Everything you need to know about tooth cavities? Causes, Symptoms, treatment

Everything you need to know about tooth cavities? Causes, Symptoms, treatment

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Cavities or caries are the first signs of tooth decay. Read the article to discover everything about dental cavities, pain, symptoms, treatment and home remedies for relief.

Whether it’s a stabbing sensation or a dull throb in your teeth, it’s a sign that your teeth are at risk of cavities or are already having one that needs attention.  Most of the time cavities do not hurt until they reach deep and hit the nerve.

But, it’s not possible every time to see the dentist right away. Dr. Mehak Sharma- the best dentist in Ludhiana unveils everything you want to know about dental cavities or caries. Keep reading to unveil what cavities are, why do they hurt, symptoms, OTC medications and home remedies for immediate relief.

Why do cavities pain?

The sensitive dentine and the never pulp gets exposed when a cavity is formed. This leads to pain when anything touches the nerve. The pain usually occurs when we eat cold or sweet foods. Tooth decay is termed as the cavity which can be easily seen from the eye in the initial stages and felt by the tongue at later stages when it goes deep.

What are the symptoms of cavity formation?

The cavity eats away the enamel of the tooth, leaving the teeth sensitive. The patient may feel a sharp pain while eating, drinking hot or cold foods. These cavities when left untreated, grow deep affecting the nerve underneath that causes intense unbearable pain.  

The infection-causing bacteria can get in the gums and further causes more damage and serious infections. Symptoms of mild-to-moderate cavity formation are:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Occasional toothaches that generally go away with OTC medications
  • Sensitivity while chewing
  • Discolouration of teeth

When these cavities grow large/deep, it results in tooth abscess. If you face any of these symptoms, it’s high time to see a dentist.

  • Intense pain in a single tooth
  • Pain ranging from pounding to throbbing or burning
  • Nausea, fever
  • Swelling of face or gums
  • Pain in your ears, jaws or gums
  • Severe toothache interfering in daily activities and hampering sleep

What causes cavities?

A prime reason for tooth cavities is the bacteria that live in our teeth. Poor oral hygiene, not brushing and flossing properly result in food particles getting stuck in the teeth. The bacteria in our mouth feed on sugary stuff that eats away the enamel of the tooth resulting in tooth decay.

How to get immediate relief from cavity pain at home?

For immediate cavity pain relief Dr. Vivek Sharma- the best dentist in Ludhiana suggests some effective home remedies that you can try at your place.

  • Warm Saline rinses

Add a spoon of salt in lukewarm water and rinse your mouth with it. Warm saline water kills the bacteria and loses the gums which is quite effective in reducing cavity pain temporarily.

  • Numbing gels

There are many OTC (over the counter) medical gels that help in numbing the area and temporarily soothes the pain.

  • Clove oil

Massaging the gums and teeth with clove oil significantly helps in reducing cavity pain. 

  • Pain killers

Some OTC medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen etc helps in controlling the pain temporarily.

  • De-Sensitizing toothpastes

Using a de-sensitizing toothpaste can help you get relief from cavity pain as well as tooth sensitivity.

In-clinic cavity treatment

It’s always better to visit the dentist once in six months so as to ensure a better oral hygiene and control the tooth cavity at its early stage.

If you’re facing any of the symptoms listed above, visit your dentist immediately for the right diagnosis and treatment plan. The treatment may include:

  • Dental fillings
  • Root canal Treatment
  • Crowns
  • Orthodontic care (braces, aligners)
  • Antibiotics

Sharma Dental Clinic- The best dental clinic for cavity treatment

Though cavity pain is intense but it is treatable. The dentists at Sharma Dental Clinic- Dr. Vivek Sharma and Dr. Mehak Sharma are seasoned in treating dental problems for all age groups.

You can try these home remedies to ease out your pain before you plan to see a doctor. 

Having an intense pain in your tooth? Don’t panic! Just call us and book an appointment today for the right diagnosis and best treatment.

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