And apparently this one is just a temporary filling until we decide what the next steps are.
Just for the record, here are stats on dental health from the National Institutes of Health:
"Prevalence ( Table 1)
Unmet Needs ( Table 2)
- 92% of adults 20 to 64 have had dental caries in their permanent teeth.
- White adults and those living in families with higher incomes and more education have had more decay. [This is a surprising finding. Perhaps they're more likely to see a dentist and get recorded.]
Severity ( Table 3 and Table 4)
- 26% of adults 20 to 64 have untreated decay.
- Black and Hispanic adults, younger adults, and those with lower incomes and less education have more untreated decay.
- Adults 20 to 64 have an average of 3.28 decayed or missing permanent teeth and 13.65 decayed and missing permanent surfaces.
- Hispanic subgroups and those with lower incomes have more severe decay in permanent teeth.
- Black and Hispanic subgroups and those with lower incomes have more untreated permanent teeth.
Tables 1 through 4 present selected caries estimates in permanent teeth for adults aged 20 to 64 years and for selected subgroups.
Units of Measure: Dental caries is measured by a dentist examining a person’s teeth, and recording the ones with untreated tooth decay and the ones with fillings. This provides three important numbers:
FT (filled teeth): this is the number of decayed teeth that have been treated, which indicates access to dental care;
DMT (decayed and missing teeth): this is the number decayed and missing teeth that have not been treated, which measures unmet need; and
DMFT (decayed, missing, and filled teeth): this is the sum of DMT and FT, and is the measure of person’s total lifetime tooth decay.
In addition to counting decayed and filled teeth, this same information can be gathered at the tooth surface level. Since every tooth has multiple surfaces, counting the decayed or filled surfaces provides a more accurate measure of the severity of decay. The following tables list both methods of measuring caries."