Many people go to the dentist to have their cavities fixed only to find out that the damage is already too severe. These large cavities usually mean more expensive dental treatments or worse, extraction. Here’s a few signs that can mean the start/presence of a tooth decay.
Blackish or brownish discolorations on the surface of the tooth are one of the most frequently seen signs of decay and usually give the dentist an idea of how big the infection has reached. These discolorations do not involve the whole surface of the tooth unlike those on tooth stains (coming from the likes of drinking tea or smoking tobacco).
Pits and Holes
Visible pits and holes that usually accompany the discoloration is also a common sign of tooth decay. This is due to the breakdown of the hard tooth surface by the bacteria that thrives in the mouth and feeds off on the food debris and sugars that we are not able to clean off our teeth.
Sensitivity upon eating or drinking cold or hot drinks is also a sign of a dental cavity. When the decay has reached the deeper parts of the tooth and comes close to the central nerve and blood supply of the tooth, the changes in temperature as well as the pressure of food that might pack into the teeth can illicit responses which range from mild sensitivity to more obvious feelings of discomfort.
When the infection becomes severe that the central part of the tooth becomes involved, the sensitivity worsens to pain which can range from mild to severe. This can be spontaneous or non-spontaneous and can last from seconds to hours.
Depending on the tooth evaluation, the tooth in question might need to have root canal treatment or possibly be better off extracted.
Severe symptoms of tooth decay can include abscess formation which might leave a salt rusty taste in the mouth. Swelling in the area as well as a general feeling of unwell can also arise in some severe cases.
If you think that you have a dental decay, visit your dentist for a professional consult. This would help in determining if the symptoms do point to a dental cavity and the dentist can give you the different treatment options that are best suited for your tooth/teeth.