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duballstarSILVER Member
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2,216 posts
Location: Suburbiton, Yoo-Kay, United Kingdom


Posted:
as a child i remember the dentists as being quite fun. first of all you could play with the various bead on stick style toys in the waiting room and then the nice old lady would look in my mouth and occasionally brush it with a funny electric thing that felt all tingly and tasted nice. at the end you'd go home with a sticker saying things like 'must brush harder' and anyone who gives you free stickers can't be that bad can they? ubbangel

then the stickers stop. you get introduced to the sicofant that is the orthodontist with his metal oral torture which keeps getting tighter and tighter and has to stay in for longer and longer. (when i first went he said it'd be only a year. try about 6 more like it as he milks your NHS piggy bank!) if you're really unlucky they start yanking your teeth out...

i still didn't mind going to the dentist though. recently however, i've learnt to afford him (new guy that rplaced the sweet old lady) the fear that he deserves. last year i was introduced to new levels of dental pain. frown

let me explain what this was. firstly my gums had become swollen (ok i admit i wasn't brushing very often). the answer to this was to cut them away with a scalpel, but before this could be acheived i first needed many many injections with a foot long anesthetic needle which ironically enough hurt so much it made my eyes water. ubbcrying even this only numbs your mouth as you feel the scalpel work around your teeth (which can still feel). then after much suction of blood, they cover your mouth with putty which stays there for a week like some kind of permanent deformed gumsheild.

ok. fair enough i thought, i'll only have to go through this once... wrong i went back to see my dentist earlier this week and this morning i've just had the same thing done again but luckily on a much smaller scale, which is why i'm writing this now. i've even been taking really good care of my teeth since the last time. hopefully i won't need it again. maybe i will. he told me about an old man he sees that for some unknown reason needs this every six months! eek

anyway, i'm not complaining, i know that most people in the world suffer a hell of a lot more than i ever do... and that pele's accident for example was a million times more painful. i just wanted to share this with you and see if anyone else has had similar fun with the clinical torture of dentistry. personally, from now on i'm always going to live in fear of the man in the white coat with the reclining chair!* wink


* he's actually a really nice guy that sings in jazz bands round London. it's just what he does that could earn him a work placement in the underworld.. (and yes i know it's all for my own good but i'm gonna have a moan anyway)

It is our fantasies that make us real. Without our fantasies we're just a blank monkey' - Terry Pratchett


DeepSoulSheepGOLD Member
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Posted:
Eeeeepp, I've been putting it off for ages and now I'm even more scared.... ubbcrying ubbcrying

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ShawnieGOLD Member
Captain Shawnie the Dreaded
126 posts
Location: Canada


Posted:
I've been doing pretty well as far as not having any dental catastrohpes. I did have braces though, so I can relate to that. The worst part of it for me was not the tightening and retightening of the braces every month, but playing contact sports and having bloody lips that go stuck in them if anything hit me in the mouth. It was all worth it though because I have a great smile now! ubbtickled

Pink...?BRONZE Member
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Location: Over There, United Kingdom


Posted:
hug i feel for you...

I personally have been putting off going to the dentists for far too long. Been afraid of him ever since he refered me to the orthodentist to have braces... which was 3 years of metal in my mouth eek

But your meeting with the dentists sounded much worse than mine! I have never even seen a needle in the dentists..and dont want to! ubbangel

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OrangeBoboSILVER Member
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1,389 posts
Location: Guelph, ON, Canada


Posted:
Eep! hughug

I have to get braces for two years... but after I get back from Germany (July 2005 ^_^)

I've heard this story before, from my mom. She's epileptic (has seizures) and when she was a kid, and they first found out, they gave her a certain drug, and one of the side affects was that her gums would grow over her teeth. For 2-3 years, she had to get her gums cut away every six weeks, and this is when she was 16-ish.

So much hughughugs!

The wonderful world of dentistry!! tongue

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oliSILVER Member
not with cactus
2,052 posts
Location: bristol/ southern eastern devon, United Kingdom


Posted:
funny you should mention dentistry...

i hate them, (i have my own personal reasons...)

but i spent 75 minutes waiting to see one this morning. frown

that sucked.

