Monday, August 20, 2007

This Will Hurt A Bit


These teeth belong here

Dear Friends, tomorrow morning I'm off to the dentist for the first of two sessions to crown a molar that fell victim to grim British dental care.

It is good to be back in a land of tip-top dentistry, but I can already feel the needle in my gum...

Therapy? - Teethgrinder (buy here or e-here)

13 comments:

Just a Girl said...

Oh the needles!

*shudder*

Just find your happy place and, if you are lucky, watch the TV on the ceiling.

mjrc said...

i like to try to make words out of the writing on the light that they position right over your face. : )

good luck.

why do people say good luck when they talk about medical procedures? for your sake, i hope to god luck has nothing to do with it!

Natsthename said...

I spent an hour getting a filling replaced yesterday, so my heart goes out to you. That whole process with the crowns is NOT FUN. (had one done 10 years ago.)

Think relaxing thoughts!

Crash Calloway said...

Bollocks to all that. Just scream and beg.

Mentok said...

Well of course in my day we had it tough...

My dad was an old country dentist who didn't believe in all this modern "anesthetic" nonsense.

If a paying patient asked for it, of course he'd provide it, but he wasn't about to allow his kids to be such suckers.

So every filling I had done growing up was done sans painkillers. True story.

Of course, these days they literally have anesthetic for anesthetic. They typically give you a topical anesthetic so you don't feel the big needle.

But sometimes they only give that to you when you ask, so be sure to ask.

And, yes, as crash suggests, by all means scream and beg. They increase the dose depending on what they believe your pain tolerance to be.

mjrc said...

crash--you're alive! we've all been worried because your blog has vanished. well, toad and i have been worried. but anyway, it's good hear from you.

Juan said...

I like nitrous oxide, enough so when I sit there and the lights are on me at the dentist it's like I am opening for ELO with all the Dry Ice around me...

Crash Calloway said...

Blogger decided it was a spamblog and took it away from me. They tell me they're looking into it.

mjrc said...

yikes, i heard about that happening to someone else. i hope it all works out and they give it back to you asap. my fingers are crossed. : )

Matthew said...

Crash, fucking kill them. They've done that to a few folk already, the muppets. Probably down to the number of links posted I should imagine. Fuckers.

And FiL I have just been quoted the hilarious total of £500 for a bit of a polish and couple of fillings - the grasping sods.

Do you get FiLlings?

t&f@tlh said...

FiL,

Hope you had a good time in the land of better teeth!

Big Kiss

T

cchang said...

Ouch.
I've had a cracked tooth that then got infected once which led to an emergency root canal, so I can feel your pain. I'm real sensitive about tooth issues...so yeah..Those impacted wisdom teeth in the x-ray make my face hurt!

FiL said...

Dearest JaG: Actually, even though they had to drill out my right back molar, it really, truly only hurt a little bit. I mean, no more than getting bitten by a mosquito. No TV, but I did wear funky glasses...

Dearest Marcy: I looked for the letters, but none were to be found. As for luck, well, there's always a bit of luck mixed in with what I hope is buckets of skill. "Oops, I didn't mean to trip and drill through the roof of your mouth..."

Dearest Nats: I really must return all this lovely sympathy - my miniscule pain levels don't deserve it...

Dearest Crash: I had no call to - they gave me everything I wanted. Including a lovely assistant to suck out my pooling saliva. she even expertly fixed me up at no extra cost with a dental dam for which Madame Dominatrice de la Fouette would have charged me dearly. Sigh. On another note, you need us to start petitioning Blogger?

Dearest Mentok: I now feel I understand that which makes you up a wee bit better. As for the pain relief, they fell over themselves to give me what they thought I needed. Once The Dentist started drilling, I must have winced a wee bit because he stopped immediately and asked if that hurt. I told him it didn't hurt per se, but that I had felt it a tiny bit and he promptly stuck another dose of anaesthetic into my gum, despite my protests that it really wasn't necessary.

Dearest Juan: I only had that once when they extracted my wisdom teeth. It was bliss - during the procedure I visited distant galaxies in my sleek flying saucer. Afterwards I was high on codeine for several days. Simply marvellous.

Dearest Matthew: The Dentist, Delicious Assistant and I joked that they could throw in some gold grilles for free. Maybe a Playboy bunny on each incisor. We then collectively agreed that I'd need to change my name to Flava FiL.

Dearest Tim: Indeed, as you can see from the above, it was actually loadsa fun!

Dearest Cindy: Ouch, root canal. Now we're talking pain. As for wisdom teeth, well, as I mentioned, my experience was largely positive. Come to think of it, it was only in England that dentistry filled me with fear and trepidation...