So I'm sure some of you have been burning to see WHAT exactly it is I do when I venture into the preclinical lab (or, as I like to call it, the dungeon). While most of my experiences there are too disturbing to share (OK, I'm exaggerating), I thought I'd share two pictures of the before and after process of cutting a "prep" (short for preparation) before placing a composite filling.
Here's the before (you're looking at tooth #7, i.e. the right lateral incisor):
(NOTE: the green tissue-looking thing is a "rubber dam," used to prevent water from getting into the patient's mouth, NOTE #2: and no, I'm not doing this in an ACTUAL patient's mouth)
And here's the after (after having cut two preparations):