Wisdom Lost

When I was 18 or 19, I had my two lower wisdom teeth removed, by my dentist.

Four and a half years ago, I went to an oral surgeon to remove one of my upper wisdom teeth (#16), because my dentist doesn’t do such tricky extractions. I was told that if it were just the tooth, it would cost X, but if it involved patching up the sinus area, it would cost about 4X. (The day of the extraction, wee were almost killed sliding into a snowbank.) It turned out that it cost X.

Last week, I went to the same oral surgeon to look at the remaining wisdom tooth (#1), with the same caveat about the sinus ($100 vs. $735, after insurance.) Yesterday was the extraction.

Meanwhile, you can look at my messy desk. (I’m wearing dark glasses because I had misplaced my regular pair, not because I was trying to look “cool”, as the photographer had assumed.) But in fact, I’m taking the day off from work, I’m not feeling particularly loquacious, and I’m $735 poorer.