Which do you prefer?







Six months ago I had an accident while exploring in an undisclosed location in Africa. Doctors recommend that if you move from a cooler climate to the tropics you should allow your body to adjust to the new environment. I had to learn this the hard way. Instead of slowing my pace I actually increased my activities because of my work. In protest my body shut down and I lost consciousness. When I woke up I discovered that I had taken a header into a tiled floor. My two front teeth were pushed back and loose and another tooth broke. This is going to sound gross but I had to pull my teeth forward and bite down on something to force them back in place. Where I’m at dental work isn’t a high priority and I thought it gave my face character. But while in the states I decided to go to the dentist and it’s a good thing I did. I was told I had an infection. While the two front teeth tightened in place nicely, I was told the broken tooth would not set in place because of the infection. Eventually my face would swell up and my tooth would fall out. After completing a course of antibiotics I was given a root canal and a filling was placed on my broken tooth. It looked just like new. But a few days ago it popped off while I was flossing. Again I pondered if it was worth it to get it fixed again. Nevertheless I decided to return to the dentist. This time they put a temporary plastic cap on the tooth. I’m headed back into the third world in about a week and I don’t have time to wait for my insurance to approve a porcelain crown. What do you think? Should I have gone through all this trouble or just left it alone?




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My name is William Chasterson. I’m a writer and a student of history. I was raised in the Midwest of the United States in a very conservative town of about 15,000 people. In my twenties I moved to New York which is where I’ve been for the past 15 years. After the first few years of culture shock I was finally able to settle into my environment and actually consider myself a New Yorker. For the past year however I’ve been living in the third world. I’m not going to mention the name of the country I moved to both for my own safety and because this is not a political blog. The purpose of this blog is to analyze the human psyche and to develop a theory I’ve been slowly formulating my entire life which is that we are all the same. No matter our race, gender, language, or economic status we are all of us equals. While this idea sounds cliche most people’s actions indicate that they don’t really believe it.

17 thoughts on “Which do you prefer?”

  1. Of course you should have gone to the dentist. Many major health issues that people encounter could have non existed with some preventative care. Always go to the doctor. If you don’t like/agree with what they say get a second opinion, or choose non-action, but at least you are making an informed decision. In my opinion…what could have began as a simple infection could have escalated and began to affect other parts of the body and become very serious.

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  2. While we Africans DO have bigger problems than teeth, it’s still a big problem. Just like you mentioned in your post, if you hadn’t gone to the dentist, you wouldn’t have known you had an infection and it could’ve gotten much worse. It’s always better to get checked out and to have some kind of professional opinion, even if you don’t agree with it. ESPECIALLY since you are going back to a place where dental work isn’t a high priority. So many BIG things start out as little infections just because someone thought it wasn’t a big deal. Be careful out there! 🙂

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  3. Always get these things checked out after an accident or a fall. You can die from a serious infection. And which would you prefer, a crown or dentures? You decide.

    I like the second photo better. I’m glad that you sought dental attention, especially since you’re going back to Africa, as merrymoonchild mentioned. 🙂

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