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!