Every second person now-a-days seems to have a dental problem. Toothache is much more common than heartache.People reach their workplaces late or leave early,because they have an appointment with their dentists.Others in the medical profession must be envious of their dental counterparts and must be ruing their decision not to opt for dentistry. Of all parts of the human body, teeth seem to be perpetually in need of fixing.
We hear about extraction, drilling, pulling, reconstruction, etc., every day.It is difficult to imagine that such ferocious words are used in relation to a part of the human body.The poor patient is awe-struck even before the treatment begins.The instruments lying around the dental table are also not less awe-inspiring. Often, the work cannot be finished in one sitting. RCT to extraction to bridging to capping to monitoring- it is a long unending journey.Once you visit a dentist, you must be ready for a life-long association.
In our childhood days, we never had the fortune of visiting dentists. There were none around. Toothache used to be treated with clove oil, camphor and other home remedies.Teeth used to fall out by themselves, unaided by dentists. No antibiotics or painkillers were required. Fractured teeth were allowed to remain where they were until they gave up. Toothache would make the patient whine for a couple of days and then everything would fall in place.
I am not sure if modern dentistry has helped us chew better or more with less pain.These doubts must be bothering many, but none is willing to take a chance. Dentists are able to cast a spell on their patients despite all their intimidating expressions and instruments.