Wisdom

I’m teething right along with the little ones in my care.  I’m thirty years old and my wisdom tooth is coming in.  Yes, it is a singular molar.  You see, I have the one my mother was missing.

Visits to the dentist often include the same scene:

Hygenist looks at x-rays she just took, looks at me, looks at x-rays, looks at me, and finally says, “are you sure you didn’t have your wisdom teeth removed already?” (and that brain-dead doctor forgot one?)

Me: “yep, pretty sure.” 

Dentist enters, looks at x-rays, looks at me, looks at x-rays, and back at me, and finally says, “are you sure you didn’t have your wisdom teeth removed already?”

Me: “yep, pretty sure.”  I mean, I know I’d be knocked out for the actual surgery, but I think I’d remember the event, wouldn’t you?

I’m not worried about this guy, there’s a reason he’s never been pulled — there is room for him up there on the top shelf.  (Not the same story on the bottom, and I’m afraid if he was coming from a different place I’d have had to go under twelve years ago.)  In the meantime, it’s very entertaining to feel this thing press against my gums, and have the first point break through this week.

I used to think that I was only one quarter as wise as the rest of the world.  I’ve concluded, however, that I’m just further evolved.

3 thoughts on “Wisdom

  1. I had to get mine yanked when I was in high school. We must have gone to a cheap dentist. They didn’t knock me out, they just used local pain killer shots. I remember the whole horrible surgery. The dr was pounding away at one of my teeth and then said, “Oops!” and I stated crying and trying to mumble “Waa????” (One of the teeth had broken, so they had to dig deep to get the rest of the root. Fun.) I looked like a chipmunk for a week and couldn’t play my trombone for a couple weeks.

  2. I too have only one wisdom tooth, but mine has never emerged. I’ve never been asked if I’ve had them removed though.

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