Occasional Tooth Pain Is Often a Sign of a Growing Cavity

Feb. 29, 2020 ⋅ Categories: Dental Blog

Pain is the body’s way of telling us when something is seriously wrong. Depending on the location, severity, as well as characteristics, we can tell where and what the problem is. This applies to the teeth as well. Ideally, teeth should not be painful, they are, after all, part of the body. Tooth pain is an indication that something is amiss. There are various reasons for tooth pain among them cavities, infection, malignancy, and even growth.

Signs of a Growing Cavity

A cavity occurs when a tooth becomes infected and cracks causing the formation of a void otherwise known as a cavity. Cavities often begin as simple cracks that accumulate food particles, get infected and over time are corroded to massive holes and gaps in the teeth. Cavities are more common in the young generation because of a lack of compliance with dental hygiene, however, they have been known to affect literally anyone with teeth.

Cavities present with a sharp pain often on the offending tooth. The pain is worse in the morning or at night and is relieved by taking pain medication such as ibuprofen. Other signs of a cavity are tooth sensitivity. This is seen when pain and tingling are felt when one takes drinks or food that are either extremely hot or extremely cold. Other signs which are non-specific are headaches, ear pain, and more importantly visible cracks or crevices on the surface of teeth.

How Do You Know A Cavity Is Growing?

First and foremost, all cavities require dental intervention. This is because there is no scale on which to decide which cavity is likely to grow or not. Secondly, if all the symptoms above persist for a prolonged period of time, it is likely that the cavity is growing. Occasional tooth pain without a trigger is also a sign of a growing cavity.


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