Unfinished Sweet

It’s the price you pay for having white fillings, they will fail at some point. I had two old ones go a couple of months back, a molar on either side, and after after a surprisingly long wait for an appointment (is having dental work becoming more popular, I didn’t figure on it becoming this year’s must-have lifestyle choice) I finally got myself in the padded chair today.
I’m not keen on it, I tend to expect discomfort and am never disappointed. Memories of an impacted wisdom tooth breaking in half and my jaw being “slightly notched” to get the root out loom large when I walk to the dentist, indeed some of the fillings I have are due to damage sustained during the battle for that same wisdom tooth.
But today after three injections pre-drilling I slavered “Sat new inshecshuns? Thay wus no senthashun at all.” No was the answer, the needles had just missed all the nerves. This pain-free experience continued through the whole event, even my face-cramp was minor and when I stood up to leave I kept on waiting for more, but there was none. Magic.
Okay, the bill hurt, but that’s fine, you can keep your metal fillings and for a doctor+nurse hourly rate it’s really rather reasonable.
Hopefully all will be well, and I can now eat without trying to miss the two danger zones.

The photie? Seemed somehow related, that was around 1am yesterday at camp just off the summit of Ben Lawers.

A warning from Alice Cooper: Unfinished Sweet
Candy everywhere, got chocolate in my hair,
Aching to get me.
Sticky sweet suckers in the Halloween air,
Aching to get me.
Saint Vitus dance on my molars tonight,
Aching to get me.
Aching to get me, get me oh …
Take it to the doc, I guess he ought to know,
La, da, da, da, da.
Which ones can stay, which ones gotta go.
La, da, da, da, da.
He looks in my mouth and then he starts to gloat.
He says my teeth are O.K.,
But my gums got to go.
Oh oh …
I come off the gas but I’m still seeing spies,
Aching to get me.
I can see them all through a glassy pair of eyes,
Aching to get me.
De Sade’s gonna live in my mouth tonight,
La, da, da, da, da,
And the rotten tooth fairy is satisfied,
La, da, da, da, da,
Aching to get me, get me oh …

26 thoughts on “Unfinished Sweet”

  1. I hate going to the dentist. A childhood of enforced visits and always a filling to make my teeth hurt again made me determined to visit only when absolutely necessary. Think I managed about 15 years one stretch. Now with age I go more regularly! Technology is better now I think, hurts less than the old days.

  2. A couple of folk I know had big gaps in vists which always ended up in being expensive. I’d rather not, but after today the next check-up won’t be so bad, well until he says “Ah…” and I wonder what he’s spotted in there.

  3. Breaking the tips off two fingers was pretty painful.

    Subsequently having the corresponding fingernails pulled out in outpatients – with the local anaesthetic not doing its job – is definitely the sorest thing that has happened to me.

  4. That’s breaking the tips of the bones off, not the fingers themselves, by the way

  5. I had a tooth out last year. First for decades. Unfortunately the top half of the tooth broke off.
    I’m awaiting an appointment with the dental hospital to cut out the roots and separate the nerve from the other teeth. i think I’m about to find out why they’re called dental surgeons.
    It sounds similar to your impacted wisdom tooth.

  6. I like going to the dentist, am i sick or is it all explained by nice dental nurses?

  7. Fatwalker, exactly the same, aye. You’re going to the right place, mine was done at the local practice and they were as unprepared and as scared as I was when the tooth broke.
    But they did a nice clean job and it healed without any infection or trouble despite the extra excavation work.
    Hope you get sorted out soon, I empathise wholeheartedly.

    gagfax, they stick a big dark visor on us now, I can hear the second lighter pair of footsteps around the chair, but I never get to see the owner :o(

    sbrt, add in the huge white bits in my beard and it really is all over.

  8. … now I feel old, having a beard with only a wee dark bit in it. Oh and a shiny napper on top.

    Teeth not too bad though, just been to the dentist for a checkup (and nothing else to have done).

  9. Sbrt – Thanks. That makes me feel MUCH better.

    Being in IT, I really like the fibre-optic description !!

  10. Local dentist said it could be tricky and comments like ‘oh dear’ when examining the x-ray didn’t fill me with confidence.
    I said I would rather go to the hospital as they would have more practice at doing these thing.
    It’s not the wisdom tooth but the next one down.
    I’ve still to go for my initial appointment.
    Did you have a local or general anasthetic ?

  11. “Oh dear” is never the best thing to hear is it.

    I had a local anaesthetic, originally they were confident they could get the tooth out easy. When the top came off, after the “Oh dear”, they topped up the anaesthetic and just dug in. I couldn’t feel a thing at the time, just the pressure from the effort the poor desperate sods were exerting on my face.

    A old pal of mine had a general to get all four of his wisdom teeth out at the same time, and it was probably a good idea, his head looked as if it had been run over by a bus.

    The dental hospital will be fine. The most practised hands are always the best for the trickiest work.

  12. Just one thought … is the Dental Hospital a TEACHING hospital???

    At least then, if a student gets their practice in, there should always be the experts to supervise/take over as necessary.

    But I do agree that the hospital ought to be more practised/safer than the local dentist.

    Good luck

  13. Teaching, yes, means your surrounded by dentists!

    I’ve worked in the Glasgow one (doing engineering not teeth…) and it’s fascinating, they’ve got a huge historical collection of tools, replacement teeth etc going back hundreds of years.

  14. I think (hope) they have the students practice on the emergency patients.
    PTC, they decided mine was too deep to get the rest out straight away so they’ve left it 6 months for the roots to ‘erupt’. Seems appropriate for Spring.
    That first photo on the article above is excellent btw and the article up to its usual high standard.

  15. You are kind :o)

    Jeez, I hope there’s not too much discomfot while that process is in motion. It’s quite a wait that.

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