What happens when you don’t treat a cavity?

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What is a Cavity?

Let’s start by discussing what causes a cavity. When you eat food, the bacteria in your mouth increases, creating acid.  That acid attacks the enamel on your teeth.  A cavity (which is a whole in your tooth) forms when the acid attacking your teeth creates more damage than what your tooth can repair.

Untreated Cavity

What happens when you don’t treat a cavity?  Having untreated tooth decay in your mouth is like having an untreated infection.  The decay will continue to grow and eventually damage the enamel of your tooth.  If the decay remains untreated, it will continue to burrow into your tooth possibly creating discomfort and sensitivity to hot and cold foods.  If at this point, the tooth continues to be untreated, the decay can reach the pulp of your tooth causing it to become irritated and infected. This irritation and infection can lead to an abscess which is very painful and can be potentially dangerous if left untreated.

What should you do if you have a cavity?

The best thing you can do if you suspect a cavity is to make an appointment at your dentist  office as soon as possible.  Do not wait!  Waiting to treat a cavity which has bore through the enamel and into the pulp can be a costly treatment for you.  The more damage to the tooth, the more advanced treatment, like a root canal or crown, is needed to correct the decay.

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J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

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  1. Pingback: What happens when you don’t treat a cavity? | Dentist Huntersville-Cosmetic DentistDentist Huntersville-Cosmetic Dentist

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