Can Leaving a Simple Cavity Untreated Lead To Bigger Oral Issues?

You might be the type that does anything to avoid the dentist until you are left with extreme pain in your mouth. Or, perhaps you are the type that is okay with dentists but don’t want to make a big deal about your tooth pain. What happens when you leave a single cavity untreated? Should you worry?

Where do Cavities Come From?

leaving a cavity untreated“Dental Caries”, AKA Cavities are pits or holes that cause damage to your teeth. Tooth decay, which is quite common as we put our mouths in the line of foods that can cause potential harm to our teeth.

Cavities start like this:

  • Bacteria in the mouth can lead to sugar build up that in-turn changes chemically into starch and acid. The combo of acid, food bits, bacteria and saliva become a cocktail known as plaque. This plaque will then begin to adhere to your tooth’s enamel, typically, just above your gum line in less than 20 minutes after eating.
  • Plaque then builds up and becomes tartar further irritating gums which can also lead to gingivitis and eventually can lead to periodontal disease causing tooth loss.
  • As acid builds up, it becomes lethal to your enamel. This creates wholes in your teeth known as cavities.
  • Leaving even one cavity untreated is an issue. This leads to the possibilities of tooth abscess which can create an infection within the tooth itself. Once the center of the tooth is infected, the outcome is tooth extraction, which is never pleasant.
  • If continued ignoring of cavities continues it can create havoc across other teeth which will result in more extractions.

It is important to take care of small cavities in order to preserve your teeth and smile. Early detection is the key. Don’t be embarrassed. Cavities can happen to anyone. The important thing is to ensure early detection to reduce the effects of more invasive oral issues.

What treatments are available after a cavity is discovered?

When a cavity is found, your dentist will start by suggesting a relevant treatment plan. The typical route is using dental fillings to stop the spread of tooth decay. Completed in a dentist’s chair in one dentist visit, the procedure is designed to fill the whole and prevent the spread of plaque within your teeth and gum line.

Cavity Prevention Tips

Preventing cavities after a filling is important. Ensure you have at least two dental visits a year for cleanings. This reduces plaque build-up. You should also be alert to how often you brush your teeth. It is recommended to brush twice a day as well as floss regularly.

If left  untreated oral pain easily increases, but with a oral cleaning regimen you can remain cavity free.

If you suspect you have a cavity, call our dentist office and we can diagnose and repair your teeth.


Finding a Dentist in Greeley Colorado is easy.

But,  how do you know you have found the right Dentist who can take care of your oral needs?

Finding a Dentists in Greeley


Hopefully, we can help you understand the differences between dental providers so you can feel confidant about your choice.

The first thing to consider is your Dentists specialty. Whether it is sedation dentistry or family dentistry, you have to ask yourself, what your needs are.

Here is a quick breakdown:

Does the Dentist have specialties in more advanced procedures should you need it or can they give you a good referral when things pop up like the need for crowns or cosmetic tooth restoration? If not, you may be searching for another Dentist taking away time from your busy schedule.

  • Sedation Dentistry – Do you foresee a need for sedation to alleviate pain for more in-depth procedures?

What is your pain tolerance and do you need a Dentist that can address your comfort level?

  • Denture Specialist – Do you know if you may need dentures down the road or need denture maintenance?

Dentures are a great way to give you a better smile if you are missing teeth, but without the right dentist you might not like the outcome.  In this case, be sure to find out if your Dentist has a mix of experience and ways to help you feel more comfortable while in the chair.

  • Cosmetic Dentistry – This can vary from teeth whitening procedures to improving the look of your smile using the latest dental techniques.

Do you anticipate the need for making your smile better? Keep this in mind, as some Dentist shy away from cosmetic procedures to enhance your smile.

  • Implant Restoration Dentistry – If you currently have implants that need work, you should probably have a Dentist who excels in this specialty of dentistry which seems obvious, but is not always the case.

Making the right choice about your dentist is an important one. At Northern Colorado Dental Care we are one of a few Dentists in Greeley, CO that specializes in many procedures, both common and rare, when many only have a couple specialties under their belt. Make your next appointment with us!