Monday, April 24, 2006

There'll be sad songs. . .

. . .to make you cry, love songs often do.

Thank you Billy Ocean.

Where else can you hear such songs while listening to your dental hygenist's stomach growl? I was also subjected to tooth polish splattering my face (coming dangerously close to my eyeball), drilled by questions about my upcoming move while ironically being drilled (not in that way gutterbrains) and told I need to get some fillings re-filled. What kind of scam is that? We tortured you once years ago but that didn't take. We need you to come in for a repeat torture session.

13 comments:

goldmoon said...

Lucky you!!! I just went for a routine exam that I assumed would be free through my insurance. Got out of the torture chair and was told I owed $160. WHOO HOO!

inky still pissed said...

yuk.i feel your pain.but glad it's you and not me :( .....hang in there.

Alison said...

Last time I saw the dentist, she offered goggles so that I wouldn't get stuff in my eyes! Times have changed -- this was my first visit to an American dentist in 14 years.

And about those fillings that need to be re-filled? Try to get a second opinion on that. A French dentist pulled that trick on me (and my ex, and his sister, and on many others). Not only was the filling just fine, but she soldered my molars together so that I couldn't floss. And although I had that fixed by another dentist, I had problems with it for years, until this last visit I mentioned at the beginning of the comment.

Fillings do wear out, but an amalgam should last at least 20 years, and can last up to a lifetime -- and them's the words of a dentist. :)

Lizzie said...

Oh man, I'm gonna have that song stuck in my head the other day. (And I don't know why but I suddenly feel the need to confess that I saw him in concert years ago... and that he was wearing some kind of sparkly suit (although I guess I can't be embarrassed about his choice of wardrobe... plus, it was the 80s)... wow, I really got off on a tangent... yeah, the dentist sucks.)

Krisco said...

That actually is a dental scam. Don't do it!

Find an older dentist and get a second opinion. Anyone who's gotten out of dental school in the last fifteen or twenty years suggests it, as a way to do more work "just in case", but technically there is no reason to have your fillings replaced.

(Yeah, we have dentists in the family...:)

Bill said...

I get the same thing from my dental hygienist - the growling stomach thing. I also don't bother showering before going in since I get the equivalent of one when ever their road crew start working on my teeth.

Nihilistic said...

Yikes! I've never had a filling! I hope I never have to!!!

JustRun said...

Strangely, that title made me start singing "Sad Songs Say So Much" by Elton John. And now it's stuck in my head.

Claire said...

I sympathize. I'm getting a couple fillings next week.

As for replacing old fillings...I had one replaced because there was decay around it which had to be addressed.

From what my various dentists have said: the old school metal fillings usually last 7-10 years (I have a few from my wayward elementary school days that are over 20 yrs old an apparently fine.) The newer ones that match the color of your teeth do not last as long.

Bre said...

Why dothey always ask you questions when they have their hands all in your mouth?

My dentist office is like a soap opera, My dentist had an affair with the Oral Hygenist, left his wife, married the O.H. and started a new practice with her! Nuts!

Mikey said...

I need to go to a torture session. I'm putting it off.

Gary said...

Next time maybe you should wear a helmet.

Kerry said...

That makes me cringe. I had 'deep' cleaning done a few months ago - where they go in UNDER the gums and clean. Makes me sweat just thinking about it.