Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Bad Teeth

I'm off to the dentist tomorrow for some fillings - ARGH! It's not as bad as the poor individual above and I've had a clear run for several years but last weeks check up didn't go well. I've been doing all the right things like brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash but now I have a broken molar from a previously filled tooth and another two teeth have cavities. I'm not a happy camper.

I am terrified of dentists since I was kid, when a bad butcher of a dentist in Dublin touched the nerve of a tooth while doing a filling and he didn't give me enough pain killer. Give me general anesthetic anyday. In fact the more drugs the better as far as I'm concerned. How the hell did they do this in the ol' days?!!

I have a reasonably high tolerance to pain, but I think the dentist realised the error of his ways when I screamed the most damn awful obscenities at him and his young attractive assistant. She turned quite white and had to excuse herself to go to the loo. I was in agony for 2 days and every time I swallowed it created suction on the tooth and nerve and a jolt of pain shot thru my body.

I had another nightmare experience as an adult, when a wisdom tooth was being extracted by pliars (barbaric as it sounds - it felt worse!) and the tooth broke. It took two dentists an hour to pull what remained of the tooth including the broken pieces out.

Wish me luck!!

Tags: Denist, Dentist Buenos aires, Root Canal, fillings, pain, bad teeth, bad dentist experience, recommended,advice


Anonymous,  July 24, 2008 1:28 am  

Just take a firm grip of his balls. He doesn't hurt you - you don't hurt him.

Thriftcriminal July 24, 2008 4:08 am  

Yeah, best of luck. I don't have wisdom teeth. Genetically. In fact I'm missing a couple of molars too, so the only filling I have these days is in a milk tooth (yep, I still have 2 of them)

roy July 24, 2008 10:47 am  

I hate Dentists, kill him, I've inserted a subliminal message into this comment ......I hope you "see" it

Quickroute July 24, 2008 11:52 am  

@Primal: Nice idea but one small problem - The dentist is a she - any more bright ideas?

Thriftcriminal: that's downright weird - are you sure you're of this earth?

Actually I had a root canal done once and the tooth had five roots. The dentist said it was the first time he'd seen that.

@Roy: Everytime I blink I see flashes of me throttling a dentist! - How did you do that? Is it some fancy HTML trick?

Megan July 24, 2008 12:14 pm  

Does anyone actually like the dentist?

I haven't been for so long. It's going to be bad when I finally do go. Thanks so much for remining me! :)

Best of luck.

Xbox4NappyRash July 24, 2008 1:40 pm  

I also am missing wisdom teeth, 2.

And...until 3 weeks ago, I had a milk tooth.

Which, is a bugger to lose at 30, trust me.

The Irishman in me hates the dentist, but I secretly love going and coming back all smiley (& bloody).

Thriftcriminal July 24, 2008 2:12 pm  

@xbox: Ha, a partner in crime. I believe painkilling injections are an optional extra in the land of nether nether?

Is it safe?

Xbox4NappyRash July 24, 2008 2:14 pm  

@Thriftcriminal - everything you've heard is true, the dentists here are butchers.

I also have an oral hygenist now who I'm pretty sure is trying to kill me.

Quickroute July 24, 2008 2:40 pm  

@ Megan: My missus actually likes the sound of the drill - go figure!

@ Xbox and @ Thriftcriminal: I had no idea this adult milk tooth thing was so common. Strange indeed!

Xbox4NappyRash July 24, 2008 3:03 pm  

A possibly interesting fact that the orthodontist told me before he welded metal to my upper row, was that 50% of 25 years olds still have milk teeth, by 35 that is down to 25%, but still more than I imagined.

Nick July 24, 2008 3:35 pm  

Fortunately my teeth are pretty solid so I have little to fear from the dentist - the odd small filling occasionally and that's it. And I only have 26 teeth to worry about anyway (the other six were removed when I was a kid because of small jaws). I think the trick is to find a dentist who's really competent and who you trust completely. Not an easy task.

English Mum July 24, 2008 3:35 pm  

Jaysus, Pad, where did you get that photo from? I nearly choked on my toastie!

Good luck tomorrow x

Quickroute July 24, 2008 4:05 pm  

@ Xbox: Those are high percentages for sure. Very high.

@ Nick: Everytime I find a good dentist I end up moving and have to start all over.

@ English Mum: Thanks - It's pretty gross all right. I did for shock value :-)

Thriftcriminal July 24, 2008 4:38 pm  

Well, I'm 36 and bucking the trend.

