Thursday, January 15, 2009

A New Dentist

It's been many years since I've seen the dentist for a checkup and cleaning, mostly because the dentist I had since birth is down in Kent, and I'm not about to spend two hours bussing and walking down there. But, I never know what dentist to use; so, luckily my sister recommended her dentist to me. Dr. Patricia Shigihara.

I don't know if I've been away for too long, or if my previous dentist was just behind on the times (and money), but I was astounded at how enjoyable it was to go see the dentist. First of all, the chair was much more comfortable and soft; it was like lying on a rock at the old dentist's. Secondly, and this is the best part: there are adjustable flat screen tvs with internet tv on them. So, during the nearly two and a half hours that I was lying there, I got to enjoy any shows of my liking. I had headphone and a wireless mouse on my lap. I watched two episodes of family guy, some SNL sketches, and maybe a few other shows. Unfortunately, I had to hold back the laughter, because the assistant was working in my mouth (obviously).

And I must say that the SNL sketches with Neil Patrick Harris (NPH) were f**king hilarious.

Outcome: I have great, healthy teeth. However, my jaw is misaligned and therefore my teeth grind, which results in gradual gum recession and teeth "filing". Best solution: undergo reconstructive surgery to fix the alignment of my teeth in my upper jaw. Doesn't that sound fun? And inexpensive?

Short version:
My bottom teeth look like this --> U (correct shape)
My upper teeth look like this --> V (incorrect shape; too narrow)

1 comment:

  1. Just out of curiosity because I'm in the dental industry myself, is Dr. Shigihara a Pankey trained dentist? The problem you describe about your jaws being misaligned is something that usually a Pankey dentist specializes in and I'm surprised they didn't give you any other option other than reconstructive surgery.