Rick and I had a chuckle when we got the call from a local dentist, wanting to order a cake for her husband, an endondontist. It was an unfortunate case of art imitating life, because Rick had recently had his first experience in an endodontist's office when he went to get a root canal. I would never use the words "lucky" and "root canal" in the same sentence, but in this case, it was fortunate that Rick had the root canal because it made him more familiar with the process and gave a more realistic representation of how to make a tooth cake fit for an endodontist. Our client (the dentist) came into our studio and brought us visuals of how the tooth was supposed to look, during a root canal, as well as the endodontic probe. Since her husband Wade was celebrating his 50th birthday, she requested for the number 50 on the probe. As I sat at the table with Rick and our client discussing the root canal tooth cake, I was thankful that I would never have to go through that experience. Then a strange thing happened a month after we delivered the root canal cake to the endodontist. This time it wasn't a case of art imitating life but rather life imitating art, and after a trip to the dentist, I too found out I needed a root canal because of a previously impacted wisdom tooth that had pushed up against a molar. I was absolutely terrified of the procedure and decided to hold off on showing the root canal cake until I had gone through it and didn't cringe when I looked at the cake.
If you are facing a root canal of your own, know that it isn't nearly as bad as you may expect. I barely felt anything and my recovery time was very quick, which was also Rick's experience. The timing of my root canal couldn't have been more interesting -- 3 days before our book went to auction! I was still recovering and at the same time celebrating a book deal with Rick. Now that life has settled down more, and the root canals are behind us, we felt it was time to show the root canal cake. I look at it differently now, where I'm not filled with terror at the mere sight of it, and oddly enough, I can laugh
at it because the timing was pretty funny and perfectly indicative of LIFE! You just never know when you'll have to face your worst fears, and then make it out of cake.