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New Crown - Old West Style

I just came from the Dentist where they installed a crown on one of my molars that never did form correctly. When they did all of the preparation work 2 weeks ago, they numbed me so much that I couldn't feel half of my face for hours afterwards. Today, however, sissy time was over. They didn't give me so much as an aspirin.

As they scraped away the temporary cement of the temporary crown and then proceeded to jam the permanent crown into place, pry it off, jam it on, pry it off, jam it on, and pry it off again and again and again, I attempted to let them know that they were hurting me. A lot. Through all of the flinching, bleeding, and me saying, "Ow!" they did finally say, "Sorry we are hurting you, but most patients prefer to do this without any anesthetic." Several questions came to mind when the dentist said this, but top of the list was, "Do you get punched in the face a lot?" I didn't ask that since she was smashing down on the crown - again - but it was close.

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