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Old 06 October 2008, 08:17 AM
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One sunny afternoon, my best friend and I attended our sons’ softball game. While sitting in the bleachers, Doris offered me taffy in the form of a sucker. I gladly accepted. After licking the sucker for a bit, I decided to bite off a chunk of it. When I tried to open my mouth and remove the rest of the sucker, I could not! My eyetooth was firmly held in the taffy. I jerked the sucker with a twist and my tooth came out with it! The tooth broke off right at the gum.

Of course, that mandated a trip to the dentist. The verdict was a cap for the tooth, with a root canal. The dentist informed me that he did not do that kind of work and I would have to go to a specialist. After checking out a couple of men (one only did certain teeth and, of course, the two I needed repaired were not his specialty) so I would have to use two different orthodontists and the final cost would be well over a thousand dollars.

I knew we did not have that kind of money so I took my problem to the Lord. I prayed earnestly about the money matter for I did not feel that we should put that much of God’s money into just two teeth. I did not know whether to have them pulled and false ones made or just do without that one broken tooth, or what. After several weeks of praying it seemed that God directed me to talk with a missionary dentist whom our church supported. He was home on furlough from Africa and we knew him personally.

I called Dr. Johnny and asked for an interview with him. After relating my problem, he told me that any dentist could do root canals, but they didn’t like to do it because of the possibilities of severe complications and subsequent lawsuits from patients. He told me to go back to a dentist I had gone to several years before in Macon and that he would call that particular dentist himself and talk to him about my problem. I did that, and my favorite dentist repaired my tooth (and the one beside) and it cost me just a little over $200.00!

God does care about our problems whatever they may be. He promised, “Come unto me all Ye who labor and are heavy burdened and I will give you rest”. I would have never thought of going to a missionary doctor just home from Africa about my problems – but God knew just what I needed. God is good – all the time!
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Old 06 October 2008, 03:16 PM
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While sitting in the bleachers, Doris offered me taffy in the form of a sucker.
Well ...

... nah, too easy.
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Old 06 October 2008, 03:22 PM
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Of course, that mandated a trip to the dentist. The verdict was a cap for the tooth, with a root canal. The dentist informed me that he did not do that kind of work and I would have to go to a specialist. After checking out a couple of men (one only did certain teeth and, of course, the two I needed repaired were not his specialty) so I would have to use two different orthodontists and the final cost would be well over a thousand dollars.
Bolding mine. Perhaps you should be less picky about the gender of the person fixing your tooth.
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Old 06 October 2008, 03:34 PM
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Bolding mine. Perhaps you should be less picky about the gender of the person fixing your tooth.
Maybe the writer was checking out the men for a different, but still oral, reason.
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Old 06 October 2008, 03:50 PM
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There are dentists who only specialize in certain teeth?? Anytime I needed a root canal my dentist did it with no problems. If I needed a tooth pulled then I had to goto an oral surgeon.
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Old 06 October 2008, 03:52 PM
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There are dentists who only specialize in certain teeth?? Anytime I needed a root canal my dentist did it with no problems. If I needed a tooth pulled then I had to goto an oral surgeon.
Some general-practice dentists do root canals, some refer the patient to an endodontist, e.g. a specialist dealing with the roots of teeth.
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Old 06 October 2008, 04:05 PM
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Some general-practice dentists do root canals, some refer the patient to an endodontist, e.g. a specialist dealing with the roots of teeth.
What I got from the story was that the particular endodontist only did certain types of teeth. I don't think that an endodontist would specialize in molars or something, though.
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Old 06 October 2008, 04:08 PM
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What I got from the story was that the particular endodontist only did certain types of teeth. I don't think that an endodontist would specialize in molars or something, though.
I've never heard of that, either.
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Old 06 October 2008, 04:16 PM
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As far as miracles go, "Telling me to call a friend who is a dentist to talk about my dental problem" is a pretty feeble one.
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Old 06 October 2008, 04:18 PM
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I want to know what kind of dentist would give her a crown for $200. Those things are pricey! Maybe the dentist God sent her to was so cheap because the crown was hot! Though I can't imagine how you would steal those.
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Old 06 October 2008, 04:21 PM
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Maybe this lady should be praying to god for some will power to stay away from the sweets. Or maybe a tooth brush.
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Old 07 October 2008, 12:29 AM
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Huh. So God answers your prayers if you have a gap in your smile, but not if your childen are starving and your are dying in an ill-built hut in poverty and with very few resources save a well that is becoming increasingly infected.

