On Friday I had a broken filling repaired. I only have two fillings and they are either side of a gap in which food is always getting caught, which is I am sure, the reason both these teeth have decayed. The dentist was putting in an expensive filling that would not break and that was computer designed to fill wherever it was meant to go. I had asked if he could just make the filling bigger and make it close this gap entirely. He said that this was possible. I had been very much looking forward to banishing this annoying gap.
I had imagined that the gap would be entirely filled with filling, essentially joining my two teeth together with no space at all between to form one tooth. But as it turned out he just extended the filling at the top to lessen the gap where food could get in. The gap at the bottom remains. I was a bit disappointed. I had been looking forward to having one big gapless tooth and had in fact started fantasising about having all the gaps in my teeth filled in the way I imagined so that I only had two discernable teeth, one on the top jaw and one on the bottom. This would make cleaning much easier, flossing unnecessary and surely cut cavities and decay significantly. Especially if each super tooth was coated in some plastic polymer that made it impossible for food to get to actual enamel. I would really like it if my teeth could be this way and I hope any denists reading this will take my proposals seriously and look into a way of implementing it. Though of course it wouldn't really be in the dentists' interests. My brave new world of everyone having two long plastic coated teeth with no gaps in them would initially create a lot of work for them, but then once everyone had them there would be pretty much nothing left for dentists to do. That is, I can only assume, why this obvious plan of mine has never been instituted before.
And exciting news on the bookcrossing front. The family that picked up my book at the British Library have registered the Vonnegut tome and it turns out they have taken it back to Toronto where they live and where they plan to release it. How brilliant is that? I wonder what country my trainers are in. Due to the lack of trainercrossing website I will never know, but I like to imagine they were picked up by a biped alien (or two uniped aliens) and are currently somewhere on Pluto. Stranger things have happened.
No, thinking about it, they haven't.