Today found me at the dentist's office, ready to get a dowel put in on the tooth where I had my second root canal. They were also going to take care of a cavity in the front of that tooth since I'd be numb - usually about 20 minutes for both.
However, that cavity turned into - surprise! - another root canal, one where my dentist was impressed that I hadn't been in pain. (It was major deja vu). I had a long discussion with him and we've come to the conclusion that all these problems with my teeth are a combination of crappy genes (no really), and crappy dentistry before I started seeing him. He pointed out things that could have been prevented if they had been done differently and after the experience I had with my previous dentist I feel vindicated that my dislike of him wasn't just in my head.
Anyway, I figure I have to be able to laugh about this because otherwise I'm just going to lose it. So similar to my post about what I've learned from the Lions, I thought I would write a tongue in cheek (pun definitely intended), post about what my teeth have taught me.
*Teeth are more expensive than Kate Spade purses. Or Louis Vuitton bags. Or Coach, or...you get the picture. My dental insurance is awesome but I have definitely maxed out my cap so this root canal (and the following dowels - since we never did get to that first one today), will be coming out of my pocket. All I want for Christmas is...all of my teeth.
*Tuning out the sound of a drill is a skill to possess. Seriously. Who else can claim they do this?
*The laser used to help get rid of decay sounds like gunfire. Which makes me feel like a badass. It's like an action movie in my mouth.
*You can care for something and it will still screw you over. I floss, I have a water pick, a sonic care toothbrush, and use fluoride. I can't do much else to help my teeth stay healthy. (I could however open up a black market cleaning service. Hmm).
*Take pride in what makes you unique. For me that means the fact that the canals in this tooth were so tiny when we were done the dentist said he should send in the x-ray scan to a magazine. The caption could read, "this chick makes you earn your paycheck."
*You have to be able to joke with your doctor. Or at least, I have to. When the dentist finished today he said, "okay, see you next time," and I replied, "yeah man, you're my new best friend." Except I was super numb when I said it so it came out more like "yeah man, hour my ew bef fren." We both laughed.
When was your last trip to the dentist? Have your teeth taught you any lessons?
Happy almost Friday!