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If you have a dental cavity but you’re not sure if you want to treat it, then our skilled dental team would like to encourage you to treat it as soon as possible because there are many things that can happen if you don’t.

Tooth decay is a serious dental issue that can be treated with a dental filling if you get it treated quickly. However, if you delay treatment, consequences will occur and you’ll need to take advantage of one of the following treatments:

-Dental crown: If the tooth decay is not treated, it can destroy the majority of the tooth, making it difficult to restore with a dental filling. If most of the tooth structure is gone, a dental crown will be needed to fix it.

-Root canal: If the tooth decay is not treated, it can reach the pulp chamber, which is where the nerve and blood vessels are located. Then, the pulp will become infected and irritated and it can eventually lead to an abscess, which is extremely painful. When this occurs, only a root canal can fix the problem.

-Tooth extraction: If the tooth decay is not treated and the dental crown and root canal will not help the situation, then a tooth extraction is needed. This is the worst case scenario and it’s best to avoid it as much as possible.

It’s best to get your cavity treated right away so you don’t have to experience placement of a dental crown, root canal treatment, or tooth extraction. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about tooth decay in Shelby Township, Michigan, please call 586-685-0880 at your earliest convenience and schedule an appointment with your dentists, Dr. Ray McKinley & Brittany McKinley-Holloway. We are here to help you in any way we can!