Risk of tooth infection spreading further

The duration of treatment of a single tooth root canal or multiple root canals until the stage of filling or further decisions depends entirely on the condition of the tooth being treated: the longer you delay seeing a dentist once initial symptoms have appeared, the greater the risk that the infection will spread into the jawbone and other organs, not to mention tooth loss.

It‘s worth mentioning that even the slightiest visible, painless erosion on the tooth surface is a real feast for harmful bacteria and their decomposing work can only be stopped by a dental professional. Otherwise, you are risking tooth loss.

The tiniest spot affected by caries becomes a target area for dozens of harmful bacteria causing decay and enamel decomposition
The tiniest spot affected by caries becomes a target area for dozens of harmful bacteria causing decay and enamel decomposition

People with untreated teeth are in for very sad consequences. Unfortunately, nobody has been lucky enough to ever evade them.

  • Infection residing within an untreated tooth spreads via root canals and damages the bone
  • Untreated teeth are prone to acute pain
  • Heavily crumbled teeth are impossible to restore by filling and need to be equipped with prostheses
  • Untreated teeth will eventually be lost
  • Neglect of damaged teeth in need of repair results in longer, more coplex and more expensive treatment

Infection within an untreated tooth spreads via root canals and damages the bone.

The surface area of an untreated tooth affected by caries deepens and spreads until it decomposes the solid tissues of the tooth, while the infection spreads via root canals into the jawbone and damages it.

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  1. Healthy tooth.
  2. Dental surface only slightly affected by caries.
  3. Dental surface more clearly affected by caries, however, the patient feels no pain and doesn‘t notice anything. During a dental checkup a dentist would detect the affected area and stop the spread of decay in time.
  4. Untreated caries decomposes the solid tissues of the tooth, the situation is not dangerous yet, the tooth can be preserved if filled in time.
  5. Untreated caries is in progress, it decomposes and affects the deeper solid tissues of the tooth, the affected area can be seen by the patient himself. There‘s a cavity visible which is a serious sign not to delay seeing a dentist.
  6. Untreated caries has penetrated the solid tissues of the tooth, infection has reached the soft tissues, namely the pulp cavity, inflamation of root canals is imminent.
  7. One of the root canals has been taken over a painful inflammation, the patient experiences pain and has decided to see a dentist.
  8. The infection has started spreading via both root canals beyond the tooth itself and can reach the jawbone, possibly causing it to decay and decompose.

The infection can spread into other organs

It‘s important to mention that the untreated area of the infected tooth not only causes decay of the jawbone, but is a danger to the whole body because the infection can be carried to any organ via the circulatory system. Enlarged lymphatic nodes are a serious symptom that an infection resides within the body and until it‘s taken care of, it‘s only a matter of time when other organs start showing signs of dysfunction.