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Comments on Thursday 29 November 2001:
A week or so ago, a porcelain filling from one of my back teeth came out in some chewing gum. I proceeded to bite it a couple of times before I realised, and the whole thing was ground to dust. Surely, surely, a filling should be made as strong as teeth? It's no wonder it came out if I can crunch it up so easily. I often bite things. I'm surprised it didn't come out earlier, in fact. I only noticed it had come out yesterday, when something was stuck in that tooth, and picking it out left a weird unfamiliar shape. I wonder, do porcelain fillings start out strong and then, years later, suddenly become weak and brittle? Is it inbuilt redundancy, a conspiracy of dentists to keep them in work? I'm annoyed because I'm sure that if a dentist, however many years ago that was, hadn't decided that a tiny tiny bit of damage to the surface of a tooth warranted drilling a big fucking hole in it and filling it with brittle white stuff, the tooth would still be fine now. My habit of scraping at my teeth would probably have removed the problem in a short time, and not left me requiring dental services at this juncture. I expect the area beneath the filling has been happily rotting all this time, too, since I haven't been able to brush it, scrape it, or even salivate upon it. Thanks, dentists. Next I'll go to a doctor to catch flu in the waiting room, and to a psychiatrist so he can tell me that I have low-self-esteem-disorder [19:30]
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