16 – E.T.: Extra Teeth

So, as you may already know, I went to the dentist last week for the first time in… a while. The first thing they did was take X-rays. Then he had to do an examination of my mouth to see what had changed since last time, which was a lot ‘cuz like I said, it’s been a while. Anyway, while he’s doing this, he’s speaking to the hygienist in some super-secret dentist lingo (the inspiration for today’s comic), and I’m sitting there hearing words like “erupted” and thinking “What the hell is going on in there?!?” Turns out, some crazy shit. Now, I’ve been advised to get a series of operations including (as the comic suggests) the removal of all 4 of my wisdom teeth, and my front tooth (messed up from a bike accident when I was 10) which will need an implant. How fun! And expensive! Like $5K! Too bad I’m a grad student and don’t have any money. But I guess if it’s been fine for the past 14 years, it can wait another couple.

PS: I hate dentists.

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