Well, my long delayed trip to the dentist proved to be up to it's hype.
To start with, I couldn't afford a dental surgeon (my insurance wouldn't cover it.) So, my only choice was to have a regular dentist do the fun job. The difference in out of pocket expense was approximately four thousand dollars.
Unfortunately, I knew a little of what to expect because "back in the day" I had an Army Dentist who "tried" to remove my wisdom teeth. Overall it proved also to be a brutal experience. It turns out my teeth have some sort of a cruel twisted root which makes them less than easy to remove.
I knew I was going to be in for a similar experience when I heard the dentist mutter to his assistant something about curved roots as he went into attack mode.
The next think I knew I was getting seven shots of Novocain, which turned out to be only the start because the teeth they had to remove happened to be all around my mouth.
It's never good too when the dentist tells you he may have to use more painkiller and I may hear teeth breaking as I felt a lot of pressure. But rest assured, he would get them out.
The good news is I love my new teeth and I got my smile back. Along with a bloody lip where he bared down with several of his tools.
I did my best to take my mind off the whole procedure by imagining what it must have been like not so long ago in the pre-pain killer dental days.
Now the next milestone is to have the sutures out which go from one side of my mouth to the other. And, beginning to eat solid hot food again.
So I may come out of this with a new smile and a weight loss!