After several days of dull pain and discomfort anaethetized by handfuls of Ibuprofen, I go to the dentist. The clinic is a small temporary building with a cute whale with big teeth as a logo. I go into the tiny waiting room and encounter first confusion. I take off my shoes and look for slippers. There are none, yet all the other people waiting are wearing them. I blunder to a seat on a bench wearing my socks and red cheeks. I wait  and finally realize that there is a machine near the entrance that gives birth to slippers. I blunder over, grab some and feel much better.

This is my car outside the dentist

A nurse comes through and calls “Neil San”. She leads me to the  open plan surgery where there are 8 chairs holding patients being drilled. After initial inspection by 2 nurses without many English words, the dentist arrives and says, “Much pus! Root canal.”  “What now?” “Hai!!”

He grabs a $1100  crown in his tongs, wrenches it off and chucks it in the trash!  The nurse lays a yellow mask over my face leaving only my mouth open to attack.   The dentist then launches straight into root canal treatment.   I sometimes flinch and he gruffly asks,”Pain?” to which I give the international answer of patients with a mouthful of dentistry stuff, “Garrgh.”

90 minutes  later he is done and storms off to drill someone else.  I am given some pills and told to come back on Wednesday. I give them 2,300 yen – ~$30. Thinking back to US days of first session with Dentist who would then send you to an Orthodontist. You get an appointment a week later, he then sends you to a pharmacy to pick up the drugs. Two weeks and a $1000. Japan gets straight to work.

My medication



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2 Responses to “Gaaargh!”

  1. jms! says:

    You should have scrambled through the bin and picked up that 1000$ crown and sent it too me! I might need something of the sort in my teeth soon 😀
    Cool blog!

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