Can Cavities Be Painful? Signs To Watch For

cavities Cavities are among the most common health problems in the world. Tooth decay eventually leads to cavities by wearing away the enamel, creating a hole that allows bacteria to flourish. This can eventually lead to tooth infection and even tooth loss.

While many patients think cavities cause instant pain, the truth is that they can take months to years to develop. Because of this, it’s essential to know what signs to look for, so you can schedule a dental appointment if you suspect a cavity lurking in your mouth.

Symptoms of Cavities Besides Pain

Often, a cavity causes a toothache, but that isn’t always the case. One of the early symptoms of a cavity is when food starts sticking in your teeth. You may also see a dark spot on your tooth when you look at it in the mirror.

Other signs of cavities include:

  • Sensitive teeth
  • Visual black spots or holes in your teeth
  • Mild to sharp pain when drinking or eating something hot, cold or sweet
  • Pain in a tooth when chewing or biting down
  • Black, white, or brown stain on your tooth
  • Food getting stuck in the tooth or between the tooth with the cavity and another tooth

Cavities, and early signs of them, are most typically spotted during a routine dental cleaning and exam. This is why your dentist always urges you to visit them every six months — or sooner, if you have risk factors they want to track.

When To See a Dentist

Cavities, even minor ones, should always be treated with professional care. You may be able to avoid a filling with sealants, but some teeth require a crown to prevent further decay and damage. If you want to avoid a root canal, getting any suspected cavity treated ASAP is a must.

It is important to schedule regular cleanings and checkups, as a dentist will find a cavity long before you know you have it. However, if you have any of the above symptoms, contact your dentist immediately.

Find Out if You Have Cavities

Our dental team helps patients in Loris, SC, and surrounding areas take the best care of their oral health. Dr. Spiguzza’s patient-first approach ensures everyone feels comfortable and supported at our practice. Please call 843-756-2273 or use our contact page to schedule an appointment.


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