What to do when you suddenly have an aching tooth in a little town in a country where you don’t speak the language? Despair, was the first feeling we had. Then we remembered, one of our cruising friends here at the marina had lost his tooth a few weeks earlier and had it put back in. He was happy enough with the result and the price that he recommended having the marina office make an appointment for us. We had no better alternative, so we went to the appointment to get the tooth checked out. Consultation was done via smart phones and Google Translate – where would we be without technology?! And after a few translation sessions the verdict was simple: Root canal! The following day we came back for the procedure and Alistair put on his brave face, although I could see the stress in his eyes. A dentist you can understand is scary enough, but a dentist who does not speak your language is even scarier. But, from what I could tell, the root canal was a success and Alistair had no more pain (a few hours later he had feeling in his face and nose again, too, which is a plus).
Now, we should have gone back to the dentist to get a crown done, we already had an appointment – but then we cancelled. Why? A few reasons came together, probably: Not speaking the language, not having pain anymore, not having too much faith in south Italian dentistry (sorry!), and a message from our friend saying that his tooth had become loose and he will need to get a new implant in 3 months (in England). With the urgency of the pain gone, we decided to cancel our next appointment and do some more research to see if we can find a better alternative. Fingers crossed!
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