PET PEEVES...by b. Malin

Animals Understand
Animals Understand

WHAT'S GOING ON...

Really, I ask All of you, what's going on? Does Anyone out there have the Same Pet Peeves? What's it all about? Does Anyone ever listen...are we that Complicated? Well here I go again with my Thoughts...

1st Big Pet Peeve...No One really Listens...For Example, I'd had a tooth that was giving me problems after the DENTIST from HELL had worked on it. She had put a "Crown" on it last November...Smiled and said, "now it's Perfect". But it wasn't, and I had to go back 4 more times. She kept FILING it, and on the last visit, I said, "Something is just not right with the bite". "I'll X-RAY She said, and once again declared, "IT'S FINE". I said, "it's NOT"! She said, "It's FINE, but if you're not Happy, maybe you should look for a new Dentist". I said, "we should be able to discuss this". She said, "let me FILE it again". It felt better, and we left to go to Florida, and once again, a few week later, the tooth problem continued.

Pet Peeve #2...I come home from Florida, and now I can't CHEW on my Left Side, it HURT to Bite down. I call the Dental office and ask if the "Partner", (who actually owns the practice), can take a look, for a 2nd opinion. Enter the 2nd DENTIST from HELL, and to think, I thought there was only One! She does an X-Ray, admires the other Dentist's work, and says, "It's Perfect, simply Perfect"... and then she says, "where is it hurting"? I point to the Left side lower middle..."Ah, she says, as she studies the X-Ray, as she tells the Assistant to take ANOTHER X-RAY of the upper Left side. Meanwhile she is telling me there is NOTHING wrong...While I'm thinking HORRIBLE THINGS that I would like to do to her, with that Drill! But I'm sort of Upside down in the chair, until she raised me back up. "I'm going to FILE the crown again, she says reaching the the DRILL, smiling Creepily at me...actually It looks more like a Sick Sneer. Ok, so now comes the Final analysis...She is sending me to an "Endodontist". The BAD NEWS, I may have an Abscessed Tooth under the Upper Crown! The GOOD News, the Crown is Removable...No need to Drill through it. I am Instructed to tell that to the Endodontist.

Pet Peeve #3...I'm at the Endodontists Office, and Lover Man is with me for moral support for I've never had a ROOT CANAL. Enter the Endodontist, who Never looks up from what he is writing, while I'm telling him about the Removable Crown. Finally I say, "can you please stop writing, and LISTEN to me...I'm NOT sure you are hearing me". He looks indignant and replies, "I HEAR Everything". He now looks at the NEW X-Rays that have been taken...and in my mind, I've had too many... I'm afraid that I will be Glowing in the Dark, although that could be a real turn on for Lover Man at night with all the lights out... However, I am assured by the Assistant, that they are Digital, less RADIATION...Ok, so it is definitely an Abscessed Tooth, and I'm giving a prescription for an Antibiotic, and am set up for the following week.

Pet Peeve #4 I am sitting in the Dental Chair and given the shots to numb me...and am now quite numbed. Lover Man is sitting across the room from me. Yes, I'm Nervous. Enter the Endodontist, all masked up and ready to go. A BIG rubber thing is put over my mouth and he starts drilling away. My little Heart is almost up in my throat, it sounds so Loud! Soon, it is over. The Dentist has left the room. I look at Lover Man, who is now looking strangely at me. When I am able to sit up, I ask, "what's wrong"? I don't think he REMOVED YOUR CROWN. he says as he starts to exit. The Assistant stops him, as she says, "I'll go get the Doctor". He's Back, looking a little uneasy...and almost Human. I am Angry... But I try to stay Calm, as I say, "why didn't you Remove the New Crown? I told you on the 1st visit that it was Removable". At that point I realized that this Arrogant S.O.B. never wrote it down, or if he did, never looked at his notes. He says, "I'm sorry, I should have told you before I started, that I decided it was better NOT to Remove it, for I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to get it back on...I truly am sorry". Did I believe him?...Not really, but I did believe that he was Sorry, and maybe would be a little less Arrogant with the next Victim, I mean patient. He said he'd tell my Dentist in his notes, the reason why he decided not to remove the New Crown.

I would have to go back to the 2 Dentists from Hell to have the Temporary Filling that the Endodontist put in, switched out to a permanent Filling...And I did. I was set up with the first Dentist, who smiled and said, "Any Problems"...I said "No, I'm just here to have my New Crown closed up". "Oh, she replied, then I don't have to remove it". Do I think she read the Notes, No...How do I know? Her Assistant told me so.

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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

dentists= hurt=pain= money!!

please do not repeat this.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

There really isn't a comment to hit that adequately sums up what I'm thinking about this hub. This is not a pet peeve....it's a living nightmare. I am so fed up with the medical community. I have one thing going for me regarding dentists: I taught a kid about twenty years ago whose father is a leading dentist, so they give me preferential treatment. Otherwise I would be writing my own hub about this subject.

