Just a bit of basic dentistry for today. Two teeth with old failing fillings – although you can see the dark shadow next to one of the fillings, the decay is already very deep here. These teeth were causing no pain and people often wait until it is too late.
Decay should be picked up as soon as possible – an X-ray usually shows this much sooner. These teeth have already decayed close to the nerve and under the gum. When these fillings fail (as everything does eventually) then the teeth will need root treatments and crowns or removal. If you get your fillings checked regularly, and any fillings are replaced while they are small, that means you could replace the fillings every 10 years and still not damage the nerve over a lifetime – if you wait till you have pain or deep decay – you may get one more filling and then it is going to be complex work or lose the tooth. Prevention is always better than cure.
But I think these went pretty well 🙂