

  6. friko says:

    I forgot to mention the pain cause by paying the bill, obviously!

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