Went to the Dentist today for the first time in years and years. Last time I went it was for a cleaning and the woman doing it just about killed me. The pain was terrible. The cleaning I got before that wasn't much better. <br><br>Well, I figure I better take care of my teeth and I was hoping they had made MAJOR advancements in the dental world. <br><br>So they told me I'd need a 'deep' cleaning. This didn't sound very fun to me, but I thought I had bite the bullet and go through it. You know it's got to be bad when the Dentist tells you they need to do it in two visits. <br><br>The dentist had give me two sets of number shots, because the first set didn't do anything. Heck the shots hurt like hell, so I knew the cleaning was going to be a white knuckler. I wasn't wrong. <br><br>It's hours later and I was drinking some iced water. A small sliver of ice got under the gum and I just spent the last few seconds wishing I had a big enough hammer to hit myself in the head to knock myself out. <br><br>I'm living on asprin. I'm going to bed hoping I can sleep through some of this. I have a whole new respect for The Marathon Man. <br><br><br>
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
Years ago, I used to go to a dentist that was in the building across from where I worked. I went in for regular cleanings, they replaced a couple of aging filings with minimal pain and I liked them a lot. When I left the job, it wasn't convenient for me to go there any longer so I switched to one closer to home. All of a sudden, I started hearing about the need for "deep cleanings", said in an ominous tone like my teeth were going to fall out if I didn't have it done (even though they never said exactly what a deep cleaning was). The costs of the cleanings started going up, I just about had to take a loan out to have a crown done and I started getting suspicious about whether they were more focused on the health of their bank account than my teeth. I finally switched to my wife's dentist and I've heard no more about deep cleanings. In fact, it's never even been mentioned at all. <br><br>I'm not saying you had unnecessary work done, but I've read that, thanks to fluoridated water cutting down on cavities, dentists are having a tougher time these days and are looking for other sources of revenue. <br><br>Now don't get me started on orthodontists. <br><br>
Somebody at work was telling me, more or less, the same thing. I honestly don't doubt they're trying to horn in on the cash cow the same as doctors are. But in my case, considering how long it's been since I've seen a dentist, I needed it. They did show me x-rays and explained the purpose, pros and cons, etc. <br><br>I was warned specificly to watch out for the dentist trying to sell me on antibiotic shots. That's supposed to be a big thing with them. This person told me that he spoke to another dentist about it and was told it's a scam. He went on to tell him that if he religiously used Listerine (can you believe it) it would do the same thing as the shots. <br><br>After about a month of doing that, his sore gum problem cleared up and he hasn't had any more problems.<br><br>
Loc: United States
I was hoping they had made MAJOR advancements in the dental world<br><br>I make that mistake every time I go, and it's basically the same damn torture tools from 10 years ago, only made of newer material...<br><br>Back in Black...
That's just it. It IS that bad. I must have really sensitive gums or something. Like I said, the woman shot me with a lot of novicaine and I was still feeling it. She shot me with more and there was still pain. <br><br>But back in the day, I'd go for a regular cleaning and even that was very painful. It's gut wrenching to put myself in that chair, knowing that what follows is going to bring tears to my eyes.<br><br>
Rats I am in your same shoe - I too have not seen a dentist in years and just needs some cleaning.<br><br>I guess I will go with the bottle of whiskey and a stick to bite on - Wait the stick wont work with a dentist, I am doomed <br><br>
Carp m'lad, I feel for you. As a matter of fact, when I got home last night there was a message on my answering machine from the dentist. They had a cancellation and wanted to know if I was interested in coming in today for the second half of my deep cleaning. <br><br>I gaped at the machine and actually said out loud, 'Are you nuts?' I'm still hurting and they want to dig in to me again? As you have guessed. I didn't take the appointment.<br><br>But I've decided to never endure that kind of pain again, so when I was at the grocery store yesterday I picked up<br><br>and <br><br><br>By the way, on the Listerine bottle, it says it kills germs. They can drop the word 'germs'. That stuff kills. A few seconds of that stuff in your mouth and you'd think tabasco is a cake walk.<br><br>
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