Me train running low on soul coal
They push+pull tactics are driving me loco
They shouldn't do that no no no


woodnymphmember
313 posts
Location: london,uk


Posted:
i'm actually so terrified of dentists that i have to be put to sleep.Which is quite pleasant really,only problem being that i don't remember anything for two days after the treatment......i have been known to invite people over only to not remember having done so which can lead to embarrassing mumblings and apologies...... redface

KajiQuantum Theorist
564 posts
Location: Vansterdam


Posted:
Quote:

he told me about an old man he sees that for some unknown reason needs this every six months! eek




err so how often do you go to the dentist over there? the normal practice in western Canada is every 6 months. I used to fear the denist, but after smashing my mouth up last summer I learned that he isn't such a bad guy. Not only that my denist is a master of nitris. Oh blessed noss oh how I love thee. And he's always got a full tank biggrin

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_VT_SILVER Member
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1,173 posts
Location: el paso, tx, USA


Posted:
ive been to the dentist a few times and it never hurt exept for when they clean my teeth.(much owwies!)I had to have a root tip extraction and my dentist told me i was the first person to laugh during oral surgery that he had worked on.(it tickled.)

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spritieSILVER Member
Pooh-Bah
2,014 posts
Location: Galveston, TX, USA


Posted:
oi...I am certainly no fan of the dentist. I've been to some really good one's (the only one my father went to in Dallas), some so-so ones (the cheaper one my parents took me and my brother to), and some not so nice ones (the one my parents found for me in Florida). The good one was good and never made my teeth hurt. The so-so and not nice ones always make my teeth hurt when they are doing the cleanings. I'll admit, I don't floss, so I know all is not perfect inside my mouth, but if one hygenist can clean my mouth without making it hurt, why can't others?

I've had oral surgery where I was put completely under...That didn't bother me as I was completely knocked out and couldn't feel a thing. I've also had plenty of teeth pulled. It's not quite so nice when you see little bits of tooth go flying out of your mouth (the root of my tooth had fused to the bone, but it was a baby tooth with a cap on it, so it needed to come out). I've also had my wisdom teeth pulled like they were ordinary teeth. Uhm...having your mouth kept extra-wide open so some dentist can cram his hands and tools really far back in your mouth while you are wide awake and conscious is not fun.

I luckily never managed to have braces though. However, since I still have my 2 bottom wisdom teeth, they have recently started pushing their way forward which has caused my front teeth to overlap each other, so I'd need them now to have perfect teeth again frown

I've been dreading going to another dentist because so many have made my mouth hurt. I haven't been in like 5 years, and well, ya know, I probably should, but...

MikeIconGOLD Member
Pooh-Bah
2,109 posts
Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA


Posted:
I also despise the dentist. Ive never taken great care of my teeth so for as long as I can remember, every time Ive gone to the dentist I ended up getting needles and drills. Now that Im getting a bit older, the fear is getting worse because I know my teeth can only get worse. Im bout ready to pull em all out and get it over with.

I saw on Ripleys, once, a story of a man who hated the dentist so much that he pulled all his teeth out (over time) and replaced them with hand carved stone teeth that he drilled into his jaw/mouth bones. Dont see how thats any better than going to a dentist but I know its no any worse smile

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TrillianBRONZE Member
Llamas are larger than frogs.
319 posts
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA


Posted:
Ooooohh- dentists *cringe* I hate going! I've still, for some strange reason, not lost all my baby teeth (at 15!), so I'm afraid he's gonna yank them out every time I go. Actually, I think I have an appointment next week. Waah! And I hate it when they ask you questions when both hands are shoved in your mouth. How are you supposed to answer them? ubblol

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MikeGinnyGOLD Member
HOP Mad Doctor
13,923 posts
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA


Posted:
I don't mind the dentist.

It's the ophthalmologist that gets to me. I hate things getting near my eyes.

-Mike

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wickedpixiemember
70 posts
Location: Aberystwyth, Wales, UK


Posted:
You should try living in Aberystwyth.

