Mi ton ish mun...
My tongue is numb....
Along with half my face, for I was trapped in the Dentist's chair today because of a broken tooth.
I was terrified he was going to pull it.
"Is he going to pull it?" I nervously queried the tech while she swabbed the inside of my mouth with topical freezing.
"Nope. We can save it."
"Are you SURE he's not going to pull it?"
"Don't worry, we would tell you if we were going to do that." I couldn't be certain, but I think I noted a slight smirk under that paper mask.
After the freezing needle, application of that damn mouth dam and metal brackets clamped onto my jaw, the drilling began.
Then after what seemed like too soon, everything stopped.
The Dentist mumbled something incoherant (on purpose, I am positive) and the assistant left to retrieve some X-rays.
When she returned, he asked her to "prepare the dressing".
Now I know he's not American, so I was sure he wasn't asking for celery, onions and breadcrumbs at this point.
Then he left, X-rays in hand.
As she dug into the drawers, pulling all kinds of paraphernalia out of my line of view (on purpose again, I was sure) I began to ponder the term "dressing".
Hmmm. Since I work at a hospital, I couldn't help but picture large slabs of cotton batting...
Holy Crap! He WAS going to pull it! Visions of packing a blood soaked mouth raced through my head.
"Af he gon pwul ma toof?" I tried to ask the assistant through the stupid rubber dam.
"Hmmm? Oh, no, I told you we weren't!" I think she smiled behind the mask, but I still wasn't convinced.....
"Aw u schwere?"
"Yes, I am sure. Don't worry, this isn't bad at all. As a matter of fact, he is also doing an emergency case in the next room at the same time as you that is much worse."
Ah! Thank the Gods it was HER they were talking about!
I relaxed. A teenie bit.
After working on the other lady for awhile, the Dentist returned to my mouth and with the implant of a screw, white epoxy and a weird thing that looked like a blue light hair dryer to set it, my tooth was rebuilt.
Hallelujah! The tooth was saved!
Well.... at least MINE was... I'm not so sure about that other patient though.
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