Are you concerned you have a cavity? Are you having symptoms or noticing changes in your teeth but unsure of the cause? Let’s look at some common signs and symptoms of tooth decay.
Sensitivity to hot/cold/sweets
Tooth sensitivity is often a sign of tooth decay. This sensitivity can include sensitivity to hot, cold, or even sweets. Conversely, these types of sensitivities also are not a guarantee that you have a cavity. It is always wise to have an evaluation of your tooth if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. Even if it is not a cavity, it could be something else that we can manage or treat.
Brown or white discoloration
Usually brown or white areas on the teeth are indicative of decalcification. Decalcification is early tooth decay. However, some decalcified areas, or weak spots, can rebuild in the early stages and do not always become a full- blown cavity. It’s important to get a professional evaluation to determine if discolored areas on your teeth need treatment.
Sensitivity to biting pressure
Biting sensitivity is a very common sign of a cracked tooth. Additionally, when a tooth is cracked, this allows bacteria to work its way inside the tooth, causing tooth decay. Moreover, ignoring a tooth that has biting pressure sensitivity can also lead to the need for root canal therapy.
Visible black spots
Are the black spots you see tooth decay? Maybe, maybe not. Sometimes teeth pick up stain from things we eat, drink, or smoke. These things often cause black staining in grooves of teeth, around fillings, or really anywhere on the tooth surface. It’s important to have a dental professional evaluate these areas with an exam and possible x-rays.
If you observe holes in your teeth, this is most likely deep decay. When decay is severe, the bacteria destroy large surface areas of the tooth. Sometimes this destruction also causes the tooth to break away.
Experiencing a non-stimulated toothache is most always a sign that a tooth has an infected nerve. This infection is sometimes caused by decay. A toothache of any kind needs immediate attention by your dentist as this infection can cause other systemic problems if left untreated.
There are different treatment options for different types of tooth decay. For information on how to treat tooth decay, click here. If you have any questions regarding possible tooth decay, please feel free to call our office at 919.866.1360 or click here to reach us online.