Xbox4NappyRash July 24, 2008 4:40 pm  

so there's a 5 year old somewhere toothless, thanks to your screwing with the averages...

Quickroute July 24, 2008 4:52 pm  

I'm just picturing a 5 year old with false teeth and it ain't pretty.

You've just reminded me of my old English teacher Father Crowley who would task the person with lowest spelling test score with taking his false teeth for a good ol' wash n' rinse.

We were all practically spelling Bee prodigies after a year!

Stevo July 24, 2008 7:11 pm  

Is that a photo of Shane MacGowan from The Pogues?

I fear having to go to the dentist in China. I hope it never happens. I'll raise a glass to you tonight, and wish luck and a speedy recovery.

Jenny July 24, 2008 10:26 pm  

Oh dear, that photo caught me off guard!

Quickroute July 24, 2008 10:59 pm  

@ Stevo: It does look a bit like him but I think his are worse! Thanks for the best wishes!

@ Jenny: I reckon I should put a PG rating on it.

problemchildbride July 25, 2008 1:44 am  

Christ! Is that moss on the fellow's teeth?

Sleep dentistry - next time I have to go, which i think was 6 months ago, I am going to seriously look into that. I bet they know how to charge for it but I reckon it would be worth it.

Best of luck, QuickRoute. You have every ounce of my sympathy.

Caro July 25, 2008 4:50 am  

The Italian has just had a whole series of fillings done (years of refusing to go to the dentist) and he hasn't had a SINGLE anaesthetic. It's optional here too.

My teeth hurt just thinking about it.

Queen Goob July 25, 2008 9:11 am  

That is the NASTIEST f-in' picture!!!!

I don't mind the dentist as much as I hate the gynecologist. Really, could the guy dim the lights, light a couple candles and pour me a glass of wine before he dives head first into my nether region?

Anonymous,  July 25, 2008 9:44 am  

Did you survive? Over here they often don't bother with any anesthetic and will often grudingly ask if you reaaly want it. Hell yeah I always say :-)

Quickroute July 25, 2008 10:04 am  

@ Problemchildbride: Moss? I think its a potato field - Thanks and yeah getting knocked out is the only way to go.

@ Caro: "optional" as in a) do you want it to hurt like hell or b)numb your face for 3 hours.

'b' every time!

@ Queen Goob: lol - good point - perhaps the dentist isn't so bad after all

@ Conortje: I was a complete coward - I was given the option of a filling or a cleaning on this visit so went with the cleaning - back in two weeks for a filling - argh!

Kirk M July 25, 2008 8:25 pm  

Well that's (the image) about the nastiest thing I've seen since my time in the submarine force. But we won't talk abut that right now.

So all is well? She left your jaw intact? Didn't attempt to pull your brain out through a hole in your tooth? Of course the most important question here she god looking? (or did I miss that part?) I figure if I have to go to the dentist, then the dentist at least ought to be female and gorgeous.

Quickroute July 26, 2008 1:04 am  

@ Kirk M: Submarines - dive - dive dive - say no more!
I played the wuss card and postponed the inevitable for a few weeks so have it all to look forward to - again! - she's easy on the eyes that woman dentist - nuff said!

Baino July 26, 2008 7:31 pm  

Don't know how I missed this one. You're so chicken! My dentist "Painless Pete" is a champ, which is good as my 40 year old amalgams seem to crumble every time I bite into a Vitawheat - and our cigarette packs have pictures like that on them to deter smokers!

Quickroute July 26, 2008 7:47 pm  

@ Baino: I wish I knew more Painles Petes but I usually get Buthcher Bob

roy July 27, 2008 12:30 am  

No.... it wasn't html, I wrote kill him..... maybe I should have written subtle instead of subliminal?

Clare & Jem's Excellent Adventures July 27, 2008 5:27 pm  

I had a similar experience where apparently I'm one of 5% who have a split nerve meaning my teeth won't go numb! Needless to say I'm terrified of the dentist. Apparently its the occupation with the highest suicide rate... Understandable, everyone hates em!

Quickroute July 27, 2008 10:01 pm  

@ Roy: I was just yankin' yer chain!

@ Clare: That's unfortunate - I couldn't deal with not being novocained to the hilt b.t.w. Thanks for stopping by

Billigflug Kanada July 29, 2008 12:29 pm  

puh! This picture just looks disgusting! Maybe this happens, when you don´t go to the dentist of your confidence:)

Quickroute July 30, 2008 6:41 pm  

@ Billigflug: No more candy 'floss' for you then!

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