This is a follow-up to this post.
A little more than a week ago I booked in a dentist appointment. I haven't posted much since then partly because I've had a lot of work to do but also because I've had a lot on my mind. I've been thinking about my teeth and their state of health. Thoughts like, how are my teeth going to look in another twenty years; what does it feel like to get a tooth pulled out; how easy is it to accidentally break the jaw bone; how does it feel not being able to chew with your own teeth; what if my front teeth are pushed so far forward that they fall out; other disturbing questions have been swirling through my mind. Unfortunately there are no easy answers to such questions, there is no huge database of information on such subjects. There is no community of dentists that answer all questions you may have in mind. I thought I would get some answers on my dental visit, but I was wrong, I didn't get any satisfactory answers at all and I left the room dazed with an invoice in my hand and most of my questions still unanswered. Not to mention bloody gums and my teeth all the same.
My wisdom teeth looked fine, they've all grown out well she said. What I did have was 8 minor cavities that need to be fixed. The next available time is in May so apparently the cavities can't be very important. That's when I'm scheduled for removal. If you judge by the price the cavities seem incredibly important. This one quick interrogation that didn't last half an hour cost about a third of what it's going to take to get my teeth fixed. You want a price? Well ok, getting my teeth fixed will go for (according to quote) 7200KR. On my interrogation I was also fined 375KR for 'further examination of a specific tooth'. I don't even know which tooth required further examination. To me it seemed like all teeth took about the same amount of time to examine, just a few seconds each. What did I just pay for? Did I get any help? Did I get any advice? Did I get even a little tiny bit of satisfaction that I finally had the courage to go see a dentist after a few years of stalling? None of the above.
I'm not pleased.
I woke up at 3:50. I went up at 5. I took the one hour train ride into city, then a short ride by subway. I navigated through a maze of corridors. I sat in a chair for maybe 10 minutes. Then I had my teeth checked. Then I took the one hour train ride back home. This was one of the most unnecessary things I've ever done. I'm getting these cavities fixed somewhere else, hopefully with a better dentist, someone who genially cares for my wellbeing. Not that this one dentist wasn't kind, she just didn't seem concerned at all, she didn't seem motivated, she even had a sloppy handshake. I don't really know what Banshees are, some kind of spirits, probably malicious like a zip bomb, but going to the dentist was like walking through a crypt. I wasn't as nervous as I had expected, but the whole event was just depressing, unreal as the sight of a ghost. Not just all due to money loss, but there wasn't anything I gained. Just writing this lowers the mood plenty, think I need to go rejuvenate myself with a strategic battle, or a smoothie, or maybe both of those items combined. I'll see you later.