Signs You Might Have A Cavity

Dental_careOne of the most common of all dental care challenges comes from tooth decay, which can cause cavities. Cavity development can be slow and insidious, and obvious symptoms may not emerge until the decay has traveled deep inside of a tooth.

Luckily, cavities are highly preventable and are usually very treatable. Here are some indications that a cavity may be present in your mouth. If any of these situations apply to you, seek dental care immediately.

  • Chalky or discolored spots on the teeth. This is a sign that characterizes the earliest stages of tooth decay, when bacteria and sugary carbohydrates are forming plaque that is demineralizing your teeth.
  • Highly sensitive teeth. If your tooth is sensitive to cold, it means that the pulp is still alive. Sensitivity to heat may indicate a dead or dying tooth.
  • Mild to sharp pain in your teeth. This is especially significant if the pain happens when you bite down.
  • Teeth cracking or chipping off. This can indicate that a tooth’s structure has become very weak.
  • Pus/swelling in the gums. This can mean the cavity is so advanced that a serious dental infection is also present.

There are two main paths taken by your dentist to treat cavities. A tooth that is only beginning to be impacted by a cavity may be able to be rebuilt with fluoride varnish or washes. If a tooth’s structure has been weakened greatly by a cavity, it can be restored with procedures such as fillings, crowns, or a root canal.

“Your dental care professional will monitor your teeth for signs of tooth decay,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix. “They can help determine whether you have a cavity and the best way to treat it.”


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