Signs of a Cavity & May Need A Dental Filling

signs of a cavityDo you know the signs of a cavity?

It’s one of those things everyone worries about at one time or another. If you or your child have a toothache, you’re doubtlessly wondering if a cavity is the cause.

Here are the facts you need to know about spotting a cavity and treating it the right way.

How Can You Tell Whether It’s Really a Cavity?

Constant pain, tooth chipping away, abscess – an obvious cavity is hard to ignore. But in its smaller earlier stages it can be difficult to pinpoint.

Spots that look like decay might not actually be cavities. Then too, it’s also possible to have a cavity and not feel it.

These are the general signs that you may have active tooth decay:

  • Dark spot of stain in groove of tooth
  • Feel a slight hole or rough spot with your tongue
  • Stings when you drink or bite into something sweet
  • Temperature sensitivity, especially to hot, that keeps throbbing afterward
  • Bad taste in mouth near affected tooth

Next up is deciding what to do about your potential cavity and when.

Should You See a Dentist Right Away?

If you have a tiny suspicious spot that doesn’t hurt, it can probably wait until your next dental visit…provided that it’s within the next month or so.

If you’re already overdue for a dental checkup, then definitely get your tooth looked at right away.

Ultimately it is best to see dentist whenever you have any concern. It’s the only way to be sure. Dentists have training in detecting decay and have x-ray equipment and other tools to accurately assess teeth.

Take a Proactive Approach to Cavities

Why should you treat decay ASAP?

Conservative and small fillings can stop decay before it damages too much tooth structure. Wait too long, and the cavity could become so big that your tooth would essentially be more filling than tooth. That would make it structurally unsound, meaning your next options are a crown, root canal, or even extraction.

You’ll probably agree it’s better to just take care of a cavity while it’s still manageable!

Leaving an infected tooth untreated puts you on the fast track to getting more cavities. Decay is a contagious bacterial infection. Neighboring teeth could soon develop cavities and that’s just more you’d have to treat.

Nip the problem right in the bud to put off the need for costly and invasive treatment.

There is another way you can be proactive about the situation: to not get a cavity in the first place. Lots of fluoride will harden enamel and make it resistant to acid. Brush twice daily and floss every day to remove acidic plaque bacteria.

Regular dental checkups will help you keep your cavity risk low.

Getting cavities may be an inevitable reality for some people. If you need a dental care in Oxnard, contact Dr. David Satnick DMD. Our team can provide restorative and preventative dental treatments for all in the family.

You or child have a toothache? Call us today!


Do you think you have a cavity? Schedule an appointment with Ventura dentist Dr. David Satnick, DDS, or for more information call 805.639.3050 now!