It’s obvious why the dentist didn’t think my front teeth were worth saving.

Pulling My Front Teeth, Take Two

As the dentist injected another dose of Novocain into the gums above my front teeth, I felt tears pooling in the corners of my eyes.

“These shots are the worst,” she said. “I know, because they made us give them to each other in dental school.”

I felt a tear trace its way down the side of my face, and the dentist handed me a box of tissues.