Just finished with my first dental appointment for the new year. That's the one where my dentist gazes into my piehole to see how many of his car payments can be seen.
I was lucky today. I think he probably only saw one, which he has scheduled for 29 January. And it's just a regular old pedestrian filling, as opposed to the crown he often sells me. Happy days! Somebody else gets to offset most of the cost of his BMW for this quarter.
Actually, these days he prefers to sell the "onlay," which is a sort of crown-in-one-visit deal. When I got one of those, last year, I went into the "other room" and watched his little tabletop computer-controlled ceramic milling machine making the thing. It was pretty cool, truth be told. Any time I'm tempted to some sort of false nostalgia for the "good old days," I think about modern dentistry. It's a reliable cure for foolishness of that sort.