dental cavity

What Happens If I Leave A Cavity Untreated?

A cavity should be treated by a dentist as early as possible. Left untreated, a cavity will get worse, leading to further tooth decay and a possible extraction of the tooth.

Key takeaways:

  • A cavity caused by tooth enamel damage can cause tooth sensitivity, chronic bad breath and swelling of the gums.
  • If the decay in a cavity reaches the pulp at the center of the tooth, it will require a root canal.
  • Root canal therapy may not save a tooth compromised by tooth decay, resulting in an extraction.

“Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the body, but once it’s been damaged, it doesn’t grow back. If your tooth has sustained enamel damage and a cavity forms, the tooth enamel won’t regrow to protect your tooth.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.