What Happens When Tooth Decay is Not Treated?

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If you’re trying to decide if you want to treat your dental cavity or if you just want to leave it, then our dedicated dental team has some information for you.

Tooth decay is a very serious and dangerous dental problem that needs to be treated right away. If it’s treated quickly, the only treatment you would need is a dental filling. If you wait and put off treatment, the following consequences can occur:

-You will need a dental crown: If the cavity is not treated, it can damage a large section of the tooth, making it hard to restore it with a dental filling. When this happens, a lot of the tooth is destroyed and only a dental crown can fix it.

-You will need a root canal: If the cavity is not treated, the decay can reach the pulp chamber, which is where the nerve and blood vessels reside. When the pulp becomes irritated and infected, it can cause extreme amounts of pain and it can eventually lead to an abscess. Only a root canal can help in this situation.

-You will need a tooth extraction: If the cavity is not treated and there is no way to restore the tooth, then a tooth extraction is necessary. This is the worst case scenario and it is best to avoid it as much as possible.

These treatments can be provided if needed, but it’s best to avoid them at all costs and treat your tooth decay at the early stages. That way, treatment won’t be as painful and it won’t be as expensive. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about tooth decay in Naugatuck, Connecticut, please feel free to call 203.729.0563 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Henry Danziger. We are happy to help you!