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Dental Moment

Updated on April 14, 2011

The dentist’s office
An old brownstone train station
He renovated

Lying in the chair
I can see out the window
The trains going by

My implant is loose
He is a little annoyed
It is not his fault

He is quite annoyed
I am here too many times
I apologize

Long thin silver tools
On a sanitary tray
Instruments arrayed

He is well equipped
Wearing a mask and head lamp
Hands in latex gloves

Safety glasses protect
Against objects that may fly
Pieces of my crown

I open my mouth
Listening to directions

We are proceeding
Somewhat apprehensively
Without Novocain

He puts in a tube
I hear the sound of suction
When will he be done?

Through the discomfort
I accept all that occurs
Mindfully breathing

Detached I witness
Hammering, prying, drilling
Quite interesting

He exclaims, concerned 
There's a broken Instrument 
But he finds the piece 

Suddenly success
Holds the crown in his hand
My tongue feels the hole

Busily he seeks
In his assortment of screws
I know one will fit

The implant screwed in
Tightened down with a torque wrench
Filled, filed and sculpted

I ask what went wrong
Simple, he says, no torque wrench
I nod, enlightened

We discuss dentists
The ethics of referral
Relative merits

With my mouth repaired
Focus on dentistry ends
I go back to life


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    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      I was fortunate not to bite bird shot in the ruffed grouse we used to hunt. I hope to be done with the dentist for a while.

    • Randy Behavior profile image

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      It took three visits for my one and only crown, thanks to buckshot in pheasant. The dentist said I was that one in 50 that has complications. Story of my life...

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      How poetic, JJ!

      Thank you, Pixienot!

    • Pixienot profile image


      8 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      I love my dentist! He is the total exception to the rule.

      I also loved the prose. You did an excellent job.

      voted up

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      I hate the dentist! But this was a good poem, although it reminded me yet again how much I hate dentists! lol

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much. Most people do not like the dentist, but they love their teeth!

    • Leptirela profile image


      8 years ago from I don't know half the time

      grrrrrrrrrr! hate dentists hehehe

      but love your hub well done

      thanks for sharing :)

      Your poetry is quiet alive and bright hehe whereas mine is dark and hollow ?! lol...either way I'm happy to follow you


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