How to Know if You Have a Cavity

Lots of people have cavities and don’t even know it. When a cavity is detected early enough it is easy to repair with very little damage to the tooth. But when treatment doesn’t occur right away, it can be costly and painful. There are some symptoms associated with cavities.

Ways to Know You Have a Cavity

Usually, if a person sees a darkened area on their tooth or teeth they suspect a cavity. There are also a few other symptoms that are indicative of cavities including:

  • Your tooth (or teeth) hurt when you are chewing
  • Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold food or drinks
  • Sometimes eating sweets can cause a cavity to be painful
  • A tooth might become chipped or cracked due to being weakened by decay
  • Teeth sometimes look chalky or have white spots as an early sign there is a loss of key minerals

What will the dentist do if I have a cavity?

In most cases, a dentist can salvage and restore teeth that have cavities in them. If your teeth have white spots, they can be remineralized. Restorative treatments like fillings, root canals and pulp capping can also be used. Usually, a filling is enough to restore the tooth and protect it from further decay if the root or pulp has not been affected. If the decay is deeper and has affected the nerve, then the dentist may need to do a root canal. In the worst cases, if the decay is severe, the tooth may be pulled.