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Apr. 19th, 2010

06:01 pm - Astrid... Toothless.

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Cavities filled with temporary fillings. It was tolerable. Then I gotta go in again in about two weeks to have permanent ones put in.

I'm writing a story about a guy who gets turned into a bird. One of the upsides to this that he discovers is, he had a bad tooth that ached a bit, and now it's stopped bothering him!

The title I came up with for this post is making me want to see How to Drain Your Flagon again.

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From:discopanda
Date:April 20th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
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I've heard of temporary other dental things before (cap, crown, bridge, &c.), but not temporary fillings... huh.

So which kind are you planning on getting, anyways? The fancy UV-cure epoxy ones, or just the standard amalgam? (Mine are mostly amalgam other than a few easily visible ones up in the front.)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 20th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
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I'unno.
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From:hartree
Date:April 20th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
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I wonder. If you were turned into a bird while having a cavity in a tooth, would that be manifested as a cavity in your beak?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 20th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
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I'm goin' with "no".

Just like how if you had lost an arm, and then you turned into a snake, you wouldn't be missing anything!

Edited at 2010-04-20 03:28 am (UTC)
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From:alfador_fox
Date:April 20th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Hmmmm... I'm going to go a bit further and say it depends on the mechanics of the transformation. Certainly, a toothache would be gone if you turned into a toothless creature, and a missing arm would not ail you if you turned into an armless creature.

But what about turning back? I've heard tales where someone recognized an individual in a transformed state by a particular scar or wound that transferred exactly, and there's a semi-furry transformation story I read where a werewolf kid has a horrible toothache because his previous dentist used a silver filling, and his new dentist could only extract it and replace it with a more modern composite material when the kid was half-transformed, (which apparently had to do with how dark it was in the room) because of the shape of his teeth changing.

But there's also the possibility that the transformation is absolute, that if you lost an arm, then transformed into a wolf, you wouldn't be missing a front leg, because you would be transforming into the form of an intact wolf.

Moreover, the process could reverse itself to your benefit... or detriment. Suppose you had an arm cut off in an accident, shapeshifted, then shifted back and because you were shifting back to your "normal" form, your arm came back as well.

On the flip side to that, suppose you were born with a genetic defect that caused you not to grow arms, but modern tissue cloning techniques provided you with fully functional arms... but then you transform, and when you turn back, to your horror, the cloned arms are gone!

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From:oniomancer
Date:April 21st, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
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Kind of like this one character from "Wolf Lake". His human form was paraplegic but his wolf form's legs worked just fine.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:April 20th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
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Just don't set any part of your story in Alcatraz.
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From:alfador_fox
Date:April 20th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
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Odd... all the fillings I've had were permanent right away. And they couldn't seem to agree on a straight answer as to what kind of fillings they were, except that they used that weird light for which they hold an orange filter over your mouth, so I'm assuming that that was UV and the filter was to keep them from burning out their own eyes. (Since I wasn't sure of the effectiveness of the filter in preventing UV from being REFLECTED rather than transmitted, I tried to close my eyes whenever they turned the light on, just to be safe, since I COULD see it in the reflection.)
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