My Teeth

By Ling

Many people compliment me on my teeth :-

“Oh, they’re so white!”

“Oh, they’re so straight!”

“No wonder you’re a dentist…look at your teeth!”

Well, let me tell you the real truth – they are not perfect!  Look closely….

1.  I haven’t had orthodontic braces before, but they look pretty straight, but there’s this minor squint on my lower incisor which really bugs me…

2.  I have non-carious tooth surface loss - erosion AND attrition – due to my love for sucking on highly-acidic foods (oranges, lemons and limes) and grinding my teeth at night…i.e. my teeth are very worn….look at my right vampire fang tooth (= canine) – instead of being sharp and pointy, it is flat as a pancake!  As a result, my teeth are at a weakened state – the edges are transparent like glass.

3.  I have 3 fillings!!!! *sugar addict as a child*

  • Argh!!  So I got a filling replaced today!!!  It was a nasty black one  (= amalgam) which was done when I was like 9 yrs old…and I could tell that it was needing renewed cos there was a hint of decay…(look for the blue-ish tinge around any silver fillings)
  • So I got my friend, actress-cum-dentist, Miss VeeBee, to do it.  Remember Miss VeeBee from here.  (I am taking over her job because she is moving to London to attend drama school!)
  • Anyway, armed with the needle (= local anaesthetic), she started freaking me out – I’m usually okay with getting injections at dentists (but not at doctors)…
  • It took a good few minutes to calm both of us down as were both giggling nervously and she said she was worried that she’d KILL me!!!  I was worried that she would make my eye paralysed – she has a reputation of hitting the WRONG nerve and making the patient’s eye anaesthetised instead of their teeth (= ptosis) !!! hahaha…I haven’t done that YET!
  • Thick, rubbery lips with a numb tongue, but only on one half of my face…such a weird sensation…
  • Anyway, I got to be the patient, the nurse and the dentist!!!!  -  3-in-1
  • I had to nurse – suck up water (= aspirate) with my left hand -  while I was lying back in the chair as a patient….and then when she removed the filling and the decay, I got to probe around and check out the big cavity, dentist Ling style..”remove that fissure distally please”…and then I picked my tooth shade for the filling.
  • It was a rushed job as Miss VeeBee was worried that she’d get a parking ticket!!
  • I wasn’t entirely pleased with the initial result so when she went off to renew her parking ticket, I fiddled about with the filling…
  • She returned and adjusted the bite ( = occlusion)…and then changed the shade…and then adjusted the bite…
  • Now that the numbness has gone, I can feel this sharp ledge and the bite is slightly bumpy….urgh!!!!!  My tongue will not stop playing with the sharp bit….
  • Argh!!!!  Nevertheless, I start work Monday morning and some DIY dentistry will be called for!!!

Oooh….I’m excited…..I love teeth…I love my not-as-perfect-as-it-seems teeth…

In conclusion :  Keep smi-Ling!

9 Comments on My Teeth

  1. enoch_hlh
    October 2, 2006 at 9:09 am (8 years ago)

    really sorry i didnt make to glasgow ah LLjj… hope you’ll forgive me…


  2. tungsista4
    October 2, 2006 at 5:59 am (8 years ago)



  3. davidmiya
    September 29, 2006 at 8:33 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh, they call it a “jag” where you live? lol


  4. davidmiya
    September 29, 2006 at 8:32 pm (8 years ago)

    Amalgams are just the worst ever… you should get ‘em all replaced… no need to use them with all the composites that are coming out. Uh, I think she might’ve hit the wrong nerve… half your face is NOT supposed to get numb…unless she injected like 4 carpules or something like that…

    Yea, adjusting the bite is an art that takes years to do quickly .. some dentists never learn I’ve found=P


  5. weecat
    September 29, 2006 at 7:19 pm (8 years ago)

    oh btw, doesat mean ur name is guna appear on the name-list thingie outside the dental surgery? (am assuming the bit ure guna be at is the 1 am thinking about…cos theres none other on Bath Street right?)
    “adjusting the bite” thingie makes me feel sick….screwing that metal thingie really tight in2 ur mouth/gum! *gag*
    hmm maybe it wudnt be wise for me to considering being ur patient: my fear & dislike may offend u


  6. thebiggee
    September 29, 2006 at 7:46 pm (8 years ago)

    numb and number!  haha!


  7. ansypansy
    September 29, 2006 at 3:09 pm (8 years ago)

    hahahaah what a hilarious post ling! hahahahah DIY?! yikes… its funny because you work in this industry, you actually know how bad your own teeth are [everyone will just jump to conclusions about you having perfect teeth etc] but only you know the whole truth about your teeth. and what’s funny is, because you also work in this profession, you’ll never be satisfied with what other ppl do with your teeth!

    one thing i did discover here, was that the past tense of “numb” IS in actual fact number [sounds and looks funny...] something i learnt in this post! amazing! [great ansy the linguist comes out to play..]


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