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Dentist Waiting Room

Surprisingly silent, a room filled with fear,

Faces turn slowly, glance as I draw near,

Nerves almost palpable, hands closely wrung,

Smiles tight, insincere, breath tight of lung.


Cheery the greeting from over the desk,

Forms to be filled, health worries confessed,

Palms moist, perspiring, try to grip pen,

Return to the counter to hand back again.


Seat now is chosen, in which I will wait,

Silence so deafening, awaiting our fate,

One leaves, one enters, they steadily stream,

It’s more of a nightmare and less of a dream.


My name is called out from across the dim room,

Sympathy smiles, as I head to my doom,

We all share the knowledge of what lies beyond,

It’s not something of which we will ever be fond.


The noise of the drill, it is certain to scare,

Patients at the mercy, but some do not care,

Tray filled with instruments, tortuous to,

The untrained among us, we do not know why.


Treatment completed, the nightmare is done,

It wasn’t that bad, the pain there was none,

Greater the fear as we sit in the chair,

Of the unknown for certain, the reason’s unclear.


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Mind The Gap!

Over the years I had grown to hate my front teeth which sported a finger-width gap.

They hadn’t really bothered me until I was at High School when I suffered verbal bullying from the son of one of the maths teachers. That is all ancient history and I am a firm believer in karma so we won’t dwell on the past.


In recent months, I was lucky enough to find a dentist who cared enough about my smile to help. The first stage of my treatment was to remove some extremely damaged teeth, baby teeth which had not been pushed out by formative adult teeth which grew across and into my gums, permanently damaging the roots of the front teeth. After this treatment, carried out at the local hospital, which left me swollen, sore and unable to eat I was fitted with a temporary denture with a slight closure of the gap. The gap could not be closed fully as one of my front teeth was undamaged and, therefore, could not be removed.


I had to wait a few months for my mouth to settle after the surgery and the swelling to subside completely.

The temporary denture closed the gap by quite a substantial amount and I have been smiling more widely in the recent past than I had done for years.


Recently, I have attended a few strategically arranged appointments to measure, create and fit new teeth and was lucky enough to find my dentist and his technician had found a way to completely rid me of the gap, or diastema to use the correct term.

Next week I will, if all goes to plan, be smiling widely and sharing gap-free photos with pride.

I cannot thank Jason Stokes of Cathedral Street Dental Practice in Norwich for his attention to detail, caring manner and explanations along the way. I would highly recommend his practice.