Dental Horror(s)

To say I’ve had a lot of dental work done is a pretty severe understatement. I probably have enough mercury in my mouth to be the cause of my eventual demise, and if that doesn’t do it, the plethora of root canals will. I have exactly zero teeth that haven’t had some sort of work done to them, and I’m missing quite a few that dentists gave up on because they would have just been too much work to deal with (bad dentists, IMO – I have a great dentist now, and he’d better not retire until after I either have all false teeth, or die).


Needless to say, I’m very familiar with the whine of a dental drill, the smell of bone/tooth dust in the air, and the taste of Novocaine and various amalgam filling components. Heck, I’ve had so much work done that the doc has to fix a filling I broke in a couple weeks, and I won’t even need to be numbed up because it’s a filling in a tooth that’s already got a root canal. I’ve had one other of those, and I tell you what – it’s crazy weird to sit in that chair and feel the vibrations from the drill while they work on a dead tooth in your very much alive mouth.


It’s kind of fun to tell people you got a filling without drugs afterward too, of course.


I’m not telling you all this to make you cringe (though hey – bonus points to me if you did!), but because Monday as I was sitting in the dentist’s chair, getting my teeth cleaned for the millionth time, I was curious about why there aren’t more horror stories involving dentists and dental work. I’m certainly not the only person who’s less than fond of having dental work done, and honestly, though I hid it well, I was scared every time I had to go in, because I knew it was going to hurt (I’ve never had any kind of dental work done – cleanings included – that didn’t hurt at some point). I’ve had so much work done now that I’m not scared anymore, just resigned to my fate, for the most part. Doesn’t mean I don’t still clench my fingers together while the tools are whining away though…


In any case, now I feel the need to write some dental-based horror, because hey, that’s how we explore what scares us. And with any luck, we learn not to fear it, even if we still have to accept it as part of our lives.

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One Response to Dental Horror(s)

  1. Ardee Eichelmann says:

    Okay, when you have a dental horror story you have to warn me. I don’t know if I will be able to read it. I don’t have dental issues. I have had two fillings put in without Novocaine and they have not had a root canal. Yep, one day when I was getting fillings I didn’t feel like dealing with getting shots in the roof of my mouth. I hate that a lot, so I just had the fillings done without Novocaine. I will NEVER do that again. I didn’t want to do the second tooth after the first one had been drilled but I just sucked it up and carried on. I was a “maroon.”

    Even though I don’t have personal dental issues I cannot stand to see movies that have “dental torture” in them so I don’t think that I can read about it either. There was Jack Nicholson in the original “Little Shop of Horrors” getting dental work done without Novocaine and then the horrid scene in Marathon Man where Laurence Olivier is torturing Dustin Hoffman. Oh, that one almost kills me.

    So, dental horror is just not for me.

    BTW, I am sorry that you have such issues with your teeth. I really am. I think that dentists are a drag.