Nuestro Dentista Nuevo, Dr Orlando!
Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please come along withÂ Bruce and Mary as they deal with a dental emergency… ouch!
What is that?! That, friends, is roughly a third of my right maxillary first bicuspid. How did it happen? I was at a restaurant which shall not be named, chowing down on some alitas, chicken wings and I felt a crunch and knew something was not right with the aforementioned tooth. Evidently the cook had mistaken a pinch of gravel for a pinch of spice and I bit down just right, cleaving my tooth lengthwise. Where it tapers, above, was below the gum line.
So we finish our meal, head home and Mary, armed with a flashlight and a toothpick picks food out of the newly formed crevasse. It was pretty sore but with a little bit of self medication (vodka) I slept ok. The next morning Mary tried to get ahold of Guillermo, our dentist in Old Town but had no luck, which is pretty understandable as itÂ was Christmas Eve morning. So, she digs out the calling card of a young dentist who was hawking his wares on the sidewalk of Calle Independencia across the street north from Plaza Pitillal and gives Orlando a call. He picks up and a half hour later I am in his chair.
He thought on first look it would have to be extracted but on closer examinationÂ he decided to do a crown. After an hour in the chair we make an appointment to come back Tuesday for the permanent crown, although the temp felt so good that I tell Mary, “I could easily live with this.”
“You’re going to feel a little pressure.” Is what Mary hears. I don’tÂ hear him well enough and would ask, “What?” if I could. BTW: I didn’t even know he gave me a shot of Novocaine until my mouth started going numb. That’s what I call gentle, folks.
And that’s a wrap, folks. And nice work Dr. Orlando, the crown feels identical to my original tooth, a perfect fit. Oh, the cost? 1500P, about $75USD at current exchange rates. We asked of other procedures: Filling cavities – 450P, Teeth whitening – 1500P which includes cleaning, of course. If we understood correctly, the whitening is done in two 20 minute sessions over the course of an hour.
Dr. Orlando is new to Pitillal, he’s only been here a few months. Before coming here he practiced for six years in his home state of Tamaulipas. He credits growing up in a “frontier” state for his acquisition of English. We will be seeing Dr. Orlando for all future dental needs.
Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. Hasta proximo Domingo!