Today was my 6 month check up at the dentist. I've been going to the same Dental practice every 6 months for 9 years even though there have been some changes in staff over that time.
I have never had a filling; I still have a baby tooth; I have two of the ittiest bittiest little wisdom teeth anyone has ever seen; and a third normal sized wisdom tooth which is just peeking its length out from the gum. (the 4th one never developed).
The first dentist I saw there rubbed his hands with glee and said "oh, that wisdom tooth will have to come out"….. I burst into tears! I asked if it had a hole in it – no - is it infected? – no.
Well, then it can just stay there until either of those happens.
Every 6 months the hygienist and a dentist comment on the tooth and ask if I've reconsidered having it pulled out. No I have not! In fact just thinking about them bringing it up makes my teeth ache before I get into the chair.
One dentist told me that if it got a cavity "we will refuse to fill it"… fine I thought I will never get a cavity!
However, I did munch on a big chunk of ice which cracked a tooth, damaged the nerve and sent me in there very quickly!
"Oh dear", he says "I really hate that the first thing we are going to be doing in your mouth is a root canal" . At that stage the pain was radiating along my jaw, through my ear drum and all around my eye socket – quite frankly he could've whipped out 3 teeth that day if he'd told me he needed to!
So there I was today and it's a new dentist. He prodded around; laughed at those itty bitty wisdom teeth and commented how good it was that the old baby tooth is hanging in there. "OK – see you in 6 months".
Wait, ,what?? You're not going to tell me I should consider getting that wisdom tooth pulled out? Why? he says – it's not causing any problems, there's no inflammation, no cavity.
I looked at him – he is very young – first practice he's worked in. As I barely know anyone here with all their wisdom teeth perhaps times are changing and new dentists are being taught if there's no problem; leave them alone – don't whip them out on the presumption that something could go wrong!
My teeth feel so squeaky clean it's almost a shame to eat dinner and dirty them.