Some quick words of wisdom

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Apr 30, 2010 in Randomness | Subscribe

Get your wisdom teeth taken out while you’re young, folks.

A random point, I concede. And yes I’ve officially degenerated into one of those politico-types who talks about frivolous @#$% like good oral hygiene when I could be talking about taxes or education or world peace1 :beatup:

But after a morning trip to the dentist and a half-dozen x-rays — apparently they’re digital now? — I was told I need to have my wisdom teeth removed, because now at 29 years old they’ve finally hit the point where they’re starting to screw up my other teeth.

I’ve got two problems with this:

  1. Law school means limited gainful employment, making this one of the most cash-poor periods of my life; and,
  2. I’m studying for my Torts final exam tomorrow, which includes analyzing wonderful hypos like Patient Smith going to Dr. Oral Surgeon to get his wisdom teeth taken out, getting put to sleep by Dr. Anesthetist… and then never waking up.2)

Needless to say when it comes to TDot’s Great List of Things To Do While In Law School™, wisdom teeth removal doesn’t rank terribly high. Or rank at all actually.

That’s it for tonight since I’ve gotta get back to studying. Not gonna count this entry as a bona fide TDot’s Tips, but take it from me folks — get rid of those wisdom teeth early! :P

Have a great night everybody :D

  1. How eminently appropriate is this emoticon when it comes to a post on dental health? :beatup: []
  2. Pop quiz: who can you sue, and for what? ; []

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5 Comments

Huma
Apr 30, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Ack. I got my check-up done not too long ago, and 3.5 of my wisdom teeth either are coming in perfectly or have already come in perfectly. Yes, 3.5. Apparently half of one wisdom tooth is coming in sideways, so they have to take it out. Half the tooth. Yes.

:-|

WTF. Weird.


 
TDot
Apr 30, 2010 at 9:44 PM

LOL yeah that is weird — sorry that one needs to be taken out :( But at least you can join me on a liquids + ice cream diet :D


 
JJC
May 1, 2010 at 12:50 AM

you can eat mashed potatoes and applesauce too :p i’ve already had 4 teeth taken out, its not that bad <3


 
Ares
May 1, 2010 at 4:53 PM

2) Depends on who fails to meet the standard of care and where you’re having the surgery done. If it’s at a private facility, you’re probably best off suing both the anesthesiologist and the dentist, unless the dentist accepts captain of the ship-esque liability for the entire surgery. If it’s at a hospital, chances are you’ll have to sue the hospital itself.

You have to have an affidavit from expert witness and unless you know someone or there was a grievous and obvious failure to meet the standards of care, good luck finding one.


 
TDot
May 2, 2010 at 1:09 AM

@JJC: ewww to the applesauce :P

@Ares: Not sure I would have remembered all that analysis on the actual exam, guess it’s a good thing we didn’t have any medical malpractice stuff on the essay :beatup:


 

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