My dear father has always had a fascination with his own and the dental work of others. Given a second chance in life I am sure he would have chosen the dental profession. In fact he has gone so far as to manufacture his own tooth out of marine epoxy and inserts it between his other good teeth by a slotting mechanism. During a visit to India he found other like minded individuals who appear free to indulge their interests with varying degrees of success! As dad explained it…
“At the Jaipur market a 2 1/2 metre wide board painted
white reflected a huge pair of lips displaying what is
probably the most perfect set of teeth in India.
However…. the broad smile shows no incisors. In
fact the teeth appear to be a repeat of all incisors
so one must wonder where the dentist acquired his
specimen. Was it Homo sapiens?
The dentist was a pleasant young man and very eager to
discuss his work. I looked closely at his chisels,
tweezers, hammer and pliers exhibiting in most cases a
fair amount of rust. Dentists are visited by many
people even in Canada with misgivings. This man would
have had them agonising with their first glimpse of
him. Nearly all his clients were rural people and the
desperate could have a tooth removed for just a couple
of rupees. Note the hip flask with alcohol, probably
for the more vocal of his patients”.
NOTE; Photos from the diverse collections of “Anne Gordon Images” (see link in the sidebar to the right) See one of James having dental work”.