I'm so sorry you had this experience. I hope things are better now, Barbara.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Barbara,

This is so true! I can relate to this hub perfectly! I had a dentist majorly mess up on a root canal, and I am still suffering from it today! Great job here!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Darn the bad dentists, I feeling like using a stronger word But not on H/P's

My dentist told me I needed a crown or pulled it out, huh, go take a walk.

This would cost another $400 as my husband had just a lot of work done that cost $400 with insurance.

Vote up and interesting, Joyce.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

I suppose we all have a similar story regarding some dentist somewhere. I know I do, but, I can't remember anything since I went to see him. I know I went there cause I got the bill. I think he knows I can't remember because I keep getting a bill, but, I can't remember because, what was I talking about?


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Ohhhh my gosh what a stange and unfortuanate sequence of events with those "professionals." Made a great and roaring laugh of a story though! Up all the way and shared as well!


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Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

OMG..dentist/s from Hell is right. I think you should have said, "Quit admiring your work and find out what the @#!*! is causing the pain or I will be forced to demonstrate pain on your big toe so you actually understand the concept of pain! Well, something like that... I wouldn't have your patience..there would have been a hissy fit in there somewhere! I'm just sayin' :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Oh you poor thing, I know what you went through, I had an abcess too, and the dentist would not believe me! it nearly came to punches by the time I was finished, I was sitting wailing in the chair! I stayed up all night in agony with the stupid thing! in the end the private dentist upstairs from the other butcher did it for me! I think he thought I was going to sue! thanks for sharing! nell


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

This is a perfect example, b., of why so many people fear going to the dentist almost more than death. If you require dental work in the future, please select a new, different dentist.

You have my complete and heartfelt sympathy for your numbing (?) experience.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Ugh! How aggravating!! I would have went postal on all those "dentists" and then I would have posted on Facebook and tell my friends that I wouldn't recommend them. I strongly believe that when you pay someone to do a job for you they better do it right caused they messed with the wrong person. I'm glad you are feeling better:)


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I'm sorry, b, did you say something? I don't see anything in my notes. If you have any problems, please tell my assistant and I'm sure she'll remember to remind me before I see you again. Oh, and that will be your left arm, first born, and that cute little puppy. Thank you, come again. :)

VUM! :)


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi b. Malin! For all the money that has to be paid to dentists, you would think they would be more professional, proficient and apply a little more respect to patients.

I hope this nightmare is over for you!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I hate dentists! Feel better...


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Cleaner, how True, how True. This incident just reinforced how I feel about the Dental Field!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Billybuc, I'm Good, my mouth is Good, and I know who I will NEVER go to AGAIN...It is a Nightmare out there...Thank goodness, I'm back to Normal. I really owe my stamina to taking good Vitamins, Minerals and Healthy Living!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Josh, Ouch! to you as well...I know we hate to go back, but you should NOT still be suffering...Not Fair. Thanks for your Comments.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Writer, Usually they try to save the tooth, by putting a Crown over it...It really is so Expensive, even with Insurance. In my Parents time, and Grandparents, they just pulled the teeth out and gave them False Teeth!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Arb, you are TOO FUNNY! Yep, they Bill us real quick, almost before the work is done!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Xstatic, Every day Life is a Fun Write...Never a Dull Moment...We can't make these things up...Life is such a Happening!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Oh Trust me Scribenet, I got my Message across to that S.O.B. and to the 2 Dentists from Hell, they have lost 2 patients, Lover Man and Me. Loved your Comments!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Nell, I just Wonder How LONG I had this problem...and then it Exploded. My Dentist should have seen it Months ago on the X-Ray, instead of FILING the wrong Tooth! Loved your Comments too!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Drbj, I will never go back to the 2 Dentists from Hell...We will find a new Dentist in Florida, looking to leave there permanently next year. Loved your Comment on my Numbing Experience!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Sunshine, Do I hear Law Suit...Ha, Ha, Really just being able to write about it Helps...It's a Writer's Revenge! And thankfully, I'm ok now, and NEVER going back! Loved your Comments!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi T.T. the Guy was an A'hole, and in the End, he knew it, and kinda owned up to it...But I'd NEVER recommend him for a Root Canal...I'm done, Yeah! Loved your Comments!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Dexter, I agree, but THEY also keep Lawyers in Business! Only Kidding...But being able to Write about it, is my Best Revenge!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Ditto, Ditto, Breakfastpops...And I do Feel Better, Especially after I was able to Hub about it!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Ouch! This is horrible and so very disturbing. It is more than a pet peeve. It's a nightmare. I can't imagine these people calling themselves professionals. Where did they get their medical licenses? At Clown College? My dentist is a caring and kind professional who never ever hurts me and she's done about 3 crowns. Her entire staff is thoughtful and consciencious. I wish you were near enough that you could go see her. She's in Dallas.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Sounds like the Dentist from Hell, I've had a few of them. The worst was when i had a partial and the tooth was soo long it rested on my lower lip, she then marked it and was going to file it off. I told her it would be impossible to remove that much and it still look like a tooth. needless to say, I left and never returned. We should have filed a malpractice suit. Happy you are ok and can write a funny hub..Cheers


