Left untreated, severe decay or dental trauma may cause damage to a tooth’s pulp. If the infected pulp is not removed, it could rot away your entire tooth.
The untreated infection of the pulp in one tooth spreads to otherwise healthy surrounding teeth. Without addressing the infection, over time you will require treatment for multiple teeth rather than just the one in question.
A crack in your tooth can extend to the nerve, which causes extreme damage and resulting pain. Fixing a chip or crack before it has the chance to reach your pulp or nerve is the most effective way to avoid this discomfort.
Without treatment, an infected tooth may cause a dental abscess to develop. Dental abscesses can cause fatal health problems if you don’t seek appropriate medical care promptly.