The Scary Tooth Cavity
Food gives you the much-needed body fuel which the body uses for its nourishment and for repair but the downside of the same food you eat is that it contributes to tooth/teeth cavities formation. Sometimes cavities remain undetected only to present itself when the damage to the tooth has been achieved.
Tooth cavities also are known as dental caries or tooth decay damages the hard outer surface of your teeth which is known as the enamel. This damage happens as a result of plaque, a sticky bacterial film that feeds on food and drinks releasing acidic substances that gradually demineralize the tooth. If you don’t brush and floss often and well enough to regularly remove plaque, it can bore into your teeth’s enamel and create holes.
Once a cavity gets through your enamel, it keeps drilling down into the next layer, which is called dentin. A cavity can even travel into the pulp of your teeth which is made up of living tissue and cells. As a cavity gets closer to the pulp of the tooth, the pulp is more likely to become inflamed.
But if you’re feeling random pain in your teeth, it’s a good idea visit the dentist who would take a good history, examine and take an x-ray of the offending tooth or teeth to reach a diagnosis of the causative factor
Here are 4 Cavity Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore
- You have a toothache, and you don’t know why.
- You feel sensitivity or pain when a cavity makes its way down to the second layer of the tooth called dentin, hollow canals are known as microscopic tubules allow acidic, cold, hot, sticky, or sweet foods to stimulate the nerves and cells inside your teeth which causes the sensitivity. It is highly significant that a cavity or cavities may be present with tooth hypersensitivity or a toothache.
- Brown, black, or white discoloration. When a cavity starts to form, it usually shows up as a small white spot on the surface of your tooth and a discolored spot with a different hue from the rest of your teeth can be a sign of tooth decay. It often forms a hole or pit that might be visible to the naked eye which is a clear sign that you have a cavity.
- You feel a sharp jolt of pain when you bite down.
This could indicate that the pulp is inflamed or dead or the infection has spread to the supporting structures holding the tooth firmly to the socket. The above symptom could also present as a result of a fractured tooth, cracked tooth or obvious cavity. If left unchecked or untreated the tooth may have to be extracted eventually.
You cannot will or wish away the dental pain so a visit to the dental office would give the much-needed solution. Visit us today at platinum dental surgery if you fall in this category or you would like to prevent the situation of a tooth cavity forming.