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Karanda 4 years ago from Australia

What is really disturbing is how many comments you have received about nightmare dentist visits by others. Gosh, you had such a terrible time it is just not right. Do you think dentists are sadists at heart? I've never been able to understand why someone would want to look into someone else's mouth all day but I am ever greatful when I come across a dentist who genuinely seems to care.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

It was painful just reading this Hub. Great work b.

The Frog


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Peg, I Loved your Comments, so much Truth to them. Your Dentist sounds Wonderful, but Dallas is a little FAR from NJ. But I will find a new Dentist...And to end Insult, they over billed, and actually OWE ME MONEY!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

You got that right Ruby. You know that's why Dentists are Sued...they DON'T LISTEN! Sum it all up, that's my "Pet Peeve"! I'm Good, and almost back to my old self. I was sort of Funny, saying I will Glow in The Dark from all the X-Rays!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Karanda, Dentistry is a Business...That's how I've come to feel. We need to be careful, who is recommended and why. We need to question, and even when we tell them, like I did that the Crown was NEW and REMOVABLE, we expect that they are LISTENING. Mine was NOT!

Thanks for all your Wonderful Comments.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Froggy, It was Painful remembering it all as I wrote it. But hopefully it will Educate the next person. Thanks for your Comments.


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Springboard 4 years ago from Wisconsin

Besides the fact that I loathe going to the dentist, the 1st pet peeve is not isolated to just them. In fact, I've run into tons of people since taking on my newfound career in services who talk right over me, and you can't get a word in edge-wise. It's very irritating to be stopped mid-sentence. Makes me want to do a special little chemical treatment to my clients instead of the one I'm supposed to do for their bugs.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

I Hear you Springboard...It's so hard to get Anyone to actually listen in todays Crazy, Fast -Paced World. What the answer is, I don't know. Thanks for your Thoughts and Comments...It would BUG me too! Couldn't resist.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Sorry you had such a bad experience. Double ouch! I am thankful for my dentist as he is a caring individual. Hope this is all behind your soon.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Teacher, yes, I'm fine now...but another OUCH, was when we found out they had overcharged us...A refund is coming!


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

Is this like all one peeve? LOl Sorry, joking and with a sore mouth you don't have to smile. Bad dentists, can we legally shoot them? Naw, probably not. I love this hub, it says a lot, even with your sore mouth. Great read!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Bobbi, Never a Dull moment...But I'm fine now...and Wiser Now...and will NEVER go Back to any of the above Dentists. I'm so glad you Enjoyed my Big Pet Peeve...No One Listens!


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epigramman 4 years ago

...a happy hello to one of my favorite writers of wit and good nature - you writing always reminds me of Erma Bombeck who was an awesome writer and such a funny lady (who always spoke the truth - much like a female George Carlin) and she reminds me so much of you - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 12:09pm


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Colin, your words always make me Smile...And Erma Bombeck, was also one of my Favorites growing up. I guess I try to write from the Heart, as well as "other" places. Always Enjoy your visits. LOL right back to YOU!


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epigramman 4 years ago

...yes and I love that picture right at the top - it reminds me of my two cats - Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel - I sincerely hope you have been keeping well dear friend ....


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This sounds like a real nightmare 'b' I hope this is an end of it and you can put the experience behind you. Just what is it about dentists, it is hard to find a good caring one.


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Keith Ham 4 years ago from Niagara Falls, Ontario

I've got to say, these aren't really peeves as more BIG annoyances in your life. Peev's are like constant nags that never go away.

Luckily, all of your problems are solvable. Here is hoping for the best and that you don't have anymore!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

I thought it was Cute, and a Good play on Words...Also my Son just got a new Kitten named, "Nugget"...So, Thank You Colin. I'm fine, Sounds like you are too. Please give a pet on the head from me to Miss Tiffy, and Mister Gabriel!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Rosemay, You are so right...where are all the Good Dentists? Anyway, I'm fine and hopefully onto some NEW Hub thoughts...for they are always out there waiting to be found!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Well Keith, Dentists NEVER go away...so, but I hear what you're saying...and I will dwell no longer on them. Thanks for your Comments.