I can't even get a dentist! And you'll really appreciate having one when you've got the monster of all toothaches and no one to sort it! ubbcrying

NEVER eat anything you can't spell.


duballstarSILVER Member
slack rating - 9.5
2,216 posts
Location: Suburbiton, Yoo-Kay, United Kingdom


Posted:
ubbtickled it seems my conclusions about the people in white coats with sharp tools are fairly universal then!



orangebobo- owch!eek i'm hoping that this isn't gonna happen again so i don't find myself in the same position as your mum... i'm gonna look after my teeth really really well now (for a whole year at least or until i forget) biggrin



lightning- i wear contact lense so i overcame the fear of stuff being put in my eyes a long time ago (as long as it's not sharp!). having stiches on my eyelid a few years ago wasn't a lot of fun though! frown



wickedpixie- one of my best mates is at abber uni (he's called idris + surfs a lot) so if i ever make it to visit him we'll have to go for a spin wave



Quote:

err so how often do you go to the dentist over there? the normal practice in western Canada is every 6 months.






kaji- it's the same here, i just meant that he needs all the gum cutting pain every six months like orangebobo's mum! frown



spritie- you should probably go! even so, mine wants to crown my front tooth which got damadged years ago but i won't let him cos it doesn't look THAT bad + who needs perfect teeth anyway!



ICoN- that one sounds like a plan for old age. better than dentures! ubblol



just to let everyone know my mouth doesn't hurt anymore but i've still got my gum putty in till weds. it's a lot less than last time though so i can hardly feel it! smile
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wickedpixiemember
70 posts
Location: Aberystwyth, Wales, UK


Posted:
Wow, someone who's heard of Aber! When I moved here all my mates asked which part of Scotland it was in?!?! rolleyes

Best bet's to visit in the summer, 's REALLY cold here at the moment, and windy, makes spinning a bit tricky!

NEVER eat anything you can't spell.


duballstarSILVER Member
slack rating - 9.5
2,216 posts
Location: Suburbiton, Yoo-Kay, United Kingdom


Posted:
yeah but the surfs better! oh.. hang on, i'm hijacking my own thread!

*doh* spank

It is our fantasies that make us real. Without our fantasies we're just a blank monkey' - Terry Pratchett


wickedpixiemember
70 posts
Location: Aberystwyth, Wales, UK


Posted:
I was in the surf club in my student days.

I quit when I decided that the water here is FAR too cold! eek

And when I found out that surfing really needs waves! ubbloco

NEVER eat anything you can't spell.


SupaflyBRONZE Member
TNT
173 posts
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA


Posted:
One of my good friends here in the States does Sedation Dentistry. For any of you who fear the dentist or cringe at the thought of regular checkups, you should go check it out. Sedation dentistry involves varying degrees from unconscious to conscious states using either oral or intraveneuous administration. These offices are popping up everywhere around the U.S. now and although they charge more than regular dentists, most people will gladly pay the premium for a better experience. Most of them also offer massages with soothing music playing (some even offer manicures and pedicures).

If you decide to pursue this type of dentist, make sure you research him/her thoroughly and get opinions from other patients. Since it involves the administration of strong drugs (many of which have amnesic effects), be sure you go to someone who knows what they are doing!

Just run a search on the web b/c there are plenty of links and articles about it. I wish you all the best with any future trips to the 8th realm of hell! biggrin

Fear the evil monkey!


the screeming flaming dudeYes, as a matter of fact, i do use fire poi. Why do you ask?
104 posts
Location: inside your head


Posted:
When I was 7, my EVIL dentist thought my two front teeth weren't coming in fast enough. So i had braces put on, and gold chains tied on one end to the braces and on the other end two my two front teeth (which happened to be embedded in the gums at the time)

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
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HEY, I COULD SPIN THAT!


ShawnieGOLD Member
Captain Shawnie the Dreaded
126 posts
Location: Canada


Posted:
I'll admit that going to the dentist isn't usually the best time of my life, but I don't dread or avoid going. Stop and give a moment of thought to how unpleasant life would be without them. If it wasn't for dental specialists, my mouth would probably look like a broken fence, but I have nice teeth because of dental proffessionals. Cut em some slack and pretend to be happy next time you see yours. It must be hard to work hard on helping people with their oral health all day and have all of your patients fear or hate you... Of course I shouldn't be one to preach. I get really ticked when I need to see a doc. umm

_Aime_SILVER Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
4,172 posts
Location: Hastings, United Kingdom


Posted:
i kinda fell out with my densist after i told him i cut up my head brace and retainer with some pliers........ ubbangel
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wickedpixiemember
70 posts
Location: Aberystwyth, Wales, UK


Posted:
lol, nice one!

