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Father's Day and Something Else

June 18, 2017

Well, it's Father's Day 2017.  Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there.  My dad is long gone so I will spend the day with my children; both batches.  Although it is 9:20 in the morning, I am typing and one entire batch of children is still asleep.


I might get to talk about yarn in a minute, but because it is Father's Day, I am going to pick another topic to start with.  I have picked a topic that is on all of our minds........Dentistry!
I don't like dentists.  I'm not talking about dentists as persons, I don't like dentist as a choice of professions.  I blame my mother for this opinion.


My mother started every one of my summer vacations with a trip to the dentist.  Wait, it gets worse.   I had to ride my bike to the dentist.  Now, I realize the dentist lived in the neighborhood and his office was only a few blocks away, but kids don't want to ride their bike to something as unpleasant as a trip to the dentist and I was no exception.


Thinking only in the short term, no good ever came from those bike trips.  Long term, well, that's debatable.  Hairy hands, (that's how I remember them) sticking in your mouth, shots in your gums, (which didn't deaden anything, now I wonder if there was any numbing medication in those injections) Having some hairy-handed clown yelling, "Open your mouth' keep it open!" 


OK, that enough about that.  In 2006, I broke a tooth while working in Arizona.  The tooth broke where a cavity was filled in my youth.  I'm telling this story, so I am going to say, Dr. Hairy-Hands, must have weakened the tooth.  After getting  back to Colorado, I had a local dentist repair the tooth.

 
I decided to try a new dentist and found one that advertised really well.  I liked him, shaved hands, no yelling, numbing medication that actually worked.  Two thousand dollars later, I had a beautiful gold molar.  Did I mention it came with a root canal?  Well, we can talk about that later.


Last March I developed tooth pain, around my beautiful gold molar.  Sometime between 2006 and last March, I had parted ways with the creator of my beautiful gold molar.  I just can't get comfortable with these guys.


I found another dentist with the advise of a friend.  Unfortunately for me, I was assigned to the referred dentist's partner.  One hundred dollars of x-rays revealed infection around my beautiful gold molar.  The dentist wrote a prescription for antibiotics and said, "The antibiotics should clear up the discomfort you are having.  You have a small chip in the tooth above your crown that I can fix for $400.  Someday we might need to "retreat" your beautiful gold crown."


Last week, the pain came back.  Back to Dr. $400 Chip.  "For $100, I can x-ray the tooth again."  I said, "All that for $100, let's do it."  The x-rays again showed an infection around my beautiful gold molar.  Dr. $400 Chip gave me another prescription and another piece of paper with some advice.  He said, "take a look at this paper, pick a specialist, I can't help you."


One of the names on the referral list was the same name as a singer from a sixties rock band, I picked him.  (I did read his reviews on the internet)  I made an appointment.


Things were looking up.  Dr Sixties would see me the same day.  X-rays were only $95.  Sitting in the dentist chair (after the x-rays were taken) I was told I would would be seen by Dr. Sixties partner.  Oh boy, here we go again.  I had researched Dr. Sixties and no one else.


My wait for the dentist was soon over.  I couldn't have been more surprised.  The the endodontist walked in; SHE said, "Has anyone ever told you, you have a dental instrument stuck in your tooth?"


Even at this age I can process thing pretty quickly, but I was stunned.  Here was a young lady, half my age, half my size, (Hey, I lost some weight, I don't know if its the gym, or it hurts too bad to eat.  Oh sorry, must have been a squirrel) standing in front of me telling me I have a drill bit in my tooth.


My reply?  "I think I would remember that!"  That's when she said ,"don't worry, we have options, I can fix this."  For the first time in my life I trusted someone in the dentistry field.
She gave me three options.


Option #1   Drill through my beautiful gold crown.  Hook drill bit and bring it back out the top.  Redo root canal.  (50% percent success rate, $1500)


Option #2  Expose tooth root by cutting and folding back gums.  Cut bottom of root off and pull drill bit out the bottom.  Put gums back in place, sort of.  ($1500-$1800)


Option #3  Pull tooth replace with implant.  Not done by this dentist.  ($3000-$5000)


I have picked Option 2.

 

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Ivy's Learn-a-Long starts June 29th.  I don't get to attend.  That should surprise no one.  Check out the our Facebook page or website for details.  

 

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Hey,the second batch of kids are awake!


If you need to know who Dr. $400 Chip and Dr. Beautiful Gold are; call me.  They are still in the area.  Don't feel sorry for me, I needed a subject to write about.  It's just part of..........


Our crazy lives!


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