Having cavities is not a piece of good news; you may or may not know about their presence; why? We’ll answer that in a bit. Having a big or small cavity on the tooth are one of the most common troubles that people of all ages suffer. Most of the time, they get detected because of sharp pain impulses; however is it because of the cavities? Why do cavities hurt?

Well, the hole in your tooth or cavities hurt on a certain level. For example, at stage 1 early cavity days, your tooth will not hurt and would mainly go undetected if it is not visible. These holes can lead to severe infections and tooth loss without getting detected.

Why Do cavities Hurt So Bad?

It is a familiar concept that tooth pain and cavities are simultaneous. Well, they mostly are synonymous, yet some cavities may hurt a little or maybe not at all in the beginning.

Cavities are pits or holes that grow on the protective layer of your teeth- enamel. Once the issue progresses and goes deeper then it reaches inner layers with nerve endings that lead to sharp zaps of pain. This is the reason why cavities hurt upon stimulus.

Occasional Sensitivity
At first, sudden sensation on eating something sweet, acidic, hot or cold tells the patients they might have cavities that hurt the teeth. The pain is usually not severe and may not happen every time during eating or drinking and usually eases as soon stimulus is off.

Sharp Pains While Eating
Once the cavity goes inside deeper layers, the patient feels a sharp stab of pain whenever they bite down and chew.

Constant Pain
As time passes, your tooth will hurt because of cavities almost all the time. You may find swelling or redness nearby the gum. Also, not only will it be difficult to eat or drink, the pain may make sleeping at night difficult too.

What Does A Cavity Look Like And How To Tell If You Have One?

People often confuse between a cavity vs stain on their teeth as they look quite similar in the early stages. So, what do cavities look like, and how can you tell if you have them? The answer is simple; these pits form on your tooth surface, eating the enamel until they reach the dentin layer.

Bacteria then enters and eats up the dentin. It reaches the layer of blood vessels and nerves in the pulp.

From there, it can spread to other mouth areas or maybe towards the bloodstream.

What Does A Cavity Feel On the Teeth?

Tooth Sensitivity
Sensitive teeth often indicate a cavity which feels like a tickle in your teeth sometimes. This is due to the bacteria thinning your enamel which protects the nerves underneath.

Tooth Pain
If you get frequent throbs of toothache, you should get in touch with the dentist. During early levels like stage 1 of cavities, you feel pain while biting down something hard.

Hole in Teeth
If you can see a pit or a hole in your tooth surface, your cavity has now passed stage 1. You may require fillings or a root canal for treatment.

Black Spots On Teeth
The cavities will look like a dark black spot on the tooth before holes form on it.

Halitosis (Foul Breath)
As the decay bacteria spreads, it causes bad breath or halitosis. If enough accumulation is there to cause a cavity, you’ll also have bad breath.

Broken Tooth
If you have a chip or large break on your teeth, you may have a cavity. This happens while eating something hard or chewy like candy.

Pus Formation
Pus indicates that the cavity is now an abscess. An abscess causes sharp pain, fever and even swelling of the glands. Your dentist is the best person to stop pus and prevent an abscess from getting worse.

Final Words

This blog has given you enough details about why cavities hurt and how to tell if you have a cavity on your teeth. In case you still have more questions, feel free to contact the dentists from Cypress Dental Clinic at 82 427 6620.

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