Monday, September 14, 2009

Once upon a time a naive young girl (ok...maybe that's a bit of a stretch) moved away to a city halfway across the country with her husband and 3 young children. The move was made for the sole purpose of helping the husband advance his career and the lure of significantly more money, combined with a fairly extensive benefit package made it seem like the perfect opportunity. Deciding to be pro-active with the health and well-being of her mouth our young ingenue decided to procure the services of one of the local dental offices. After conducting what she though was a thorough search to determine the best possible professional in which to trust her precious pearls she was excited to find an brand new office mere minutes from her husband's place of employment. Upon entering the building she was relieved, or as relieved as one can get when walking into a dental office, at the squeaky newness of the building and the cheerful and professional staff that worked inside. And so she began on a quest to help her mouth be all that it could be.

One year and enough money to put the dentist's children through med school, our protagonist began to have a sneaking suspicion that this dentist was not all that he was made out to be and she began to wonder if, perhaps, he had obtained his degree from one of those online programs promising a PhD and employment in one year's time. This suspicion was quickly confirmed when she showed up for an appointment to correct some previous work and found that the jovial individual masquerading as a dentist had completely bailed on his practice and disappeared into the proverbial sunset.

Fast forward 3 years longer the innocent young thing that she once was, our lead is now in significant amounts of pain as the dental work done in the city has fallen apart leaving her mouth in a jagged mess of ruin. Ridiculously attentive oral hygiene has done little to stave off the damage and a qualified professional has confirmed that despite her best efforts, the previous work was not up to par and will have to be "corrected". We will used the word corrected as an umbrella to cover such procedures as extractions, bridge work, implants and whatever exactly a periodontal specialist does when they are referencing "bone surgery."

And so she begins the quest once again, a little more wary, but hopeful nonetheless, that tomorrows proceedings will finally be a brand new start.

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