|Modern and Old timme Denistry (standard:other, 799 words)|
|Author: Everet||Added: Feb 14 2009||Views/Reads: 1409/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|An Experience with dentistry over the years|
Modern and old time Dentistry Slambang February 13, 2009 Wow! going to the dentist has never been one of my favorite pastimes, but I remember how things used to be as compared to the way they are now. Back in the thirties and forties you never needed an appointment. And to get a filling or a tooth pulled (now known as an extraction and cost about a buck and a half) Why I remember one night I was going to a night class and suddenly got a tooth ache . This was about nine o'clock at night and I went to the dentist office, and walked in and sat in the chair. He looked and said this tooth (a jaw tooth or now a molar)I s cracked and starting to get infected. It will have to come out. All I knew was it was starting to give me fits. He said it was broken in two and that he could not give me an anesthetic he would have to pull it without pain killer as an anesthetic would spread the infection. This scared the bejabbers out of me because I had never had a tooth pulled before.( except baby teeth that I had wiggled around and pulled with a string attached to it and also a door knob.) (at least he didn't say “this will hurt me as much as it hurts you “as my Dad used to say when I had done something forbidden and then he whaled the tar out of me.) Actually I didn't believe it hurt him at all, but I never told him that. I would run around in circles.( I had to because he was holding my one hand and I was trying to run) and he would be whaling away. I would be screaming bloody murder trying to get him to feel sorry for me and stop. (It never worked) Oops, I strayed Anyway back to the dentist He laid me back in that chair and said “get a good hold on the arm of that chair son” and then he pulled out the biggest pair of pliers I had ever seen. Shucks they looked so big to me ,I did not believe he could even fit them into my mouth. Well he did and he grabbed that tooth and wiggled it and it hurt so bad I almost wet my pants right there in the chair and it seemed to take forever, but finally he got it out held it up for me to see the bloody thing and then said ,“I got half of it”. I started to say how come you only got half of it what kind of a dentist are you anyway. But fear overtook my ability to speak. I was glad I didn't because he then said,” now I can give you a pain killer as it will not spread the infection with half of the tooth gone. So he gave me a shot and that wasn't much less painful that pulling the tooth. Any way that was the old days nowadays you go to the dentist, you have to have an appointment made sometimes a week or so in advance. And the buck-fifty you used to pay is now $275.00. Of course they have coffee in the waiting room for you to calm your nerves and when you get in the chair the have TV for you to watch. And instead of having to spit in a basin they have a vacuum attached to a little siphon that they suck out the saliva, and most of them have attractive young ladies with nice smiles as aides. And modern dentistry has come such a long way they can pull a tooth and put another in its place and they can drill a hole in your jaw and stick a peg in there to hold a tooth they will put in later. Soon no one will have to go without their teeth, that is if they have the “spondulics” to pay the price. I am speaking from experience now. And for those who are missing several teeth and have to wear dentures they can put in some pegs to hold the dentures in so that you never have to worry about them popping out at some inopportune time and you can have sparkling white teeth too. I suppose if you wanted pictures on your teeth you could have that, but that is mere supposition on my part. Anyway to make a short story long, I intend to see if these things really work because I have an appointment next month to ascertain if I can have take advantage of this new (to me) technology and have a tooth implanted. (I hope it doesn't hurt too much.) Slambang Tweet
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