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Friendly Dental Care

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Patient: Hi. Dr. Hyde?

Dentist: So, what's seems to be the problem today?

Patient: Well, I just came in for a check up and a dental cleaning.

Dentist: Hum. Open up. Let's take a look . . .

Patient: Okay. Uh . . .

Dentist: Hummmm. [Humm? Uh?] Wow! I've never seen one like THIS before. Let me try this.

Patient: Uhhh . . . Ouhhhh [Man screaming in pain . . .]

Dentist: Well, besides a lot of plaque buildup, there is a major cavity in one of your wisdom teeth. [I feel that.] Hasn't this given you any trouble?

Patient: Well, the tooth has been bothering me, and it sometimes hurts when I drink something cold. Does it look that bad?

Dentist: Well, we're going to remove the decay, and then we'll either put a filling in, or if the decay is extensive, we can't repair it, we might have to put a crown on your tooth. Or as a last resort, we may have to extract the tooth.

Patient: Uh, well, that sounds painful!

Dentist: Don't worry. I've done this . . . once before. [Huh?] Nah, just relax.

Patient: Wait! Aren't you suppose to give me something to dull the pain?

Dentist: Uh, chicken. Oh yeah. I almost forgot. We can either use a local anesthetic or nitrous oxide . . . laughing gas. . . to minimize the discomfort you might feel. Or you can just grin and bear it.

Patient: Nah, Nah, nah! Put me under! [I thought so.] I can't stand pain, and I'd rather not be aware of what's going on. And, if I need a filling, can I get one that looks like my other teeth?

Dentist: If we can save the tooth with a filling, I recommend a high-strength silver alloy filling instead of a porcelain one. It'll probably last longer.

Patient: Okay, well whatever. Let's get it over with.

Dentist: Okay, pleasant dreams. Drill please.


Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • plaque (noun): a substance that builds up around teeth that can damage them
    - Brushing with toothpaste can help remove plaque.

  • cavity (noun): tooth decay
    - If you take care of your teeth, you can reduce the risk of having cavities.

  • wisdom tooth (noun): the last of your back teeth to come in
    - The dentist removed one of my wisdom teeth because it was bothering me.

  • decay (noun, also verb): the gradual process of the tooth going bad, sometimes caused by poor dental care and eating habits
    - If the decay in the tooth is not removed, it could lead to a serious problem.

  • filling (noun): a substance inserted into a tooth to repair a cavity
    - I need to get one of my fillings replaced because it came out yesterday.

  • extensive (adjective): large in extent, range, or scope
    - Researchers have conducted extensive studies on the causes and prevention of tooth decay.

  • crown (noun): a metal covering over the enamel-covered part of a tooth
    - The dentist suggested putting a crown on the tooth since the cavity would have been too difficult to repair with a filling.

  • extract (verb): remove
    - The dentist extracted the decayed tooth without a problem.

  • dull (verb, also adjective): numb or make insensitive, deaden feeling
    - I was shocked that the dentist didn't give me anything to dull the pain.

  • local anesthetic (noun): a drug used to dull the body`s senses from pain in a specific area
    - The dentist used a local anesthetic on the patient before she extracted the tooth.

  • nitrous oxide (noun): a gas inhaled as an anesthetic in dentistry and surgery
    - Sometimes, dentists use nitrous oxide on patients when more extensive dental work is required or to help patients relax during certain procedures.

  • discomfort (noun): pain or an uncomfortable feeling associated with a part of the body
    - I went to the dentist because I felt a great deal of discomfort in one of my teeth.

  • alloy (noun): a mixture of two or more metals
    - Different alloy fillings may be used to fill cavities, depending on the severity and location of the cavity, as well as the patient's preference.

  • porcelain (noun): made of semitransparent ceramic
    - Porcelain fillings may be used to fill cavities, depending on the severity and location of the cavity, as well as the patient's preference.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations.


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