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I am a bit suspicious about the dentist's attitude toward wisdom teeth. Almost everyone I know who has had their wisdom teeth removed, has been told "we have to take all four". Why? I have to wonder if the dentists get a commission on wisdom teeth! They got one of mine - that's it.
When I look at my daughter's teeth, (or her husband's teeth if the whiteness doesn't blind me), they have great teeth. White. Straight. Conversely, my Dad's teeth were a mess, with mine somewhere between the two. It seems like the younger generation is blessed with nice teeth, or better fluoride or better care.
Ok, and here's the deal. The crown on my 37 tooth (bottom molar) busted at the base. There's no tooth to re-attach the crown so it can be extracted, or put in an expensive post to rebuild the tooth. But my regular dentist suggests it be pulled by a specialist. (My wisdom tooth behind it is also gone, thanks.)
So with much anxiety, I went to the appointment Friday. The specialist dentist didn't even look at the xray and determined in less than five seconds, "That's easy - I can do that". But you'll burn out the tooth on the opposite side twice as fast. We should do a post." I'm getting ready for the anesthetic. Uh huh.
More anxiety. Panic. Oh, I mentioned in a previous blog I'm on 50% of my depression meds, right? Ok. To be honest, the moment was overwhelming.
I thought what would my Dad do? Easy answer. He'd say, "If it's not bothering you, leave it". So, with dread and anxiety I said "thanks anyway" and left. Ya - I got up and went home.
I still have my busted 37 tooth. And it's not bothering me. Thanks Dad.