What Are the Consequences of Untreated Cavities?
For some patients, caries are a “minor” dental problem. That’s why some postpone treatment and don’t visit their West Miami dentist until it’s too late. Even though many people don’t consider it as important, tooth decay is a serious dental problem, and not treating it in time can endanger a person’s oral health. Let’s read more about it below.
Why a Cavity Should Be Treated on Time
Initially, caries only affect the outermost part of a tooth, i.e. the enamel. Since the enamel is hard, it doesn’t usually cause discomfort to the sufferer. But of course, not treating this decay in time can cause it to advance to deeper layers of the tooth. When the caries are more advanced and attack the dentin, the real problems begin, mainly because they usually damage the periodontal ligaments, the bone, and the gum, causing quite intense and acute pain.
From here, if the caries continue to advance and penetrate until they reach the pulp of the tooth, they will most likely cause an infection, which will result in phlegmon, which is painful and bothersome.
The ultimate consequence of not treating a cavity in time will be the total loss of the tooth.
Preventing Caries Is in Your Hands
Although the treatments are effective and, in most cases, not very bothersome, it’s always necessary to prevent caries from appearing. Oral hygiene is basic, with good brushing after meals and the use of dental floss. In addition, it’s advisable to avoid sugary or acidic foods that damage the enamel and serve as food for bacteria that grow in the mouth.
Looking for a West Miami Dentist?
As always, prevention is better than cure. We invite you to book a first visit with us and we will check in depth if you have, or not, dental caries. Avoid the complications of an untreated cavity and call us today at LP Dental & Cosmetic for an appointment!