What Does A Cavity Feel Like?

How tell if you have a cavity?

Here are seven cavity symptoms to watch out for.

  • Tooth Pain. Typically, you will have pain when you have a cavity that’s been untreated.
  • Tooth Sensitivity. A less obvious sign of a cavity is tooth sensitivity.
  • Holes in Your Teeth.
  • Dark Spots On Your Tooth.
  • Halitosis (Bad Breath)
  • Pus.
  • Chips Or Broken Tooth.

How can you tell if you have a cavity at home?


  1. Toothache, spontaneous pain or pain that occurs without any apparent cause.
  2. Tooth sensitivity.
  3. Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold.
  4. Visible holes or pits in your teeth.
  5. Brown, black or white staining on any surface of a tooth.
  6. Pain when you bite down.

Can a cavity go away on its own?

Fact: Once a Cavity Starts, There’s No Turning Back

Experts say enamel on the surface of a tooth can get some of its minerals back. So you can slow decay down and maybe even stop it. But once bacteria and decay get through that enamel, the damage is done. “Cavities don’t go away once they start.

Do cavities hurt?

The acids in plaque damage the enamel covering your teeth. Cavities usually do not hurt, unless they grow very large and affect nerves or cause a tooth fracture. An untreated cavity can lead to an infection in the tooth called a tooth abscess.

Are black dots on teeth cavities?

Cavities form as acid and bacteria in the mouth wear down the surface of your tooth, called the enamel. Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of dark spots on teeth. But sometimes spots are just surface stains caused by foods or drinks. Staining can be easily removed during a dental cleaning or teeth whitening.

How do they fix cavities between teeth?

Depending on the severity of the cavity, your dentist might recommend one of five procedures:

  • Recalcification. If the cavity is caught early and only extends halfway or less into the enamel, it can typically be recalcified with fluoride gel.
  • Filling.
  • Root canal.
  • Crown.
  • Extraction.

What happens when you ignore cavities?

If you ignore a cavity, it will continue to grow in size. Decay of the tooth will widen and deepen; this will make you more prone to brittle teeth leaving them to the possibility of cracking and breaking. Taking it a step further, if cavities go untreated the decay will eventually reach your nerves.

Can you see a cavity in the mirror?

If the white spot on your tooth (indicating the start of a cavity) worsens, you will end up with a hole or pit in your tooth that you may be able to see when you look in the mirror or feel when you run your tongue over the surface of your teeth.

Can you feel a cavity with your tongue?

If you spot a hole on top of the tooth, run your tongue over it. If you feel a hole, it’s probably a cavity.

Why do I get cavities even though I brush and floss?

Bacteria feed on sugar and produce acids that eat through tooth enamel, causing a cavity. This is why brushing and flossing are so important- they reduce the amount of bacteria that are stuck to the teeth. The less bacteria, the lower the chance of getting a cavity.

How long does a cavity take?

In general, a filling takes an hour or less. A simple filling may take as little as 20 minutes. A larger filling or multiple fillings can take longer.

How do you fill a cavity at home?

The following home remedies might help prevent cavities or treat “pre-cavities” by remineralizing weakened areas of your enamel before a cavity develops:

  1. Sugar-free gum.
  2. Vitamin D.
  3. Brush with fluoride toothpaste.
  4. Cut out sugary foods.
  5. Oil pulling.
  6. Licorice root.