As I sat in the chair in Dr. Sterling Foy’s dental office today, it occurred to me the progress made in modern dentistry is amazing.
I remember going to the dentist as a child. It was to Dr. Kraft in South Omaha. Dad usually took us, and the office was a second-floor walkup. The stairs were very steep and plentiful for little kids to hike. Upon arriving at the second floor landing, you went to the right, where all the doors had glass upper panes in them. They were back-lit in the dark hallway. We turned left and arrived at the office with the next right. We walked into the packed waiting room and looked for a seat.
Dad always gave up his seat for a lady. Dr. Kraft never used novocaine when he drilled and filled a cavity. He didn’t use x-rays either. The cavity had to be visually present for him to drill it. Sometimes he’d do it right then. In our lives, I became afraid of the pain there was while getting a cavity filled. Soon, I stopped going. I refused. I’m surprised Mom allowed that. After a few missed visits, I started going again. I went during high school and married shortly afterward. When I went to a dentist across from our apartment, it embarrassed me to have nine cavities. The new dentist used x-rays and novocaine. What a relief.
This is just my fourth dentist in my lifetime. He moved here from Oklahoma and bought the practice from my previous dentist, who went to teaching at the Creighton Dental School. Each dentist has brought newer techniques and procedures. Today, I marveled at the efficiency of the novocaine and precision of the drilling. I found something to be grateful about, even though it will be quite expensive, even with dental insurance. And I’m grateful for the retiree insurance I have. Blessings abound.
I’m grateful the worst of this tale is behind me. In a couple weeks, the permanent crown will be crafted and ready to be mounted. Thanks for checking in today, it’s pretty boring stuff. Tomorrow will be better! Have a good night.