An Experience with Dental Work

I had some dental work to be done, and I dreaded going, as the dentist knew I was a Christian Scientist and I feared I could not overcome the pain. There were two upper and lower bicuspids to be treated and I supposed both on one side would be crowned. The work began after first having time to read the ninety-first Psalm, praying to be able to demonstrate the power of God through Christian Science over the seeming power of pain. I also had the assistance of a dear Scientist friend. The dentist worked three mornings on the tooth, as instead of a crown he had to make a pivot tooth. Quite often he would ask if I felt any pain, explaining that it was most difficult, tedious work, as those two delicate roots were quite sensitive and he would have to drill to their end and then insert the two pieces of steel attached to the pivot tooth. The work was completed without one twinge of pain.

The tooth on the opposite side had caused me some trouble as the nerve was exposed, and it was crumbling. I determined this work must be done without assistance. So I went full of fear. Again I had time to read the ninety-first Psalm, and work mentally before he was ready; but I did not conquer my fear. As soon as he began work the entire side of the tooth crushed, touching the nerve. The pain (or fear) was intense. I cried mentally for strength and to be left alone a moment. He was called away for a few moments in part that "the eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." Every particle of fear was gone, and the holy presence of Love even now fills me with awe. On again beginning work, he said, "I greatly fear I shall not be able to save that tooth." It is needless to say it was saved and even when working around the nerve there was absolutely no pain.

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