The majority of people are familiar with cavities and know the treatment process, however, the majority of people do not know the process of what happens to a tooth if it's left untreated. Here's a brief summary of what to expect:
Cavities won’t go away on their own. If you ignore a cavity, it will continue to grow in size. Decay of the tooth will widen and deepen; this will make you more prone to brittle teeth. Your teeth could crack or become compromised in some other way.
The next step if you don’t get treated for cavities is that the decay will eventually reach your nerves. If this happens, you could be in for severe pain. Often, nerves become exposed to the air as a cavity progresses. This can be an ongoing and excruciating ordeal. By this time, the tooth will either need a root canal or to be extracted.
Infection in the mouth and jaw area is of greatest concern even above the pain you may experience. Infection can lead to increased pain, swelling and other health concerns. You’ll need an antibiotic to help fight the infection along with treatment of the tooth to take care of the cavity in whatever way the dentist feels is best.
Illness and Death
Although it’s hard to imagine, a cavity can actually lead to an infection that is so bad that it can cause serious illness and, if left untreated, death. Thankfully, modern technology makes it so this is rarely ever the case. There’s certainly no need to let things go that long.
Letting a cavity progress certainly has a snowball effect. If you suspect that you have a cavity, the best thing you can do is to get immediate treatment. Treatment is very easy when cavities begin but can be much more involved if you ignore them.
For professional teeth services, contact the team at Southfield Family Dental today.