What Happens if Tooth Decay is not Treated?

Posted on: January 16, 2019

Tooth decay is something that should not be taken lightly. While a lot of people actually do have tooth decay, they may not even realize it because it can so easily go unnoticed. However, caring properly for the teeth should help a person avoid tooth decay but on the off chance that one still experiences it, they need to get it treated immediately by their dentist.

Most people may not even be aware of what to look for when tooth decay is forming. It’s important to talk with the dentist to know what the signs are. If you begin to notice tooth decay on any of your teeth then visit your dentist immediately. Leaving tooth decay untreated can cause severe problems later on. Today, we will discuss what can happen if tooth decay goes untreated.

Effects of not treating tooth decay

Being aware of what can happen if a person doesn’t have their tooth decay treated can be beneficial to those who think they might have decay forming. It is good to know what can happen in order to motivate a person to visit their dentist.

Dental filling

When tooth decay is not immediately addressed, a cavity may form, which would lead to the need for a filling. It is often hard for a dentist to discover tooth decay and rid of it without the use of a dental filling. A dental filling will provide a patient with an ability to use their tooth naturally again. Fillings aren’t a painful procedure but they do involve a longer visit to the dentist.

Dental crown

If tooth decay is serious and if it has reached the dentin layer (the layer past the enamel), then a dentist will typically advise that a dental crown is placed. Once the decay reaches the dentin layer, there is not much a dentist can do other than place a dental crown on the damaged tooth. A dental crown can help save and restore the tooth, and the crown can be completed in just one visit with our advanced CEREC same-day crown technology.

An abscessed tooth

Once tooth decay reaches the point that it turns into a tooth abscess, a person needs to be prepared for what is next. An abscessed tooth can be painful, expensive and extremely hard to treat. A dentist will examine the tooth and see what can be done but typically an extraction is needed if there is no hope in saving the tooth. Another popular option to treat an abscessed tooth is to have a root canal procedure, which as most people know can be a painful procedure. However, root canal therapy does not need to be painful with the use of our laser root canal therapy. Treatment is precise and gentle, the infected area is treated with pulses of light.

Conclusion

Ignoring tooth decay and letting it go untreated can be potentially dangerous for a person and their mouth. It is crucial to maintain good oral health in order to avoid involved and expensive procedures like root canals or dental crowns. It’s important for a person to visit with their dentist regularly in order to ensure that their teeth are in the best shape possible.

If you have further questions about what can happen if you ignore tooth decay then reach out to us today. We’re happy to help you in any way that we can. Our trained office staff can walk you through tooth decay treatments. Call us today!

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