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The mad scientist and her assistant consulted the notes; Another failure is not a result they're willing to accept...They had to get this one right, or admit that their endeavour to successfully re-animate a once-dead human had been an abject failure...They must succeed! It had been months since they first started digging up body parts at the cemetery, carting them back to the laboratory, piecing them together with ragged stitches and crudely inserted staples, poking and prodding with their tools and instruments. Surely tonight was the moment they would triumph.

It had been stroke of luck finding Dr. Frankenstein's diary in that dusty attic, and from that point the mad scientist had bent her will towards re-animating a human, bringing the dead back to life. She was close, but her failures had been...Awkward, off-putting, abominable even.

Now the latest subject lay on the work bench waiting re-animation, the poking and prodding, drilling and grinding. If only the mad scientist could make sense of the notes...



OK, so quite clearly that person you see in the chair isn't a cadaver or some pieced-together pile of mis-matched arms, legs, boobs and head...It's actually my wife Faith. She's in the dentists chair and grinning like an idiot...The mad scientist is our dentist in the light blue shirt...And not [quite] mad at all.

I imagine that most people don't grin like my wife is during a visit to the dentist. It usually it means poking, prodding, needles in gums, grinding, drilling and all manner of nasty and uncomfortable procedures. But not if you're my wife...No. She's grinning because once again her teeth have been given a clean bill of health with literally zero issues. None. It's Infuriating.

She was grinning at me when I took the photo, rubbing it in my face that her pearly whites were indeed white, cavity free and in perfect order.

You see, I was next in the chair to have a 25 year old amalgam filling removed and replaced with a white composite one. [Amalgam fillings contain mercury it seems...So the mad scientist dentist says anyway.]

I've been on a process over the last year or so to have all my amalgam fillings removed in preference for the safer composite versions. Apparently, in addition to the mercury-safety thing having the very hard substance in ones tooth can eventually shatter the tooth...I say apparently but it actually happened to me so yeah...Out they come to be replaced with the more friendly versions. The composite material is a more tooth-like substance and is much easier for the tooth to deal with as one ages.

I'm lucky to have health cover. [No luck really, I pay for it I guess.] I'm also very fortunate that my dentists rooms has listed my health provider as a priority provider and so my replacement fillings are only a third of the normal cost, about $50 each.

I've never been a big fan of going to the dentist, but my dentist, Gabrielle [name changed or not, you'll never know], makes my visits low-pain, easy and, to be honest, rather fun. It helps that they don't hurt the hip pocket too much either. She's a good chick. A keeper.

This appointment was the first Faith-wonder-tooth attended together and whist I didn't have much to observe with the wonder-toothed-one's check up, she spent my whole 45 minute appointment asking Gabrielle questions, making jokes at my expense and taking compromising photos of me...Which you'll never see. Trust me, you don't want to either. Gabrielle, Faith and the assistant had a great time at my expense.

Every time I walk into the dentist and see all those tools laid out I'm reminded of some mad scientist's workshop and in reality it wasn't that long ago when mad scientist was probably an apt description of a dentist, or a doctor for that matter. Sure, theses days the rooms are clinically clean, pristine and white but those tools...They look evil and many haven't changed in over a hundred years!

The worst experience I had was having my wisdom teeth out at 21 years old...I woke up half way through having them shattered and cut out of my gums...Not pleasant...A distant memory now, but one I'll not forget. My dentists visits are pretty smooth sailing now though...Except for that fucking needle in my gum at the start...

Tell me, have you had a horrific dentists appointment? I'm sure there's some horror stories out there, and I wanna hear them!


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That is someone I must see, sometime soon: A dentist. It has actually been quite a while (since prison) and I actually wrote it in my notes while I was away. It looks like, "See a DENTIST, Write a novel, go to tech school.) LMAO.

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Do they have dentists in the inside? I assume they do, bring someone in. Could be a reason to go to prison...Free dental! Lol.

How long has it been since you went? I go. Every 6 months to the hygienist and once a year for a check. Although I've been more lately as I'm getting these amalgam fillings replaced. Using up my health covee quota for dental each year. Gotta keep my choppers in good condition.

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They do, in fact, have free dental inside. Lol. Well, it's a little embarrassing, the length of mine, but we'll fix that soon, enough. It's been over 3 years since I have seen a dentist. Quite a stretch, that should definitely end.

I hate to admit but I don't remember when was the last time I went to the dentist. And I'm mad at myself for not going to the dentist more often before I turned 19 (dental care is free for people under 19 in Estonia). I'm sure my teeth are in a pretty bad state, my gums bleed every time I was my teeth, etc. Yet still I'm not planning to go to the dentist until I have the money for it. Will I ever? I mean, I'm sure it's getting worse the more I postpone it.

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I don't think you're any different to so many others. Going to the dentist is not high on people's lists and I think a lot of it is cost related.

I didn't go for many years myself and regret it. My health cover subsidised my visits now but it still costs, and I have to pay for the health cover too.

On another note, you said you're in Estonia. I'll be up your way (From Australia) in July. I'll be spending a few weeks in Finland and I think the plan is a brief visit to Tallin. I've never been there but have heard it's nice.

Thanks for commenting, taking the time to stop by. I really appreciate it.

