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How do untreated cavities affect your mouth?

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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Untreated Cavities

Teeth destruction, also called dental caries (cavities) is due to chronic bacterial infection.
Untreated dental decay may lead to loss of teeth, gum disease, absorption of jaw bone, and uncommonly abscesses around the teeth. Abscesses, while uncommon, can lead to serious infections in the neck, jaw, and may spread into the bloodstream, causing infection of heart valves. See a dentist.

In brief: Untreated Cavities

Teeth destruction, also called dental caries (cavities) is due to chronic bacterial infection.
Untreated dental decay may lead to loss of teeth, gum disease, absorption of jaw bone, and uncommonly abscesses around the teeth. Abscesses, while uncommon, can lead to serious infections in the neck, jaw, and may spread into the bloodstream, causing infection of heart valves. See a dentist.
Dr. Robert Knox
Dr. Robert Knox
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Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Varies

Untreated cavities are a harbor for bacteria in your mouth.
These bacteria can cause periodontal/ gum issues and can even infect your heart valves, arteries and muscle. So the longer you wait, the more possible detriment can occur.

In brief: Varies

Untreated cavities are a harbor for bacteria in your mouth.
These bacteria can cause periodontal/ gum issues and can even infect your heart valves, arteries and muscle. So the longer you wait, the more possible detriment can occur.
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry

In brief: They Grow

All cavities start small.
.. 1 surface of decay. The cavity spreads which results in 2 surfaces of decay. If left untreated the decay continues to spread & becomes a 3 surface cavity. Then it moves on to a 4 surface cavity. It becomes too large to fill the decayed area & a crown is needed. Deep cavities also can lead to root canals. Best to treat the 1 surface cavity & avoid crowns & root canals.

In brief: They Grow

All cavities start small.
.. 1 surface of decay. The cavity spreads which results in 2 surfaces of decay. If left untreated the decay continues to spread & becomes a 3 surface cavity. Then it moves on to a 4 surface cavity. It becomes too large to fill the decayed area & a crown is needed. Deep cavities also can lead to root canals. Best to treat the 1 surface cavity & avoid crowns & root canals.
Dr. James Wright
Dr. James Wright
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