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Once Upon a Time...

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{Photography.9.116}: TJ {tj2} Sun, 18 Dec 2011 17:23:23 CST (39 lines)

OOH! OOH! I have dentist stories!

When I went in the Air Force, one of the first things I had to do was
have a dental exam. My teeth had always been good, so I wasn't
worried. I was 21 years old, and I had four little minor cavities, one
on each of the four main chompers. No sweat.

About two years later the X-rays on my yearly exam showed something,
and the dentist decided that I needed a root canal. He was a young
guy, probably a Capt. or something. (I think that doctors came in at a
higher rank than your average napalm bomber pilot.)

He drilled, he dug, he worked very hard. He told me I had to come
back. Same thing the next time. Very difficult case, I guess, two
visits for one root canal, and you can't get it all.

On my third visit for the same operation, we were interrupted by some
visitors who came to see him. They stood in the doorway for a while
and exchanged pleasantries, and then he brought the older gentleman in
civvies over and introduced him as his father, a dentist in Houston.
He then pulled my X-rays off the wall and was discussing them with
dad.

Now, all this time I am in the chair with my my mouth propped open
and wishing I was at the Airman's Club drinking beer.

Finally, as he's beaming with pride he says to dad: "How would you
have done this?"

Dad says: "I'd have pulled it."

After dad is gone he tells me he saved the tooth and pulling it would
have been a mistake, since my young jaw would have reacted adversely
to the gap. Then he says that would have cost me maybe $1,000 as a
civilian.

30 years later I had another root canal. It took ½ hour, and I had
insurance. We don't remember what my cost was, but I'm thinking less
than $200.

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