We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Teeth are a sensitive subject. When you lose one as an adult, you feel a bit emasculated. Lose a handful, and you can develop a clinical depression.
And root canals are a torture which even the CIA would never inflict on Osama. My first one was without Novocaine at age 14. The elderly dentist didn't "believe in" Novocaine. I have had plenty since then.
Plus it costs big bucks to keep good teeth after 45, unless you are one of the lucky ones with genetically strong enamel.
My teeth are mediocre-to-poor. I have one implant so far, many crowns, and a number of failing crowns. My wisdom teeth were pulled years ago. I have some extractions and two more implants on the way, plus a bridge. Most of my teeth have fillings and miscellaneous repairs. My dentist blames it on cigars and bad tooth genes, and says I need a serious big-time periodontistry before he can do any more repairs and reconstruction.
I also lost a few front ones playing hockey in prep school. The brother of my then-girl friend stuck the end of his stick in my face, entirely by accident no doubt.
Whenever I am sent to a new person, eg a periodontist or an implantologist or an oral surgeon, before I open my mouth I always say "Promise you won't say 'Oh my God what a mess.'"
This stuff gets expensive. But even worse is that it is a depressing reminder of ones' aging and deterioration, a memento mori.
Entropy always wins. We pay and struggle, but we always lose the battle.
Maybe my experience was unique but what I found painful about the one root canal I had was everything BEFORE the root canal. The root canal itself relieved me of a spectacularly searing, relentless pain.
Gosh Mr Barrister,
When I hear anyone talk about tooth problems the way you do it makes me wonder who is quarterbacking the overall care of your dentition and more importantly if he is up to the task. You should not be breaking down the way you do except if you have other issues, such as excessive grinding, clenching, periodontal disease or a systemic condition that causes dry mouth. I would be honored to discuss with you any tooth questions you may have regarding your dental health and advise. I have been doing this for 28 years, spent about 2 of those years in CE, and became a dentist because of what youare going through. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions; it would be a small price to pay for the daily pleasure I get reading news from the farm!
Stephen M Lawrence DMD
How kind of you. One guy told me it looked like I had put a cherry bomb in my mouth and lit the fuse.
GOSH DOCTOR LAWRENCE, YOU'VE GOT TO BE ONE OF ABOUT A COUPLE OF HANDFULS OF DENTISTS WHO MIGHT REALLY CARE. I, MYSELF, HAVE AS MUCH REGARD FOR DMD'S AS I DO FOR MD'S, DO'S OR ANYONE ELSE WITH A STUDENT LOAN OR A BAD DIVORCE TO PAY OFF. I HAVE A BIT OF DENTAL INSURANCE, AND MY EXPERIANCE HAS BEEN THAT I'M A MONEY TREE, RIPE TO BE PICKED AND NOT MUCH ELSE. I MAY COME ACROSS AS HARSH OR CRASS, BUT I TELL YOU, THIS LEVEL OF CYNICISM DOES NOT EVOLVE IN ONE WEEKEND. I APPLAUD YOUR REGARD FOR MAGGIES FARM, I FEEL THE SAME WAY MYSELF.
I have much the same problems - I blame mine on cheap gin. Fortunately for me I am a freak of nature - my widest smile does not reveal my teeth. Can't be too bad though. I'd send you some pictures but I am a gentleman.
You have my sympathy Mr. B. I spit out part of a molar while eatting peanut butter toast last week. The crunchy kind. Just got the crown estimate. $1100. Yikes. Ah well, at least it does not hurt and it is fixable but I sure do hate going to the dentist. Nobody ever wants to see the "poor" guy. I am surprised he does not have a complex of some sort.
Also, ya gotta floss! And I get cleanings every six months now, for those deeper pockets. heh. I like my sonic toothbrush too. It runs for three minutes and I never would brush that long without it.
Hey guys! Stop with the I hate the dentist stuff...so do I! That is why I had my mouth restored correctly; when I was in DENTAL SCHOOL! Gold crowns, porcelain crowns, and now 28 years later they are still working. If a dentist is redoing the same thing often and does not explain why find another dentist. Or better yet, visit Pankey.org for a well trained and competent one near you. The most important thing is having the correct rapport with your Dr. Tom your level of cyncism is understandable with what it sounds like has happened to you. I know many "Dr's" who love to churn that insurance money; I wasn't raised that way and find it abhorrent. I am not well liked by my colleagues because when someone screws up I call them on it. I have testified against others in malpractice cases and will do it in the future if I get the call. Mistakes are made by all of us; it is how they are corrected that matters.
Stephen M Lawrence
Stephen M Lawrence DMD
Sorry Dr. Steve. I do not hate dentists. Mine is actually a real good guy whose work has served me well. I just hate going to the dentist. Don`t think I know anyone who likes it. I hope. haha. Reminds me of this youtube clip, posted here at Maggies awhile back. Yes Dr.
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