In one of the best lines of the night, President Obama described TARP as “about as popular as root canal.” I think that this is deeply unfair to root canal.
I had one about a year ago, on one of my back teeth. It really wasn’t a big deal, and it’s not as if my pain threshold is particularly high. They numb you up and go ahead. I slept through it, and I only had a local anesthetic.
I was amazed and asked the endodontist whether this represented some new technological advance. “No,” he said. “These kinds of numbing agents have been around for years.” If that’s true, then a lot of dentists who don’t use them have a hell of a lot to answer for.
Idea of the Day: Maybe we should put the bank executives through root canal without the anesthetic?