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How to Tell if Your Tooth Has a Cavity

Posted on 10/19/2020 by Dr. Joni
How to Tell if Your Tooth Has a CavityA dental cavity is one of the world's most common oral health problems. A cavity is a small hole located at the top surface of an infected tooth. It is very common in children, teenagers, and older adults. When cavities are left untreated, they can affect deeper layers of the teeth, leading to tooth loss and severe tooth pain.

Causes of a Cavity

Cavities are mainly caused by a plaque that binds to teeth. A plaque is a combination of food particles, bacteria, acid, and saliva. After taking in sugary foods or drinks, bacteria in your mouth turn sugar into acid. Then, acid in plaque slowly starts to erode then tooth enamel and eventually a cavity is formed.

Symptoms That Your Tooth Has A Cavity

Signs and symptoms vary depending on how deep the cavity is. During the initial stages of cavity growth, one may not feel any pain or exhibit any symptoms because the enamel has no nerve endings. However, once the cavity progresses and gets deeper into the tooth where the nerves are located, then symptoms will be exhibited. Such symptoms include general tooth sensitivity (which is the most common of them all), spontaneous pain which is felt like a sharp piercing pain within the tooth, black or brown staining on the surface of the affected tooth, visible hole on the tooth surface which is caused by excessive corrosion of the enamel, pain when you bite down on something, persistent bad breadth and a bad smell could also be symptoms of a cavity and a bad smell could also be symptoms of a cavity.

Since a cavity cannot go away on its own, we advise that once you start experiencing the above signs, you visit us for a dental check-up. If need be, a dental treatment procedure will be performed to help correct the issues within your tooth.
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