“Can you come in next Thursday,” she offered and I quickly accepted, feeling guilty as I hung up the phone. I had been pushing my annual dental exam and cleaning back month after month until now it had been over two years since my last dental appointment.
“This tooth looks fine,” my dentist informed me. “The tooth looks great. I will just clean out this little hole and fill it up. Of course, first I’ll check the X-ray.”
I sighed happily. My daily brushing and flossing had done the trick. I was safe.
“Oh, dear.” My heart stopped beating.
“On the outside this tooth looks fine, but evidently, an old filling got a tiny crack in it and there has been leaking. The cavity is quite extensive. I’m sorry to tell you: it’s down to the root.”