Well, my dad broke a tooth on some pizza last week, and within a couple of days, got the tooth pulled (the crack was so deep it went under the gum line, and would've been more than $3,000 bucks to save).
Well, the surgeon asked Dad what he wanted to have vis a vis pain management/anesthesia, and Dad remarked that he'd had fillings as a kid. The doctor said, "Oh, so you had Novocaine?" Dad said, "Nope; I didn't have anything." Apparently, the color drained from the surgeon's face so fast Mom and Dad thought he would faint. When Dad told me that, I couldn't help but laugh, because my dad is such a trooper (or, alternately, so insane) that he:
- didn't go to the hospital when he was struck by lightning and was seeing negative.
- got his nose rebroken without pain management (years of untreated sports injuries messed up his nose)
- WARNING GROSS had his eye pulled out of its socket, socket cleaned of sawdust, and eye put back in without any kind of pain management
Fortunately, Dad was put under for the tooth pulling, because the surgeon told him that he'd have to break the tooth and pull it out in pieces - Dad's lip was bruised when he came out of surgery. However, the anesthesia made him very talky, and he could not shut up about how much the surgeon liked his gums - the surgeon had actually complimented Dad on his lack of any gum disease, and the fact that he had "rock - solid teeth." Considering that the surgeon had just pulled a broken tooth out of my Dad's mouth, the fact that he called the teeth "rock - solid" was hilarious.