“Hi there! You have to come at my brother’s birthday party next weekened and you have to inform Inna as well”, Neo told Seno on the phone.
“Alright, we will come, but tell me where you were the last day”, before Seno could say another word Neo hung the phone. Seno felt strange because Neo had never done such act before. But on the other hand Seno turned so excited hearing news of party .
It remained a mystery for Seno and Inna finding where Neo had been all the day long. Seno, had an intuition that Neo might have been involved with some other friends. Day went, a new day started, Seno and Inna started preparing for upcoming exams, calling Neo to join in for the same, but Neo joined in, with least interest.
One day, while studying, Neo found her tooth aching right in gum badly. She went straight to her home from Inna’s home, the place where the three friends used to study.
Mama Mama Mama! My tooth has turned charcoal”, Neo made a huge gasp of pain. Her lungs had started panting badly - faster and faster. Mrs. Rachna hastily made an appointment to the family dentist. Neo readily went, as it was her first time to visit any dentist so far. She was looking frontward to enjoy the first know-how (later it turned grief-stricken one).
Neo greeted dentist with a grin. The dentist praised her teeth and asked her to take her weight off her feet. By the time she sat on his eccentric set up and had mouthful of air, the dentist said, “Open wider - wider Neo, Oh! Your teeth look great except one premolar, but I think I need to extract your tongue – your tongue”, said the dentist laughingly. This dialogue was not able to work for Neo. The dentist started drumming a spoon like equipment, asking, whether it’s throbbing or not? Neo was thinking she bass beating the dentist’s shining canine with the same spoon.
But after all, the dentist was her doctor. Neo was required to comply with him, as she was under his superlative supremacy at that time. Neo was inaudibly listening to his questions and answering them accordingly, throwing a heavenly smirk after every answer, as if she is ready to relish his treatment.
“You have got the biggest cavity – the biggest cavity. The infection has extended to pulp chamber – pulp chamber, so the root canal is vital treatment – vital treatment”, said the dentist, after getting done with all diagnosis procedure. “Okay, but I am shocked you saying words like this twice”, Neo replied shockingly. “I did not, that was an echo dear”, said the dentist with a saccharine smile. All snobs had broken into high pitched laughter; She smartly tried to divert everybody’s attention and therefore asked impatiently, “What is root canal?” The dentist said with a pleasant countenance, “It is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During this procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed”.
“What this pulp is?” Neo asked with a confused face. “The pulp is the soft area within the root canal. And there is a natural cavity within the centre of the tooth, which we call root canal, which contains tooth’s nerves”, the dentist replied professionally (as if Seno was not aware of anything, but Seno was, somehow she was trying to make him boil).
“Oh my God, you are going to make my tooth *pulp less*? How could it is going to survive without its dear and near pulp?” Neo said with a strange frowning face . He laughed like a drain for the couple of minutes, and said, taking pauses because he could not control his bursting tummy, “No way, I am not going to harm your tooth, now just get serious, and listen to me dear, A tooth's nerve is not vitally important to a tooth's health and function after all the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory - to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth. When tissue or pulp of the tooth becomes infected, the bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. This can cause infection or abscessed tooth. We have to clean all the debris, so that the infection might not get worse. Its better to see a dentist just after you find your tooth with a cavity, because the treatment is then very simple, we are just required to do simple filling, it doesn’t pain even”.
Neo realized that if she would have been here on time, she wouldn’t have been suffering this much. It was all her irresponsibility.
Neowas like okay (but still confused) and after all her knowledge had really increased to the optimum regarding this treatment.
Mrs. Rachna knitted her eyebrows, showing the gesture as if she wanted Neoto be quiet. She remained quiet and allowed doctor start the treatment. She was really feeling so bad for her pulp.
Now the time came to start the process. Mrs. Rachna agreed and the dentist started his work, without even asking Neo. She never knew what the root canal is? She was like okay! Do it now, she was not liking this charcoal tooth anymore; it disturbed her 360 degree laugh.
The dentist started his work, he had not shown him that the injection aggrieved me; Neowas unwind and was obeying his orders. But he has broadened time to 1 hour, and she was worn-out of keeping her mouth, unwrap for such a long me time. There were colorful endodontic files he was inserting in gum constantly.
“Relax one more endodontic file to go into pulp chamber then we will be done with your root canal”, said the dentist, after a long time, with a smirking smile. Neowas envying his beam that time, she felt like he was showing off his outright white unblemished teeth. He He! she wanted to wallop the endodontic file straight, first into his round shaped tummy, then into his 44 years old pulp. Huh! All Neocould do was to remain quiet with mouth completely opened and fist fixed into fist, so that the hands won’t walk off parallel to his face.
Finally, she was done with her root canal treatment but it wasn’t completed yet. The prevailed infection compelled dentist to take a respite of one week before making the concave tooth filled and then crowned. He prescribed her some antibiotics along with a mouth wash and asked her to visit him in forthcoming week.
Soon, after Neoreached home, she went to her bed as the crow flies had forty winks, with hand directing to that concave charcoaled premolar. She was busy with her exams, cell phone, parties and was not able to pay a distinct attention towards doctor’s prescription and kept on delaying the appointment. After four days of the treatment, appalling soreness arose, which tended her to visit the dentist as early as doable.
She went to his clinic and took a quick an appointment from the counter. She was waiting outside his room with one hand on her paining cheek and the other on the appointment slip. Her name was called and she went straight in. She greeted him, asked him about his family and then sat on his dental chair even without his acquiescence. He asked her to settle down and hit some thing looked like spatula on the tooth and asked her if it’s paining. She sought to say no because this time she was really afraid of those vivid files present just before her eyes but unluckily she had to say, “Yes, it’s paining”, in compressed voice.
“Pick out the red file fast, the infection has for a second time spread, we need to clean the pulp again”, the dentist made an ordering account to his assistant. He passed the file and the dentist started doing his work, followed by some injection of local anesthesia (to reduce the recession costs, he should not had used anesthesia – but thank God, he used!)
Neo's blood was sweltering at 100 degree centigrade, but she had to put up with this to get away from random chain attacks of pain. This time she was like smoldering this charcoal tooth and getting rid of its origin, “But useless silly; this idea won’t work” - replied her unconscious mind.
The dentist worked for 2 hours working with all his drilling machines. (This drilling voice kept rounding in her ears for several hours).
“Neo, take a profound gulp of air, we are done with today’s work”, dentist lamented while waving his handkerchief around his forehead, showing that he is the only person who had worked hard. What about me who has just opened her mouth for a long time?, “Stop thinking like this silly, you can close your mouth now?” replied her unconscious mind. She was like okay! I am not thinking. By the time she closed her mouth she felt it quiet strange as her tongue was touching that filled charcoal premolar – tongue really missed the cavity. I was thankful to God that he gave us such a finicky blessing, but all she wanted was to flee from this oral hygiene room as early as possible.
She had regular medication and visited him accordingly. Her fourth visit was propitious for her, the infection was healed and the doctor was done with his full treatment. By the time she saw her treated tooth in the mirror, she realized the tooth, she used to call charcoal, had turned into beautiful white shiny tooth. “Thank you doctor, thank you, you made my 360 degree laugh come again – laugh come again (this repetition wasn’t an echo this time)”, she said to herself in excitement while standing in front of the mirror.
She realized that it was her irresponsibility and negligence which led to mammoth twinge and suffer. If she had been visiting him on time, she would not had to had all these serial pains directing towards pinnacle. Now Neostarted taking good care of her teeth, brushed them regularly, cleaned them with mouth wash, and gave equal time to oral hygiene.
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