If the resources are readily available to you, it is God's work. If not, you are on your own unless a charitable organisation comes to you, in which case God, in His wisdom, acted through the charity. Unless no charity comes to you and you always live in an inhabitable area and your children die before you, too, eventually die before your time, in which case it is God's will for some reason. Hmm... maybe His wisdom was ill spent on a Hollywood grin. Oh, but who are we to argue with His plan?

Gah, this reasoning isn't the reason why I'm an atheist, but it cemented by own beliefs of lack thereof.
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Old 07 October 2008, 02:01 AM
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I want to know what kind of dentist would give her a crown for $200. Those things are pricey! Maybe the dentist God sent her to was so cheap because the crown was hot! Though I can't imagine how you would steal those.


I think a crown is different from a root canal, but I don't know in what way.
This glurge is hardly a crowning achievement though.
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Old 07 October 2008, 02:33 AM
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I think a crown is different from a root canal, but I don't know in what way.
This glurge is hardly a crowning achievement though.
A crown is a piece of metal and porcelain that replaces a tooth or covers one that has had extensive drilling. A root canal is a procedure wherein the root of the tooth is drilled out and then the hole is filled (or in this case, covered with the crown.)
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Old 07 October 2008, 12:27 PM
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What sort of a condition were her teeth in if toffee made them break? If God helps those who help themselves, he'd have sent her a toothbrush when she was five or something and said "Look, use this at least twice a day and you won't be writing glurgy crap thirty-odd years later".
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Old 07 October 2008, 12:43 PM
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So her tooth fell out, and it took her several weeks to remember that she knows a dentist? And then, when this incredible piece of recollection occurs, she credits God? Seriously?

I couldn't remember where I left my jacket on saturday night, mostly because I'd had several beers. I found it 10 minutes later when I remembered taking it off to play pool. Clearly God loves me!
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Old 09 October 2008, 03:29 AM
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I broke mine on a peach. What was I to do? Then I remembered that I had a mother who had clawed her way up from poverty and was proud of her "wealth" Hey, Mom!

Went to visit. Teeth: fixed. A lot of pain, but I found a cool load of pain pills in Mom's closet. Truly, God gave us mommies for a good reason.
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Old 12 October 2008, 08:47 AM
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I knew we did not have that kind of money so I took my problem to the Lord. I prayed earnestly about the money matter for I did not feel that we should put that much of God’s money into just two teeth. I did not know whether to have them pulled and false ones made or just do without that one broken tooth, or what.
Maybe I've just been reading too much glurge, but I gotta admit that I half-expected that the story would end with hir waking up and finding that hir teeth had grown back or something equally nonsensical. Really wouldn't have been that much a stretch...

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God does care about our problems whatever they may be. He promised, “Come unto me all Ye who labor and are heavy burdened and I will give you rest”
Dude. You broke you tooth while enjoying a piece of candy at a softball game. How on earth does that constitute a heavy burden from labor?
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Old 19 October 2008, 04:57 AM
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Of course, that mandated a trip to the dentist. The verdict was a cap for the tooth, with a root canal. The dentist informed me that he did not do that kind of work and I would have to go to a specialist. After checking out a couple of men (one only did certain teeth and, of course, the two I needed repaired were not his specialty) so I would have to use two different orthodontists and the final cost would be well over a thousand dollars.
1. Wait ... you broke one tooth, but you need two repaired?
2. Orthodontists don't do root canals.
3. My regular dentist did all my root canals, although I did have to go to an endodontist for my implants.

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I knew we did not have that kind of money so I took my problem to the Lord. I prayed earnestly about the money matter for I did not feel that we should put that much of God’s money into just two teeth.
4. God's money? I thought it was your money.

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I did that, and my favorite dentist repaired my tooth (and the one beside) and it cost me just a little over $200.00!
5. You get what you pay for.

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God does care about our problems whatever they may be.
6. For very limited values of "our".
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Old 19 October 2008, 03:00 PM
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Did anybody else notice it went from one tooth to two teeth?
What was up with that?
I know it's probably too much to ask to expect rationality, but it bugs me when it changes mid-glurge.
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