From what I’ve read and been told, amalgam fillings last 10-12 years. My lowers are 30+ years old, so I wasn’t entirely surprised when my dentist recommended their replacement. (I was surprised that he didn’t find fault with my flossing. Those plastic disposable flossers work!)
On Thursday, I had the lefts replaced with composites. Since I’m not keen on having dental work done, I’d even suggested doing both sides at once just to get it all over with. But, after they mentioned I’d be a drooling mess, possibly chewing my tongue off, I went back to the original plan.
And with that, I will take much sensory distraction as can be legally offered. This includes novocaine, headphones, the vibrating Comfy Chair, sunglasses, and nitrous. Ah, nitrous. One of the things I love about it is I can throttle how much I need to tune out. Typically, this starts when I hear the high-pitched whine of the drill. I’m at maximum tingliness when the dental burr makes its burning smell. Power-breathe!
When he was finished, he looked at the readout, chuckled, and said “You got your money’s worth.” Just like last time.