The seasoned and academically astute dentist by now does have a deft pair of hands. But unlike the miracle working hands of the acupuncturist and so much like the heart surgeon, amongst other medical specialists, rarely does a practicing day go by that the dentist is not without his custom fashioned dental handpieces. You see, unlike the chiropractor, and much like the heart specialist, the dentist is not able to effect a cure without his specialized set of dental tools, whether they be handheld or electric.
Can you imagine a dentist plying away with his bare fingers trying to extricate an infected tooth? No, you can’t. And you daren’t imagine a ruddy dentist hacking away with those hardware-like tools either. You have to feel for those who so long ago had to put up with the pain and agony of the blacksmith’s work. Yes, that is how it was in some parts of the world. There were no dentists to speak of. And if there was a tooth that had to come out, you had to go to one of those. You shiver just thinking about it.
Thankfully today, that is all ancient history. So, it must make you wonder. Just how much more you should appreciate being able to go to the dentist today. And yet, so many people don’t. Those dental tools are not just for pulling out infected teeth. They are there for diagnostic, healing and cleaning purposes too. And they are so perfectly calibrated. You hardly know that there are objects burrowing around within your cavities because, these days, you barely feel a thing. Just where would a dentist be without his handpieces.
Fortunately he does have technologists to fall back on in his own times of need.