A toothy problem, the dentist was old-school?

Image from Dentalorg.com

Lack of dental care and time has forced me to a dentist’s chair. Again. This time the bill certainly was cheaper, but the dentist decided to replace my amalgam fillings with… silver amalgam. I know that all things silver is now trendy but, isn’t a retrograde move? I would have preferred plastic fillings, since they tend to last longer, be almost invisable and are chemically inert…

Ignorance is bliss, but this dentist had all the toys to play with. Including a thumb sized digital camera which gave me a vivid close up of the affected tooth.  Wow, I have to admit having a slight cringe factor at looking the tooth on the screen. A contoured white molar on the screen has it’s obvious errors to be repaired. Was that fissure supposed to be there? (The dentist told me it was a stain and it wasn’t a crack). The story isn’t over, I return to see him again on Tuesday, to have the silver fillings smoothed over. This never happens with plastic fillings, but according to online information, they do have their disadvantages.

More links on plastic, or composite fillings can be found here.

Driven by wardrobe, sweating from the fear

Cool beer, hot weather

Some weeks I just don’t know what to wear. My selection of Summer clothing (i.e. something that’s cool to wear) was limited. Laziness, and the fact that I don’t have any summer weight shirts have driven me to wear what I’d normally wear in the Autumn. A Pierre cardin shirt with black suit pants. I was sweating buckets everytime I moved for any period longer than two minutes, and the prospect of a filling or worse at the local dentists made me a little worrisome. After 10 minutes of waiting, 5 of which was under the cow-eye stare of an old lady, I decided to bolt from the waiting room and take an earlier bus to my high school. I would go another time, when I have less on my plate.

But sitting here in the staffroom of the school, making stains in my shirt, trying to cool down, well it’s the most I’ve sweated in the shortest time. One of the above, would have been most welcome then.