Cavities left untreated can lead to abscessed teeth and facial infections. An abscessed tooth can be treated with a root canal or an extraction. A facial infection can be treated with antibiotics and may require lancing. An untreated facial infection can lead to a brain abscess which may lead to death. Seeing your dentist and having your tooth filled can prevent these complications.
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William M. Litaker, Dentist, answered
If cavities are left untreated, they can lead to many complications. One common complication of an untreated root cavity is an infection at the root that creates pus and severe pain while chewing or even biting down. Other serious complications are tooth loss by extraction, issues with chewing in the future, and broken teeth. Cavities that are not treated early or at all can lead to severe pain, which may cause other problems in your life such as eating, sleeping, or going to work.
Peggy Rosen, Dentist, answered
At the beginning, the cavities are small, you may not feel any discomfort. Later, without treatment from the dentist, the cavities become larger and deeper create complications such as:
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- Bad bacteria spread throughout other parts of your body
- Infection to the bone and gums
- Have difficulty chewing
- Bad breath; foods remain inside the cavities become rotten