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An untreated cavity will gradually increase in size and severity. Without professional attention the tooth decay can gradually start to penetrate beyond the tooth’s enamel layer to affect the dentin, pulp and root of the tooth. As time goes on the affected tooth will likely become more sensitive and painful.

Without professional attention from our dentists, Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden the bacterial presence can invade the underlying gums causing a dental abscess to develop. As the bacterial fluid starts to build up, you might experience growing pain, pressure, or general discomfort. Without timely treatment, the infection could potentially pass to your bloodstream. In some cases, a small dental abscess might be treated with a course of prescription antibiotics and a root canal. This treatment strategy will maintain enough of the tooth’s structure to eventually anchor a dental crown restoration. In the case of a large dental abscess, our dentists might need to drain or excise the infected tissues and extract the compromised tooth.

If you live in the Derby, Kansas area and you have a toothache or painful gums, you should not delay in calling 316-788-4000 to seek a professional diagnosis and treatment at Derby Family Dentistry.