Weird Health Wednesdays: A Tooth in Your Eye, Seeds for the Future, and a Dental Spa

Son’s Tooth Makes Blind Irish Man See
Clearly, this story has to go first.

It explains a real procedure called osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOKP) that a British surgeon performed on 57 year-old Bob McNichol. His son donated a tooth and a small portion of jawbone, which the doctor then implanted with a cornea replacement and stuck inside Bob’s eye in a two-part, multi-month procedure. To recap: an artificial cornea inside the tooth inside the eye.

No, really.

Doomsday Seed Vault Slide Show
You may have already heard about this latest effort to save us from ourselves, a worldwide collection of seed samples in Norway. As the thinking goes, with pollution, global warming, and natural disasters threatening plant species, the world needs a bank of samples of every seed in the world in the event of a future threatened food supply. The seed vault is ultra-secure–with coded entrances and everything–inside an Arctic mountain.

Now, reading about the future of the human race is maybe not the most lighthearted thing you could do on a Wednesday morning, but hey–the pictures are really pretty.

Would You Like a Pedicure with Your Root Canal?
Yep, one Atlanta dentist is trying to lessen the anxiety factor and up the pampering. Check it out:



10 responses to “Weird Health Wednesdays: A Tooth in Your Eye, Seeds for the Future, and a Dental Spa”

  1. Asthmagirl says:

    I have a hard enough time relaxing for a massage. There’s no way I could relax with dental work going on. My dentist does conscious sedation where I am in and out the entire day and don’t remember much if anything about the appt. It’s the only way I can get though it without nightmares.

  2. Amy says:

    Wow, really? Is that just for major work, or are we talking cleanings also?

  3. kristi says:

    Ha! I’ll take a massage while getting my teeth cleaned, although I’m not sure that even a massage would help me relax at the dentist.

  4. wendy says:

    Oh, I’d love a pedicure at the dentist!! Where do I sign up????

  5. Asthmagirl says:

    The whole thing. I go in and white knuckle through them poking at me, then take the little pill home with me. On my appointment day, I take the pill and TOG drops me off. They put me in the chair and cover me up and give me more meds throughout the day. I get my teeth cleaned, xrays and any restorative work done. Generally I’m there one day a year for about 4-6 hours.

    I clench at night and even with a bite guard, I can be hard on my teeth. I also have difficulty with numbness and a superior gag reflex… It’s easier on both the dentist and me for one of us to be knocked out. We drew straws and he lost!

  6. Amy says:

    Kristi and Wendy, I’ve always thought movies at the dentist would be a fine distraction. Throw a flat screen up on the ceilings, give me some headphones, and I might not even mind the wait.

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