>Abounding in Thanksgiving

>I flossed off a crown last week. Aren’t tooth troubles frustrating? This crown has a history, it has been doomed from the beginning.

The dentist originally dropped it before he could position it and the cement dried. He sent me home to have a new crown made but it no longer fit by the time it arrived. Somehow he made it fit.

It popped off a couple of times and he would glue it back on. He seemed irritated every time, but it wasn’t like I could peak inside my mouth and make a suggestion. We moved out of state and it came off again. He offered to pay a new dentist in my area to glue it for him, although in truth I think he was eager to pass along the responsibility of it.

The dentist in the new area explained to me how my tooth was filed down too small to really hold a crown. He sighed and laughed the whole time, insulting the other dentist’s work. I was livid. I left the office angry, betrayed.

We are at the mercy of dentists, they can do what they want and charge what they want. It isn’t like we can go home and fix it ourselves. Even some medical situations can be treated holistically, at home. Not dentistry–unless you just yank the whole thing out.

Sure enough, it came off a few days later. The new dentist couldn’t fit me in but his office suite partner could. So I stormed into the office and plopped down, complaining about how I had been mistreated.

He was calm and gentle. He said it was true that the walls of the tooth really had no retention, but he was sure the other dentist did the best he could with what he had. He didn’t excuse the work, but he actually encouraged me to not hold it against him.

The crown stayed on for eight years.

I look back on the situation and have nothing but respect for the third dentist. He offered professional courtesy rather than insult. He didn’t have to tell me how much better he was than the other dentist. He showed me.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29

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