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Ah, visiting your brother in Finland, I assume? :D
Yeah, Tallinn's nice.
We once had a little Steem Meet-up here with @eveuncovered, @escapist, @m31, @rubencress, @celestal, @beercake and his gf. Some of them also went taking photos of stuff out of town with @greddyforce.
(Hello, everyone I tagged :D)

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Yeah, going to see my family there in Finland. I've chatted with Eve who seems keen for a catch up. Probably closer to the time (July) we'll try and get something sorted out for a meet up if anyone's keen.

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Probably closer to the time (July) we'll try and get something sorted out for a meet up if anyone's keen.

Already thought about this as well, that we should have a meet up while you're here visiting your brother.

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Oh cool, that should be good. We can sort something out closer to the time...A couple beers and a burger or something like that would be ok I think. I'll bring some Aussie goodies (probably Vegemite) for you all. Lol.

That doesn't sound fun. My wife is getting a new crown installed as the last one (or perhaps a filling) broke her tooth and it needs to be repaired. While prepping, they had to fill a cavity as well. She wasn't a happy camper for a bit after that.

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I don't know what it is about the dentist but so many people avoid them...Maybe the cost, maybe the paid...Could be both. When I found my current dentist a few years ago I was amazed at how easy she made it. Sure, still hurts sometimes, but she makes it easier than its ever been before to go. I assume it's similarly costly to see a dentist up your way?

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Aye, it is definitely not a cheap thing to do.

Very good idea to replace those mercury based fillings.

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I think so...I mean it's costing some money, and discomfort, but probably better that they're out. Besides, my dentist needs a new Mercedes-Benz... Someone has to pay for it! 😋

Some 40 years ago I am told I bit the dentist when he was working on me. I also made the mistake of not keeping up my dental care in my early 20's. I have had periodontal surgery to lower my gums to help maintain the teeth. I see a hygienist every three months and the dentist about once a year. Yeah the cost is always a factor. Interestingly enough I saw the hygienist two days ago, she was new and it was the least painful appointment in a really long time.

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Ah yes, the old bite the dentist to display how splendid your choppers are ploy. Nice one! He probably deserved it.

It sounds like you're a frequent flier in the dentists chair...Probably not a bad thing, except I assume the wallet complains sometimes...Mine does. I think with modern technology and advancements dentists visits are a bit easier, and less painful, than in the past. I find it that way anyway. Sounds like you've had some work done...But then again, one can't eat burgers without teeth! Lol.

Thanks for responding. Much appreciated.

You know what makes the needles more bearable?

FUNNY GAS! 😄

I always get the gas if the dentist is gonna drill. I have been doing the same with my old fillings. But plenty were so deep I have been getting crowns instead. Booo. But porcelain so they look nice.

I had a dental procedure maybe three years ago. Very back upper molar somehow cracked way down the root. It never hurt but they had to pull the tooth and had talked about putting in an implant later. Well the procedure was meant to take 45min-1 hour, but my roots didn’t want to let go! It took my dentist over three hours to get the tooth out. The next day one half of my face swoll up waaaaaaaaaay over its normal size! I looked completely deformed like I had a birth defect. It took about a week to look kind of normal again.

After all that I said bugger the implant and am now one molar short in the upper left side of my mouth.

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I have the same molar missing! Funny huh? And for pretty much the same reason. I didn't want the crown and so she removed it (the one that had shattered due to the original amalgam filling). I was in the chair for an hour before she gave up...Called the dental surgeon over the road and sent me there with a wad of gauze jammed in there...I walked over and 20 minutes later no tooth. The guy was brutal. It was not pleasant at all. I still give my dentist shit for that! Lol.

My face didn't go all elephant-man on me but it took a few weeks go back to normal, the tooth and gum.

Anyway, thanks for sharing and for stopping by in the first place.

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I hope the tooth fairy brought you something...I got bugger all! 🤣

I'm well overdue. Big angry hole in one of my double-molars. My dentist is reluctant to pull it, but I just want it out of my head. He took an x-ray and the root's almost scraping the underside of my eyeball, so root canal or extraction, its going to be a hassle.
I'll just keep putting it off ;)

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Yeah, you and many others I think. I put the dentist off for so long, but about 4 years ago I got back on track and never been better. It sounds like you've got a complicated one there...I think also there's issues with the tooth running close by one's sinus area so additional complications.

Putting it off is certainly one way of dealing with it. I did the same for a while.

You and Faith are like me and J. The only thing wrong with his teeth is one chipped tooth where he faceplanted a metal bar on a boat going over a wave (or something to that effect, he faceplanted something hard anyway), he had a cap on it and it got knocked off ages ago and has been staunchly refusing to get it replaced because it's not bothering him [insert eyeroll]. Me on the other hand, all the work done -_-

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Infuriating isn't it? Lol.

lol...very funny and clever sir galenkp! I've never had a bad dentist visit so I'm very thankful for that but I really hate going to them anyway! But I like leaving their office.

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Yes, leaving is the best part although...The wallet often hurts at that stage right? They charge like a wounded bull mostly although I've latched onto a good one and it's pretty cost effective so a win-win.

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I agree, it's a real blessing to have the combination of high quality and relatively reasonable prices. We had a great one in Ohio and now we've been trying to find one here dog gonnit.

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Agreed. Referrals can be good but what one person likes another may not so it can be tricky.