Classic Cartoonista – Dental Dilemmas

from "Dadmocracy," August 2008

Kids, take your dental hygiene seriously! I am speaking from experience: between 6-9 months ago, I had a filling come loose, and every week since then I’d think “I really need to get that taken care of.” Lo and behold, a few days ago I came down with an annoying toothache. On Wednesday I was able to get an appointment with a dentist, and I pretty much knew what was coming.

For someone who has spent the last few years processing dental insurance claims, you’d think I’d have done everything I could to avoid hearing the words “root canal” spoken to me by a dentist. I know how much those suckers cost, even with insurance. Yet here I was.

Despite the horror stories generally associated with the procedure, it went as smoothly as I could have hoped for. I was numbed up and out of there in about an hour, but the pain med prescription I’d been given made me wonder what I was in for when the anesthesia wore off.

However, I’m going on over 30 hours post-procedure and I haven’t needed so much as a Tylenol. And holy crap, it’s so nice to be able to have a drink of cold water for the first time this year without wincing. So today’s lesson, kids: brush and floss every day, and don’t procrastinate your dental visits.  I’m sure my painless experience was an anomaly, like how Batman can jump off a building without dying, but you can’t. And yes, I’m saying I’m the Dark Knight of the dentist’s chair. I think I’ll go get another root canal tomorrow, in fact, with this guy.


About Nick Perkins

Insurance drone by day, cartoonist by night.
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