This is a multi-part series.
Part 4 (this is what you are reading now)
The next chapter in the dental story.
I woke up this morning after the bear-killers wore off. Met up with my dad since they required I have a driver.
I was the first appointment so showed up a little early.
The lady at the desk informed me that last night my dentist fell down in her home and broke her arm.
Now I can understand not wanting to deal with a particular client but I’ve never broken my arm to avoid someone. That’s a very octopus-like move.
Luckily the other dentist at the location was able to shuffle the schedule and do the work for me. They knew I am on a tight schedule and I’m thankful they were still able to help me.
So +1 to them for still getting me in for work despite the other dentist’s octopus limb removal technique.
The process wasn’t rushed. I sat down and they put a blanket on me. I inspected it. No dog hair. Excellent.
They asked some questions and then dumped the drugs under my tongue. The effect wasn’t very noticeable but it did make me not care. I think this is what emo kids produce in their emo glands.
I suppose I was a little more relaxed but then I started thinking about what if this other dentist is elbows deep in my mouth and then he slips and breaks his arm.
Then I am stuck with half my teeth hanging out and no dentist left as a backup to finish the job.
This counteracted the medication and I cared again.
Partway through the procedure, I try to tell him, “don’t fall down,” but I don’t think he heard me. It’s hard to talk with a mouth full of tools.
I used to think it was neat how snakes could unhinge their jaws to eat large prey. Today I think I learned how to do it too.
I wouldn’t say the procedure was blurry and I don’t think I fell asleep except for when they all went away for awhile. Maybe lunch break or something.
Anyway, I’m jumping ahead.
Once the fish-paralyzers started to kick in they smeared a slime on my gums to help numb them for the novocaine injections. It tasted like the inside of a turtle shell.
There was this neat tool they use before the injection. They placed it on my gums and it vibrated intensely. It is supposed to numb the gums even more for the injections.
I knew the shots were about to happen. The Internet said not to look at the needle coming at me and I don’t like to disobey the Internet.
It stung a little but wasn’t all that bad.
As the Novocaine started to work I had more time to think.
I realized that I didn’t know for sure if teeth were considered as bones or not. Shouldn’t they be?
They are bone-colored, hard, and dogs love to eat them. I’m convinced they are bones but I guess we’ll never know.
Bone surgery sounds more serious than dentistry to me so that’s probably why they call it that.
Back to the review…
The plan was to do two fillings on cavities and two crowns. This is all on the right side of my mouth.
Fillings weren’t a big deal. I can’t even remember when his did these. They are pretty fast I think.
The crown stuff was what had me a little freaked out.
In case you don’t know. To prep your tooth for a crown they grind away almost all of the tooth and leave a wee nugget of tooth still poking up through the gums.
Imagine a big hole in your gums where a tooth once was and Tic-Tac poking up in the center.
There wasn’t any physical pain. Only psychological pain.
Once my tooth was shaved down into a naked little shard I told myself not to feel it with my tongue.
But being the rebel I am, I felt it.
It a strange feeling touching a little nuggety tooth shard that was once a full proud tooth only moments before.
Luckily enough, they build a temporary crown that they glue over the toothlet. I don’t know if they have a name for the Tic-Tac tooth but if they don’t I think it should be called a skagger.
I might have to get a patent on that so I can earn a royalty anytime someone talks about skaggers from this point on. Keep an eye out for my Skagger Kickstarter campaign in the near future.
After a little shaping of the temporary crown, my little skaggers were now covered and safe like hermit crabs in my mouth.
That’s about it.
They were able to get the permanent crowns ordered in a hurry since I have to leave town Thursday.
The new skagger houses will be finished and placed this Wednesday which is awesome.
Lake Baldwin Dental is the best dentist I have ever been to. Everyone there is kind. They work with you and do everything they can to make you comfortable.
Even though my original dentist chose to break her arm instead of working on me, I forgive her and understand. She was great too no matter how many arms she has. Her name is Dr. Anderson.
The dentist who worked on me today is Dr. Dunn and he was great too. The whole procedure was smooth and fairly easy.
I don’t think there will be much to report on for the next visit when they put the permanent crowns on but who knows. Maybe something interesting will happen.
I’ll be gone 1-3 months probably and once I’m back I’ll schedule the treatments for the other side of my mouth.
Thanks for reading.