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Where can a cavity spread to?
12 doctors weighed in

David Miller
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Lot's of bad places
I assume you mean a dental cavity.
This can cause an abscess if untreated and can spread to your sinuses and even your brain (upper jaw) or all the way down to your heart (lower jaw). Lest we forget, tutankhamun, the boy-king of egypt ("king tut") was thought to have died of a brain abscess from a cavity. Go see your dentist!

In brief: Lot's of bad places
I assume you mean a dental cavity.
This can cause an abscess if untreated and can spread to your sinuses and even your brain (upper jaw) or all the way down to your heart (lower jaw). Lest we forget, tutankhamun, the boy-king of egypt ("king tut") was thought to have died of a brain abscess from a cavity. Go see your dentist!
David Miller
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Dr. James Wright
I agree with Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc ... The whole body is connected Cavities lead to other health issues!
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Close by
Since cavities are bacterial in nature the adjacent teeth can be affected.
This is why flossing is so important. High levels of bacteria in the mouth and food debris together cause cavities.

In brief: Close by
Since cavities are bacterial in nature the adjacent teeth can be affected.
This is why flossing is so important. High levels of bacteria in the mouth and food debris together cause cavities.
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
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Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dentistry
In brief: Usually to the pulp
Cavities start off small on the tooth surface, called the enamel.
The cavity penetrates the middle layer of the tooth, called the dentin, and eventually spreads to the pulp that consists of the blood supply and nerve of the tooth. At this point, the patient usually will have a toothache.

In brief: Usually to the pulp
Cavities start off small on the tooth surface, called the enamel.
The cavity penetrates the middle layer of the tooth, called the dentin, and eventually spreads to the pulp that consists of the blood supply and nerve of the tooth. At this point, the patient usually will have a toothache.
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
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Dr. Jason Alliger
Dentistry - Endodontics
In brief: Outside in
A cavity typically starts in the biting grooves or smooth services in between teeth.
They start from the outside in. Enamel--> dentin --> pulp.

In brief: Outside in
A cavity typically starts in the biting grooves or smooth services in between teeth.
They start from the outside in. Enamel--> dentin --> pulp.
Dr. Jason Alliger
Dr. Jason Alliger
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In brief: Jaw
A cavity, left untreated, can spread to your jawbone, blood stream, spine, and/or your brain.
Don't leave a cavity untreated!

In brief: Jaw
A cavity, left untreated, can spread to your jawbone, blood stream, spine, and/or your brain.
Don't leave a cavity untreated!
Dr. Michelle Gordon
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
In brief: Cavities Spread
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: Cavities Spread
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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Dr. James Wright
I agree with Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc ... The whole body is connected Cavities lead to other health issues!
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