How Do I Know If I Have A Cavity?

How Do I Know If I Have A Cavity?

Cavities are one of the most common issues that we handle at Vita Dental Spring in people of all ages. Many children in the US have tooth extractions due to excessive sugar consumption that leads to tooth decay. If they remain undetected, these tiny holes in your teeth can lead to serious infections. If not treated, they can lead to huge dental costs later.

However, if you have never had a cavity, it might be a challenge for you to try to identify it. This is why it is important for you to know what a cavity is so that you can seek immediate help at Vita Dental Spring.

The last thing you want is to have to visit Vita Dental Spring for a root canal because you did not know the signs of a tiny cavity. Here are some signs that we at Vita Dental Spring believe are an indication that you have a cavity.

Tooth Pain

If you have an untreated cavity, one of the first signs will be tooth pain. If you have a toothache, we recommend that you visit Vita Dental Spring at once. Do not put it off until it goes away. When this happens, it might be a sign that bacteria have destroyed the tooth’s nerve.

In the early stages, you will find that you feel pain each time you bite down on food. As it progresses, the pain will persist even when you are not biting down on any food.

Tooth Sensitivity

Another sign that you might have a cavity is tooth sensitivity. The sensitive teeth often resemble that of cavities. It will often feel like a tingle in your teeth. The teeth feel sensitive because bacteria thin down the enamel, which protects the nerve in the tooth.

When the bacteria start to eat through the enamel, the nerves will make your teeth feel sensitive. In the early stages, the teeth feel sensitive when you eat cold or hot food, acidic or sugary foods. If you experience teeth sensitivity, you should purchase sensitivity toothpaste. However, if that does not eliminate the problem, you might have a cavity, which requires a visit to Vita Dental Spring.

Holes in Your Teeth

An obvious sign that you have cavities is holes on the surface of your teeth. This shows that the cavity has progressed. You will need multiple fillings or a root canal if there is an infection in the tooth and it develops an abscess. If you spot what appears to be a hole, run your tongue over it. If it feels like a hole, it is most likely a cavity.

To examine the top teeth, you should use a dental mirror. Holes in the bottom teeth are easier to see using an ordinary mirror. If you spot a hole, do not hesitate; visit Vita Dental Spring to get the issue fixed.

Dark Spots on the Tooth

If a cavity is not treated for a long time, it is easy to spot. The tooth will have a dark spot. A discolored tooth is usually a sign that you have a cavity. The dark spot appears on a tooth before holes form. There might be a hole, which is too tiny to see. The dark spot is a sign that the bacteria is starting to get into the enamel.

Bad Breath

As the teeth decay, bacteria spread and start to produce toxins. This can cause bad breath. The bacteria that cause stinky breath also lead to cavities. If you are experiencing bad breath despite taking basic oral care steps such as brushing and flossing twice a day, visit the dentist.

We at Vita Dental Spring will give a dental cleaning to get rid of the bacteria. We will also check your teeth for any cavities. If you have bad breath, the sooner you get it fixed, the more money you can save on costly treatments for cavities.

Pus

Pus is a serious issue that arises due to cavities. This is a sign that the cavity has become an abscess. The abscess can lead to agonizing pain, a fever, and even cause your glands to swell. If you see pus, do not ignore it.

A dentist can help to stop the purse and keep the abscess from destroying any more structures in your oral cavity. To achieve this, our dental experts will prescribe an antibiotic. The antibiotic will kill bacteria, which has spread to the tooth. It can keep it from spreading to other teeth in your mouth.

Broken or Chipped Tooth

If you have a broken or a chipped tooth with a huge crack, it could lead to a cavity. This could happen when you use your teeth to bite down on hard objects. If the tooth is chipped or broken, the cavity has to be treated before it spreads to the rest of the tooth. In most cases, if the bacteria have affected the tooth so much that it breaks, it might not be saved. The only option is to extract it.