So, this is the truth, having my Root Canal was less painful than having my teeth cleaned. I’m not saying this is everyone’s experience, and maybe having the pain of the abscess the week before made it all seem easier, but really, after the prick of the Novocaine needle, it was a breeze. I have to go back in a couple of weeks so they can fill up the tooth and cap it, but I’m actually looking forward to it. Then it will be all done.
And I have my dentist and the end of The Cold War to thank for it. My dentist, because he obviously is really good at what he does. And The Cold War because, as Dr Coco explained to me, after the end of The Cold War, a certain metal (I can’t remember the name of it) became available that previously was used to make military planes. When they stopped making the planes, the government no longer had any use for it and someone came up with the brilliant idea to use it to make those tiny files they use to clean out the bacteria and gunk in a dead tooth. And because this metal bends instead of breaking, like the other metals the tiny files were made out of, they could be hooked up to an electric drill. That means the dentist no longer had to file your tooth by hand, making the whole process quicker and easier and more efficient and less painful.
I remember years ago having dinner in a restaurant and the owners inviting me outside to look through a telescope to see the moons of Jupiter ( I think it was Jupiter, but I’m not really up on my night sky so it could be another planet and her moons). The thing that really struck me was that those moons were there my whole life, yet I had never seen them. Even when I looked up at the sky with my naked eye, and was told they were there, I couldn’t see them. Which made me think of what else was right in front of me that I wasn’t seeing.
I think it’s the same thing with my Root Canal and The Cold War. We have this metal, that could be used in a way to keep people from suffering. It’s right in front of us, big as a fleet of airplanes. And who would ever have suspected ending The Cold War could have such a profound affect on our teeth. Like Jupiter’s moons it boggles my mind to think of the unseen possibilities before me, before all of us, from the mundane to the monumental.