'I'm no dentist, but ahh what the heck... open wide'

Doctor reflects on a once-celebrated but now unceremoniously dumped 'human artifact'

I was working a few days ago and pulled a tooth. Mind you, it’s not something I do with any regularity.


However, it was a very sweet little lady who was too weak and ill to get to the dentist and had other issues.

That lower incisor was loose, and constantly in the way. Furthermore, it was painful.

I had seen her for something else in the emergency department. I took care of her other issues and was about to discharge her. I said to her family: "Make sure she gets to see a dentist."

"We’ll have to see if our dentist