Wednesday, January 7, 2009

extracting a tooth...


I love being a dental assistant. I get to see some of the coolest and some of the grossest things. Yesterday a man came in to the office with tooth pain. He said that when he bit down it felt like something sharp was jabbing his brain. I work well with imagery. I'm not so good at taking x-ray's the first time. I usually have to put people who are already in pain in more pain a few more times until I get just the right x-ray of their sore tooth. Sorry guys. The Dr's that I currently work for ( Yes, I said Dr's. I work for 3 different Dr's. I hate it. I am soooo looking for a new job. It's hard to keep track how each guy does things. ) will usually pull a tooth rather than do a root canal. That's been my experience so far anyway. So , this guy that was having something shoved in his brain when he bit down was a BIG guy. He had BIG teeth too. The Dr. decided that the tooth was just a wisdom tooth and in such bad shape there was no need to do a Root canal ( of course) so it would be the best course of action to extract it. The Dr's in this office also don't feel that it's necessary to make another appointment to do said extracting. They want to do it now. It surprises everyone. All the patients break into a sweat, but I think they are all to afraid to say " wait, what? right now?" Did you know that there are forceps for every quadrant of the mouth? I didn't either and I even went to school. I grabbed the wrong forceps once and very quickly learned under the wrath of a Dr and one of the other assistants that there are indeed several forceps and cruets and elevators and other tooth removing devices for all 4 quadrants of the mouth. I still don't know them all , but I sure try. So, this big tooth guy didn't have a chance to say "wait" before we were in his mouth yanking on his fat tooth. It was stuck tight. The Dr. had to stand up over the guy's head. I could hear cracking and sucking noises. I Kept making "eeww", and "yuck" noises. The Dr. Kept giving me dirty looks. I think I almost passed out once. Finally the tooth came free. It was a HUGE tooth. I can't even tell you the rest ,because just remembering what the Dr. had to do next is making me feel woozy. This was a bad subject to write about. I won't do it again. I hope you're not going to have lunch now ore think about this the next time you go to the dentist. I just happen to work for so exceptional guys! Next time I'll write about when I got the prophy paste in my eye.

2 comments:

demoux family said...

Yuck, I definetely couldn't do that...no dental assisting for me. You are a braver man than I.

Sparverius said...

I'm sure I will be thinking that next time I go to the dentist...next week!! Good thing I have good teeth.