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Friday, July 17, 2009

The Subject Is Teeth


My granddaughter had all her wisdom teeth removed yesterday. All my family had it done the sensible way excep me. I had to do them one dreaded dentist visit at a time. Her removal reminded me of when I had the first one done. The dentist started and was having a hard time removing it. He said excuse me and left the room. I've always wondered why he did that. Did he go look up in a book how to remove a difficult tooth? Did he call a more experienced dentist to ask questions or did he simply have to go pee? When he came back into the room he said we're going to have to remove this tooth in pieces. He indicated with his finger how the root was a flat round root and that was keeping the tooth from coming out easily. When he finished he told me not to come back alone when I had another removed. When I got home his receptionest/ aide called to see if I arrived home okay. Years later when Mel died she had retired but saw the obit in the paper and called me to offer her sympathy. I thought that was above and beyond the call of duty. You don't find people who take their job that seriously very often now days.

16 comments:

Gerry said...

This story reminds me of when my daughter had 4 teeth removed at once when she was about 9 because they were too crowded and the dentist said we will give her laughing gas and she won't feel a thing. Why then did she cry very loudly the whole extraction time? He had no explanation but my daughter claimed she did not remember and didn't feel a thing!! Gerry

Martha said...

There aren't many people who take their job that seriously - but then again, that really isn't part of their job, it's just that good old human compassion that's become almost nonexistent these days ::sigh::

PS - I bet he did leave to look it up or call someone to find out what to do! Don't feel bad though I over heard my surgeon joking about my surgery last year with the adrenal glad tumor with another doctor telling him he just watched a surgical video to figure out how to do it!!

jack69 said...

He called Tom across town and said, What the heck am I gonna do this woman has the strongest WISDOM I have come in contact with. hahahaha!
A Navy dentist mad the mistake of tellingme to make an appointment to have my wisdom teeth 'CUT OUT'. Wrong words! I never went back. Still got them but they did crowd my fron teeth. Should have done it. I just did ot like the words 'Cut them out'. Ha!
That was nice of the lady to express her condolances. Not too many folks that dedicated anymore.
We will be away from civilization for a few days, maybe a week. gotta get back packing.
Jack & Sherry

Sheila said...

My oldest daughter had all 4 impacted wisdom teeth cut out the end of last year, so I feel for your grandaughter. But I was like you, I had 3 of mine pulled out one appointment at a time. I still have one. My brother (from the pic on my blog) lives in San Antonio. Same area where we lived. Tell him Hi if you see him...Sheila

jack69 said...

I keep coming back, thinking you have posted a new picture of the NEW paula!!!
Sherry & Jack

garnett109 said...

sheeze Paula I hoped he washed his hands?

Kay said...

I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was about 15 (about 44 years ago). I had to go in twice. My teeth had not come through yet so they had to put me under to surgically remove them. I remember the pain after both surgeries was unbarable and I could not eat solid foods for about a week. My face was all swollen and I think I cried a lot.

Kay

Lynne said...

Best that he do it the right way! What a nice gesture on his part, for him to think enough of you to call on you and make sure you got home and then after Mel passed. Very kind

Fernan said...

A touching story with bite.
Kind-a reminds......

Lucy said...

If that pic is your grandaughter she is one beautiful girl. I have had no teeth of my own for years, and I am not ashamed to say that. My family was very poor when I was small and dental visits never happened unless the family was kept awake by constant screams of agony. I was 37 when my 2nd husband died,not to many teeth left so now with a little money left from Lee's death. Dentist would only pull 2 at a time because He felt the trauma had left me with a weakend imune system. I wound up with the best set of dentures I have ever had. Had to go to budget dentist finally and got a cheap set but they look good enough and function well also. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do,

Jimmy's Journal said...

My wisdom teeth were extracted by a dentist that I'm sure was an ex-Nazi. He did the same thing to me....stopped in the middle of the deal and left the room.

To this day, I think he went outside, had a scotch and a cigarette, then summoned up enough courage to finish me off.

Jimmy

Celeste said...

Ouch.

Shirl 72 said...

I make my trips to the Dentist but not my favorite thing to do. My old one has retired and I and hesitating going to a new one.

Shirl

Missie said...

No one touches my teeth without putting me to sleep! LOL

Have a good week.

Kelly said...

Seems most folks don't have room for those wisdom teeth when they come in so they have to have them removed. I had mine removed when they started coming in on the top. They would have pushed my molars in the back right out. Sounds like you had a time with yours getting them removed!

Jennifer said...

I had all of mine pulled at the same time. The only thing that hurt was the first shot around each one. After that I didn't feel a thing.
My husband, on the other hand had to have his cut out.
That is peculiar about your dentist leaving the room. I think I would've had to have asked him about it. I bet it was to look it up or to pee! LOL.