It’s a bit like having to be told how to do up your seat belt every time you get on a plane – is there anyone who doesn’t know that stuff? Anyway, lets get back to the fact that we do dentistry better than the other guys in the district. So perhaps that’s all we need to say.
Now this is an interesting part of the office at 19 Alpers. Dr John used to do all this stuff. In fact, he was very good at it. And, having spent 27 years in Greymouth, he has probably extracted more teeth than most Auckland dentists put together. It is recorded that there were some days when he scored a century in molar removals.
But he doesn’t do any of those ordinary dental things now. Why? Well a life time of peering into little holes down the back of saliva filled mouths, putting up with being bitten by ungrateful patients [thankfully before the arrival of the AIDS virus], inhaling mercury fumes, and going deaf from the constant whine of the high speed drills is enough to send anyone nuts. Not that Dr John is, but he certainly doesn’t hear as good as he should. Did you know that ACC pay for hearing aids for dentists as a work related complaint?