Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Root Canal Treatment

The worse thing about root canal treatment is the name. It sounds like a prolonged, painful series of attacks on your dental system. I think it's that word root with its connotations of digging deep (Ouch!) that makes it sound so bad. After three longish visits to my dentist with no pain and little discomfort I have an as-new pain-free Upper Right Seven.

The dentist and I agreed that while it might be quicker and cheaper to extract the offending tooth, its strategic position in my dental geography meant that the better plan was to do the root canal treatment. I still have all my own teeth. Actually that should read - All the teeth I have are my own.

Anyway it's over now and I'm glad it worked out well. The dentist showed a diagram and explained in general terms what it was all about and I just left him to it. I have no desire to know what all the whirring or beeping was about or what exactly all the smells were or what were those things he asked his assistant for. You're the professional, just get on with it is my motto.

Paddy said that dentists should show movies on the ceiling while a patient is being treated. One movie which would not qualify is Marathon Man. That's the one where Dustin Hoffman's character gets into trouble with a gang of ex-Nazis and one of them, played by Olivier, is a dentist who uses his skills to extract information. Terrifying! Video here.

Paddy also reads this poem regularly at our Knightsbridge Home Poetry Readings. Not one of my favourites.

If you are interested in the details of Root Canal Treatment there's a video here and information here.


AquaMarina said...

you are a brave man! dental treatment, no, even the mention of it turns me into a quivering wreck.

Michael Farry said...

I know AM but the alternative was no more smiles.

Words A Day said...

it was the diagram that got me...
I've had the same dentist since I was ten, who still talks to me as if I was ten, so i never even knew the "little pinch" I had to close my eyes for came from such a big needle till I brought my own kids!
(Brave you! Willow at Magpie tales had dentist theme this week too-uncanny!)

Paddy Smith said...

Now I know why you're going around with a silly grin on your face, Michael.

Ann said...

I hate the way dentists and doctors want to tell you everything they are going to do and how they are going to do it. It is enough to make this cowardly coward leap up and run, flaking anyone who stands in her way. Brave you! Well done. They had to put me to sleep to do my root canals. I think the dentist was concerned for his safety!