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My trip to the dentist

E is a nice guy. He knows my husband, which helps. I got there a tad early, but that gave me time to fill out forms, which is what I figured I'd have to do. And he could do our insurance, so yay.

HIs first comment as I open my mouth in the chair? "Lots of schmutz there."

Which is true. See, I haven't been to a dentist in about three years now. And my brushing...um. Well, I'm better at it now. I've been brushing twice a day for *months* now. Really.

Right away, there were differences. He had a vcr and tapes - if I'd wanted I could have watched "Finding Nemo." And he had a selection of music and Torah tapes, too. And I didn't feel odd keeping my hat on. And then he took xrays. Only, he didn't use film. He used a digital device that processed the pictures right away and didn't cut into my mouth and wow.

So, I had a cavity. I had two. In one tooth. That had already been filled.

He used "painless" anesthetic that used small needle and didn't hurt and lasted just about enough time. And then he cleaned my lower teeth so now I have all this space between them. And I was out in about an hour, with a new toothbrush and toothpaste (to save for Passover) and a request to call him after Pesach for more work and a full cleaning.

The tooth hurts a bit, but I took advil and it's not *throbbing*. This tells me I probably won't need a root canal. Yay!


did he use the white stuff or the silver stuff? To fill?

I went to the dentist today too. Two hours. I was not happy. My dentist didn't do any of that cool stuff. I have existing fillings that are porcelain, and he said "Oh, we do amalgam, because they don't cause sensitivity issues". I've had porcelain fillings for five years. No sensitivity issues ever. At all. So I want to smack him. Not filled yet, at the end of next month, so I have time to do research and figure out how to insist. If not, I *will* wait until I am married and on Mark's insurance. I *will*.

(I hadn't been in two years, and my teeth were schmultzy. It's okay. I feel your pain.)