Today, I had a dentist appointment. I’m having a crown put on a tooth. It takes two appointments to complete the process, and today was the first and most arduous. Without getting overly graphic, a large amount of the tooth is removed, and then it is precisely shaped, leaving an anchor point for the crown, which effectively becomes like a new tooth. It involved almost two hours in the chair, most of it with the sweet sound of the dentist’s drill whining through my head.
One thing that can and in this case did happen after an operation like this is tooth pain. It’s not sharp pain, it’s more dull and unabating pain that begins to feel like someone is slowly trying to push a spike up into your head. It usually goes away in a day or so, and in the past, when I was a Christian Scientist, I would not have taken pain medication to alleviate the pain, I would have gritted through, perhaps trying to pray about it. Today, however, I took two ibuprofen capsules when I got home. Bada bing, bada boom! Pain gone! Yes, I love the simple things. How foolish I was to suffer as I used to. No more! Thank you, evidence-based medicine!