Looking at the x-ray again, he thought that the broken tooth might not need root canal work, so decided to start the drilling without anaesthetic, and he was right...no pain. However, to rebuild the tooth he needed to insert two small pins into the root so quite a few injections in the surrounding area were necessary. This was a long job, and he had a cancellation following my appointment so decided to complete the job.
There was much drilling and filling, but I am amazed at the end result. In spite of the fact that most of the tooth is now filling, it actually looks like a crown. It's difficult to predict how long this will last. My teeth are old (like me) so the tooth could break again, in which case I may have to have bridge and crown work in the future, but the dentist said it could last a long time, so we'll see.
I was expecting to pay 350 lira, but without the root work, the bill was only 170 lira, so that was a relief.
We checked again on the estate dogs yesterday, and they are all doing well. The café owner is continuing to feed them with scraps and the dried food that we are supplying. More of the village dogs have re-appeared now that Mr A is back to feeding them again. We still need help to continue so donations would be very much appreciated. I dread reaching a point where we can't feed the dogs because we just don't have the money to do it.
We managed to get some better photos of the pups, Melek, Chas and Dave yesterday. Here they are. (Seeing them thrive from their birth in an abandoned car, to this, makes it all worthwhile)