Regular recall appointments are important to help detect problems that may exist in your mouth. This abscess which is not painful was found. If left untreated, the infection may spread causing loss of teeth.
Regular x-rays help to find problems that may not be visible. Decay has been found underneath this bridge (yellow arrow). If left untreated, the tooth and the entire bridge may be lost.
Recurrent decay (decay around existing fillings) can be detected during recall exams. If left untreated, the decay will spread underneath the filling and the tooth may require extensive treatment.
Bone loss around an implant may also be found on an x-ray (yellow arrow). This type of bone loss is not painful, but if left untreated, the implant may be lost.