Teeth, and other things

October of 2011 is a month that will long stay in my memory. If any thing it’s the tests. For the last three weeks, examinations have have posed a relentless challenge to me and my stalwart classmates. But after this afternoon’s mammoth pathology exam we are nearly in the clear. This could have not come sooner considering that fall is the most beautiful season, and as of yet I have so little to claim from it.

In these past few weeks endless studying has still left some room for enjoying life. Church has played a major role in this, especially since I had the opportunity to come in covenant as a “member” this past Sunday. Surprisingly, a growing source of pleasure has been practicing my skills in the pre-clinic at dental school. Sure, its not jump out of your skin exciting. But, as with any skill the passage from learner to practitioner bears the gift of satisfaction – the seed of loving what you do

A major aspect of what has made Restorative Dentistry III the best of the pre-clinical courses thus far is the material that has been covered. The subtitle for the course is effectively Fixed partial dentures, aka fpd or crown and bridge. We have been learning how to prepare teeth for crowns and bridges, make provisional/temporary crowns and bridges, and finally casting and glazing for porcelain fused to metal and all ceramic crown and bridge.

The enclosed series of pictures details what goes into making the metal part of a porcelain fused to metal crown. As you can see, there are a lot of steps involved – which may as well mean that there are a lot of ways this can go wrong. Appropriately, the last picture here is a dreaded miscast. There should not be holes in there, as one could probably guess. So this means I have to do it from scratch, which I don’t really mind because to quote my favorite Irish playwright, “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” This seems to explain a lot of my life lately. But more on that later. That and some preps and a provisional for a bridge across three front teeth.