November 22, 2009

Post-Modernist Dentistry

Or, "New Age Dentistry", "Empowered Dentists", "Deconstructing Dentistry", or something along those lines. Equally potent is the original title for a hilarious slice of the Onion, my favorite news source alongside John Stewart's Daily Show — Montessori School Of Dentistry Lets Students Discover Their Own Root Canal Procedures.

WARNING - if you have a root canal appointment next week, I strongly caution you to stop now and read no further.

If you don't, and you don't anticipate one in the near future, here is an excerpt to tickle your funny bones:

"When performing a root canal, there's no such thing as right or wrong," said Montessori educator Vanessa Perrin, who added that she doesn't so much teach her students how to treat an inflamed nerve, as lead them to an open mouth and then stand back. "Sure, we could say to our students, 'The enamel here has completely eroded and needs to be addressed immediately.' But what's more satisfying, what's more dynamic, is to just let them slowly develop an 'impression' of why a patient might be screaming."

I am amazed that I'd dare say this to anyone, leave alone my loyal blog readers, but, hey, if they could say, "Have a Happy Period!", to billions of women, why not "Have a Happy Root Canal!" to you?


I swear, when I wrote this post, I had no idea that its title had a serious side to it! If you are interested, here is the link.
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