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rjbatty 4 years ago from Irvine

When dentists place a crown, they have a hard time duplicating your previous bite pattern -- thus all the trimming you had to endure (I'm experiencing a similar incident now). Sometimes trimming does the job, but not if the crown is set improperly. The constant irritation of an ill-set crown will start to cause nerve damage, which will probably lead to a root canal. We are at the mercy of these health-care providers ... and it is at the least humbling and at the worst a nightmare.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Ribatty, you are so right. All your Comments ring true! I wish you Luck with what you are going through now...And of course THEY are never wrong...and so we endure, and come aways a little wiser, and owing more Money!

I will be by to visit your Hubs.


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Suzie ONeill 4 years ago from Lost in La La Land

Wow-- I don't know if I should chuckle or wince after reading this hub! Further proof that dentists are evil! ;)


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

b Malin, it is always a pleasure:) Your poor things. I hate the dentist also, not as much as you probably do, but you get the point. I must say, the glow in the dark idea is genius. Better patent it:) I am currently in the process of dental work and I count the days down in fear. If I had enough money, I would have myself put asleep. Always put a smile on this face. Voted up and all the way across. Tell Lover Man hey and best to you girly. LMAO!!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Suzie, I'm Fine now...but, I'm beginning to wonder about the Dental Field. So let's all have a Good Laugh! Thanks for Commenting.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Lyricwriter, You always make me Smile...Good thing my Teeth are Happy Now! I do wish you lots of Luck on your Visit to the Dentist...they are a trip! Thanks so much for your Comments, and our best back to you and yours as well!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

How terrible I was feeling the pain all the way. When I was a little girl a dentist started drilling on my tooth without freezing it first. I told him if he didn't stop I would throw up and I did right on him! When my Mom heard him yell she came running in and he said IT WAS ALL HIS FAULT. That wasn't what he said to me!

Sorry, I have to say I enjoyed your hub and voted up.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Moonlake, Interesting Story, thanks for Sharing. Actually, I'm glad you Enjoyed, for Humor is definitely the Best Medicine!

Thanks so much for your Vote, so appreciated.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I have not experienced such thing, but this does not mean I will not have this experience.

Thanks for sharing this story.

Cheers


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Lucky you Vinaya. I too had never gone through this (needing Root Canal) but there it was...and so goes my Hub. Thanks for reading and Commenting.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Are those really pet peeves.. or just fuel for ass-kicking.. im sorry you had it rough.. and thanks for sharing your calm by writing it in a pet-peeve format LOL bless you


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Frank, probably a little of Both! Yes, Writing about it certainly helped...and I know where I'm NEVER going again! Thanks for your Comments and blessing, always appreciated.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Oh my goodness! What a horrible string of dental experiences. At least you have a good sense of humor about it! So is it patient or victim? lol As always, you made me laugh. Voted up!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Yeah, Vespawoolf, It certainly was...Revenge? I'm NEVER going back to Any of them EVER again. So, I'd say I'm No longer the Victim... or the Patient!


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

b.malin: I can SO relate! I have very sensitive teeth, have had crowns, bridges, root canals, even surgery on my gum...and the most dreaded of all: the drilling of cavaties! I totally felt your discomfort (and frustration) throughout!

The key is to find a GOOD, reputable dentist. I finally did, and now I don't dread going any more.

I could SO relate to that rubber thing you mention at the endodontist...I even remember the color! Blue!

Great hub, voted UP, and I am so sorry for what you went through.

Over the years I have heard many "dentist" experiences. Yours is off the charts! Blessings Sparklea :) PS: love the pic of the paw and hand with the caption, "Animals Understand"


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Sparklea, Don't we always say to our selves, "This is Going to be the RIGHT Dentist for me"...

Thanks for all your Wonderful Thoughts, and Comments, and Understanding.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I perfect example of the terrible medical care situation we are faced with today.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Shiningirl,

And I doubt that it will get any better under Obama Care...But we'll see...

I'm so glad you stopped by to read and Comment.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I hate going to the dentist. Luckily, I have a good one. He's the only dentist I've ever had. Family friend and such. Sorry you went through all that.


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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi KaraokeGuy, I've NEVER had too much Luck when it comes to finding a Great Dentist. But I'm optimistic...RIGHT!


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TycoonSam 3 years ago from Washington, MI

OMG! I wouldn't call any of these "Pet Peeves" You are a Saint! No one should ever have to go through what you went through.

I hope you found a new dentist.


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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi TycoonSam, I intend to...actually after we sell our house and move. Thanks for commenting. I'll be by to visit your Hubs too.


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles

It's downright insulting to be led along like you're crazy in your discomfort while shelling out your money along the way. What a nightmare! Hope all is well now.

Erma Bombeck-lol :)


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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Cat, Yeah, I know...But Life is like a Book...each Chapter a Learning Experience. When I move, I'll get a New Dentist. Thanks for Commenting.

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