Dental nerves!

You all came up with brilliant answers to yesterday’s joke! Yes – the dentist saw molar bears at the North Pole.

And now… to today’s post:

Sir Pe tried to leave this as a comment on yesterday’s post, but I thought it was worthy of its own 15 minutes of fame! So, at last, I have my very first guest blogger… drum roll … may I present … the one, the only …

… Sir Pe! Make sure you make him feel at home and leave him lots of comment love. He must be the only person I know who actually makes the dentist feel nervous! This is his story in his own words.

white_teethAs far as I know, my teeth don’t actually shine in the dark -D .

I met my dentist, Michael Riedel, in November 1988, shortly after moving to Stockholm. I was having trouble with a wisdom tooth that had a bad sense of direction, and it didn’t take Michael very long to decide that it, and its three siblings, needed to be extracted ASAP. So extract them he did: firstly the two on the left, then two weeks later, the two on the right.

I’ll never forget that second session, and neither, I suspect, will Michael. He started on the easier, top-right tooth, which popped obligingly out with a minimum of persuasion. (Oh – I’m feeling a bit giddy right about now – are you?)

However, that lower-right tooth (or “48″ as it’s called here) had a set of roots that would make a Baobab tree envious, and it simply refused to budge. Twenty minutes, and two shots of anaesthetic later, he had managed to remove the crown, so there was no going back. (Oh no – I feel queasy now! OK .. sorry! Back to the story!)

As I was watching him, I saw beads of sweat forming on his brow, so I asked him if he wanted to take a short break. This he (very gratefully) did, returning ten minutes later (wearing a different shirt, I noticed), and equipped with a new plan: if the tooth refused to come out in one piece then it was going to be a question of “divide and conquer!”


He then produced a small circular saw, and proceeded to cut the tooth into four quarters. Each piece then had just one snake-like root to deal with, and it was an easy matter to extract them. The entire procedure took forty minutes from start to finish. (Lady Fi faints! Swoon! Swoon!)

After that visit, Michael has replaced four of my fillings (because they were badly done to start with), and taught me how to floss and brush my teeth properly. He also recommended that I start to use an electric toothbrush, which I have done ever since. On all subsequent visits he has quipped “It’s a good job all my patients aren’t like you, or I’d soon go out of business!”

I almost never eat sweets (except on Saturdays ;-) ), I don’t eat lemons, and the water where we live is very soft and free from impurities. I also like to remember the advice that Lady Fi’s dentist once gave her: “You only need to floss the teeth you want to keep!”



If that had been me, folks, you would have been able to hear the screams from the moon!

As a present for being my first guest blogger, I would like to award Sir Pe with a little plaque… or then, maybe not!?

16 thoughts on “Dental nerves!

  1. Sir Pe, I don’t know how you managed to get thru that extraction. I bow down to you! Now I must block you blog from my husband because he can never read about this! I doubt I get him back to the dentist anyhow!


  2. Award him a plaque? hehehe Bad pun!

    I don’t know how Sir Pe managed to survive that. I’m an anti-dentite but at least my wisdom teeth were extracted when i was out cold and dead to the world.


  3. No offence, Sir Pe, but that was like reading a horror story!

    I have had limited to no encounters with dentists. I still have my wisdom teeth. I am too chicken to find out what should be done with them.


  4. Oooo…how i hated to be outside the dental clinic waiting for my turn and hearing the dentist drilling a patient’s tooth. The agony of waiting with those sounds…..yikes.

    When I was a child, i bit the dentist’s thumb before he could pull my tooth…hehehe.


  5. I probably would have enjoyed your horror story a bit more, Sir Pe, but I got stuck on that eating sweets only on Saturdays concept. That is where the horror of the story truly is, I believe.


  6. Great post Sir Pe, after I fainted and picked myself up off the floor, I recalled that I had to have 13 [ isn’t that a unlucky number] needles to numb the areas. They had decided to do all four at once, and the dentist was sick that day. They subsituted a petite woman for the regular hefty dentist. I can still remember her bracing herself against the chair for traction. I kid you not!

    It only took forever, but she finally got them all out. If I had known about the circular saw, I might have mentioned it to her.

    I now have a wonderful dental team that has helped me overcome my justifiable fear of dentristy.



  7. Sir Pe, you sound almost casual about that dreadful procedure- I think I would have fainted. And it’s all in the flossing, isn’t it (unfortunately). Oh, and not eating sweets every day is just wrong.


  8. 48!!?? Holy Flouride Batman! We only have out numbering syestm up to 32 ( if you have all your teeth including Wisdom) Congratulations for being so brave! I had my wisdom teeth taken out a few years ago right after my braces came off. Working with the oral surgeon that was to take them out, I knew he would be extra gentle. I wasn’t worried about the procedure at all. It was all my co workers! I was going to be sedated. I was more worried about waking up with a Sharpie mustache! Pranksters! hahahaha!


  9. Sir Pe, You were very brave! And conscious the entire time! They had to knock me clean out for hours to do mine, but all four at once were gone..good thing too as I would not have gone back for another round. 🙂


  10. Trainwreck: The Swedish tooth-numbering system is actually quite cool: the mouth is divided into quadrants, numbered 1 through 4, starting (from the patient’s point of view) with the top right, and moving anti-clockwise (so the bottom-right quadrant is number 4). Then the teeth in each quadrant are numbered 1 through 8 starting from the middle.

    Oh, and thanks for the plaque, LadyFi, I’ll put it on the shelf with all my other trophies 😉 .


  11. Ooooh! I have another cool dentist story 😀 . A friend of mine works as a dentist, and he tries always to make his patients feel at ease (of course). He has a stock answer for many of the standard questions he can expect to receive.

    Patient: Is this going to hurt?
    Dentist: No, but it might cause a twinge in my tennis elbow 🙂


  12. Ha! Ok That is similar to how they number teeth in the Orthodontic world. Awesome explanation. How great for you to talk so Highly of your dentist. Sadly no one like to come see us. Have a WONDERFUL day! I am off to make rolls for Thanksgiving dinner!


  13. Any one with a phobia of dentists is currently running frantically in the opposite direction!!

    That post should definitely be PG if not 15. For mature readers only!!


  14. Yikes! I won’t lie – I wasn’t able to read this whole post. I skimmed through and saw enough scary words to get the gist, and then I had to move on. *shudder*


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