Why (and When) Do I Need to Fix a Cavity? | Pleasant Denta

You Asked, We Answered: Why do I need to fix a cavity if it doesn’t hurt?

If you have a nagging toothache or sudden sensitivity when you eat, you might suspect it’s a cavity. Your initial reaction might be to grit your teeth and hope the problem magically disappears. And whether it hurts or not, you may wonder if you even need to fix a cavity.

The short answer is it’s never a good idea to ignore a cavity. So, whether you have a painful cavity or a painless cavity, keep reading. This post will answer all of your questions, from causes and symptoms to treatment options.

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a cavity (or if you’ve never had one), you might be unsure about how to identify the signs and symptoms. For example, you may wonder, Does a cavity hurt? The short answer is “sometimes.” Early on, a cavity may not cause pain. However, over time, pain and sensitivity will likely show up. Your dentist has the tools to identify a cavity in its earlier stages, which is why routine dental check-ups are important. If you’re between dental cleanings, or you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, here are some of the major signs of a cavity.

  • Toothache: This is the most common symptom of a cavity. The pain may be constant or come and go and can range from a dull ache to a sharp pain.
  • Sensitivity: One or more teeth may feel sensitive to hot, cold, or even sweet foods and drinks.
  • Discoloration:  Cavities can appear as white, brown, or black spots on your teeth. Early cavities may appear as white spots, while more advanced cavities may be brown or black.
  • Holes or pits: In advanced cases, you may see a hole or pit in your tooth where the cavity has eroded the enamel.
  • Bad breath: This can signify bacteria and food debris trapped in the cavity.
  • Swollen or bleeding gums: Sometimes, this can indicate the cavity is causing inflammation around the tooth.

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Can Cavities Cause Health Problems?

Pesky tooth pain is just the tip of the iceberg. Unfilled cavities can lead to more significant problems, and may even impact your overall health.

  • Chronic tooth sensitivity: Hot, cold, sweet, sour — everything becomes an enemy to your sensitive tooth.
  • Infections: The decay doesn’t stop at the enamel. It can burrow deeper and potentially require a root canal or, in extreme cases, even cause sepsis.
  • Tooth loss: In the worst-case scenario, an untreated cavity can weaken the tooth to the point of breakage or necessitate its removal.

Answers to 5 Common Questions about Cavity Pain Help, How to Fix a Cavity, and More

How long can a cavity cause pain and go untreated?

If you leave any cavity untreated for too long, you may risk tooth loss, infection, and significant discomfort. Always consult a dentist if you suspect a cavity, even a small one, to prevent future complications.

How common are cavities without pain?

Painless cavities are common, especially in early stages when they haven’t reached sensitive dentin. Watch for discolored spots, sensitivity, or bad breath as clues.

What is the safest way to fix a cavity?

The safest way to fix a cavity depends on its severity. Fillings are often an option. More advanced cases might need root canals or extractions.

Can a cavity cause pain in other areas of your body?

Cavities usually don’t cause pain elsewhere, but severe infections or dental abscesses can cause facial pain or headaches. See your dentist if you experience persistent pain to rule out any complications.

What is the difference between a composite and amalgam cavity filling?

Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that blend seamlessly with your teeth. Amalgam is a silver-mercury mix. Dentists used silver fillings for years, but now there’s a better option. Modern, natural-looking, white fillings not only look great, they also last longer and protect your teeth better. In fact, composite fillings are the only type we use at Pleasant Dental!

Is it Time to Fix a Cavity? Call Pleasant Dental Today!

Don’t put your dental health on hold. If it’s time for a filling, make an appointment with the skilled, compassionate team at Pleasant Dental. Say goodbye to your pain from cavity problems and hello to a beautiful smile.

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