I had the unfortunate opportunity to go to the dentist today to get a small cavity filled. As they will doing their thing I hear my dentist say something about something falling out so they had to redo whatever thing they just did. She finished the cavity filling and was removing something... and it broke with part of it still in my tooth. So she dug. And poked. And jabbed. Luckily I was numb so I didn't feel all of this. She kept apologizing and saying this has never happened to her before. Unfortunately this has happened to me before. I was getting a root canal in Idaho and part of the drill broke off in my tooth. The dentist couldn't do anything about it (???) so he loosely filled it and I had to go to my dentist in Canada (weeks later) to have it removed. Luckily today my dentist kept working until the piece of whatever was found. This involved undoing everything she just did, getting the piece out and then redoing the filling for a THIRD time. My appointment was at 9:30. I left at 11:30. It is 3:30 and my mouth is still numb. My dentist made it very clear that I am going to be VERY sore for a couple days from all the poking and digging. Nice. While I was lying on the chair for 2 hours I was wondering what they were going to charge me for this day of dentistry. I have no idea if she gave me a deal or not but I only ended up paying $25 as the rest was covered by my insurance.
I am tempted to have all my teeth pulled and get dentures. :)