Am I the only dentist that relates most everyday activities to the practice of dentistry?
Recently, I had the displeasure of changing a bathtub faucet cartridge, and I had several flashbacks to extractions gone wrong. I would much rather perform restorative dentistry, and am fortunate that my practice allows me to do just that. But, from time to time, we are faced with a surgical challenge that must be handled accordingly. So I looked at this challenge and said, "Let’s get this done."
Got a leaky faucet? No problem There are hundreds of videos on YouTube on how to rectify the problem. I watched, took notes, and figured it would be an easy fix. What was not immediately apparent (or mentioned in the first set of videos) was the calcium deposits on the cartridge, which had basically fused it to the brass piping. I bought the part, followed the instructions, and lo and behold, it snapped! The plastic end on the old cartridge broke, just like the crown on a difficult molar. My plumbing cartridge looked like an ankylosed tooth.
Plan B. More YouTube videos shed light on how to get out of the mess: make a purchase point, and pull. Sound familiar? To no avail. I bore out a hole, but that was a no-go. Frustration set in, with sweat on my brow beading up and dropping like buckets. I'd been here before and this is a place I don't enjoy. I took a deep breath, and went at it again. And again. And again.
Fortunately, I am a dentist and not a plumber. And, in my practice, I wouldn't rely solely on YouTube to do a procedure (although some reinforcement and education isn't a bad thing). Much like ankylosed molars should be handled (by an expert deal, if you are not comfortable with it), I called the plumber. After some effort, the old cartridge is out and the new one is in.
This is one anecdote that backs up my claim. But I guess when you spend most of your time doing something, like dentistry, everything else you see relates to it. Either that, or I just need to get out of my office more often.
Jason Petkevis, DMD