Teeth Up Front (revised)

I was born with imperfect teeth. I had my two front teeth, but I had no permanent teeth on either side of my two front teeth . Therefore, when those teeth began to go bad, I was very reluctant to smile. Our family dentist’s diagnosis was that, because the missing teeth were in front and were my biting teeth, it would be impossible to replace them with false teeth that would last. He suggested that I retain those baby teeth as long as I could. When I went into the Navy, the dental tech there asked me why the teeth had not been pulled. His solution: “I’m going to pull them, and they’ll do something about it,” which they did. They gave me a “permanent bridge” in two parts: each part built onto my two front teeth and attached to one tooth on each side. Over the years, I have broken that bridge several times and have had it replaced at my own expense. The last time I had this done, I was in the dentist’s office early one morning, praying that the new permanent bridge would have been made correctly from the impressions that had been taken. Even the dentist was concerned that everything would fit as planned. In the background, music was playing. Karen Carpenter was crooning “Rainy Days and Mondays.” Just as the dentist placed the new bridge in my mouth, Miss Carpenter sang, “Nothing ever seems to fit….” But, thank goodness, she was wrong. It did fit.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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