Cavity Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

Cavity Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

Cavities can make your mouth feel like a wreck. Other times, you may experience no symptoms, and your cavity may fly under the radar. Cavities, or ‘dental caries’, are damaged areas of your enamel. The damage is typically a result of plaque, a bacterial film that thrives off the food and drinks that pass through your mouth.

4 Signs You May Have a Cavity

While common, it can still be easy to overlook some of the subtle signs of cavities. Here are the top symptoms that should catch your attention:

1. You Have a Toothache

One of the most common causes of toothaches is tooth decay. If a toothache comes on suddenly and nothing else about your dental health has changed, it could be due to a cavity instead. As cavities work through your enamel, they work down into the next level, which is known as your dentin. If left unresolved, the cavity can move down into the living tissue and cells in your teeth, known as the pulp and cause a great deal of pain.

2. You Feel Sensitivity or Pain

You may just have sensitive teeth, or the pain you feel could be a sign of something else. When a cavity enters the hollow canals in your teeth known as microscopic tubules, acidic, cold, hot, sticky, or sweet foods may stimulate your nerves and cause pain.

3. You See a Hole or Pit on Your Tooth

When a cavity first forms, you may see a stain on your teeth. However, when erosion gets worse, your cavity will begin to burrow into your tooth and form a hole or pit. This is a clear sign that your cavity requires dental help.

4. Your Teeth are Stained

Of course, your teeth can stain from certain foods and drinks or from smoking. But before you’re set that whitening your teeth is the answer, consider that staining could also be a sign of cavities. If you notice a discolored spot on your teeth, your tooth may be decaying. Cavities usually appear as white marks, but they may eventually pick up other colors such as black or brown.

Making an Appointment Immediately

When left untreated, a cavity can cause so much damage to a tooth that it may need to be extracted.

It may seem easier to put off going to the dentist, but you should seek your dentist’s advice. Suri Dental Group can provide you with dental fillings as an effective treatment method for your cavities. Making an appointment is the best way to resolve your issue and make your pain subside.

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