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Outliving My Teeth

April 15, 2013

I had an experience recently, which was an eye-opener.  Or I should say mouth-opener because it concerned a visit to the dentist.

While dental visits are not on my list of top ten earthly delights, it was the only way I could think of to get a chronically loose crown reaffixed.   All I had at my disposal was Elmer’s Glue, which is for external use only.  And I make it a policy never to tamper with warning labels.

“Well,” Dr. Painless said, “I don’t know how long we can keep doing this.  You really ought to consider an implant. Or two.  He said this as casually as if he was suggesting I purchase a scoop of ice cream, or two, and not something that was going to require root canal.  “And by the way,” he added, “when was the last time you had a full set of X-rays?”

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