I had to suffer braces from when I was 10 until I was nearly 22. (curse my parents for crooked teeth genes!)

In the end I told the evil orthodontist man that if he didn't take them off, I would!

I kept getting asked for ID to buy petrol. *sigh* damned things made me look about 12.

mad<--------- me with braces!

NEVER eat anything you can't spell.


_Aime_SILVER Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
4,172 posts
Location: Hastings, United Kingdom


Posted:
lol, i had had like 5 differnet types of retainer before the head barce and all of them were as painful as hell, but nothing could prepare me for the pain the head brace caused me. My teeth wern't all that bad before the orthadontics started so i thought what was the point of going through all that pain for something so little that i wasn't really bothered about anyway???

DentrassiGOLD Member
ZORT!
3,044 posts
Location: Brisbane, Australia


Posted:
i think ill just go and give my teeth an extra good brush and floss....

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flash fireBRONZE Member
Sporadically Prodigal
2,758 posts
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia


Posted:
Poor duballstar!

I've never heard of the procedure you've been having - sounds unpleasant. Do you know what it's caused by?

I was a Dental Nurse for a few years after I first left school. I worked with a 30-something year old left handed female dentist who had a reputation of being one of the most gentle and aesthetically brilliant dentists in Sydney. It was inspiring to work with someone who gave so much respect and consideration to the fear, anxiety and potential pain of the patients.

It was a really interesting job - very hands on. I nearly passed out every day for the first two weeks, but then I got used to it.

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DeepSoulSheepGOLD Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
2,617 posts
Location: Berlin, Ireland


Posted:
Rebumping this thread from a few months back as have finally stopped being such a sissy and go to the dentist.

I used to have good teeth and never really had too many symptoms....well I did but they kinda of went away (by themselves, like magic).

Still, I wish I'd gone ages ago cause I almost defo wouldn't have had to have the root canal (that's where they take out the nerve from inside your tooth) and the crown.

So far only 3 quarters of my mouth has been worked on. If I'd have gone to the dentist earlier I probably would've needed less than the 9 fillings I've had so far. The holes and hence fillings would also have been smaller.

The only benefit is I'm now here in Thailand and getting it all done way cheaper than home. I'm definitely not suggesting economic health care is a viable option.

My advice to those who are putting off going to the dentist. Do it now! Like as in Yesterday! Build I time machine or something. I wish I hadn't listened to that ostrich, don't do it the problem doesn't vanish no matter what shaman or which doctor you go to.

Every 6 months for me from now on. ubbangel

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SpannerBRONZE Member
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2,790 posts
Location: in the works... somewhere..., United Kingdom


Posted:
I would go more regularly, as I'm entitled to free dental treatment, but the only time I can see the dentist is if I can get an appointment with the dental access centre in the next town, or make an appointment with an out of hours dentist in an emergency, but they won't do permanant dental work.

This is because no dentists in my town or for miles around are registering new patients on the NHS, even children, so I'm having a hard time trying to find one for myself and my son frown

It's a problem in many more parts of the UK and as a result some people have had such bad toothache that they've actually extracted their teeth themselves! eek

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duballstarSILVER Member
slack rating - 9.5
2,216 posts
Location: Suburbiton, Yoo-Kay, United Kingdom


Posted:
owch.. eek i wish you hadn't remeinded me, i'm probably due for another check up soon... frown

It is our fantasies that make us real. Without our fantasies we're just a blank monkey' - Terry Pratchett


tenticleenthusiast
275 posts
Location: ati: on: She: ffi: eld: UK:


Posted:
My last trip to the dentist went like this:

Dentist: Sit down and open your mouth.
Me: 'ike ish?
D: Good .
...time passes...
D: Dosn't this hurt?
Me: No... why, should it?
D: Well, yes. you should be screaming by now.
Me: errr... shouldn't you have given me an anasthetic, then?
D: You don't seem to be in pain.
Me: Well... no. but you didn't know that before you started, did you?
D: Open wide please.
Me: Bu...

-ben

DeepSoulSheepGOLD Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
2,617 posts
Location: Berlin, Ireland


Posted:
ubblol that's hilarious.

When the dentist looked my mouth he says
"James, have you never been to a dentist before"
I was hoping he'd missed something in translation and this was a good phrase to say. Sadly this was not the case.

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