I FEEL A HOLE IN MY TOOTH
So, right now you feel a hole in your tooth, but it doesn't hurt yet (or does it?). You are thinking, "I can wait a little while before getting this fixed. After all, it doesn't hurt." Right? WRONG! Teeth can be tricky! There is a nerve in the middle of your tooth, and it is surrounded by two substances called dentin (the inside part of the tooth), and enamel (the part you see when you smile). These are the hardest substances in your body, even harder than your bones! It takes a while for a cavity to eat through your tooth, and the nerve is protected by the dentin. Then, all of a sudden, BOOM! The cavity gets close to the nerve and your tooth suddenly hurts like crazy. That's why it's important to get a cavity fixed BEFORE it hurts.
So, what needs to be done? Most likely, since your tooth doesn't hurt, it simply needs to be repaired. That could either be a filling, or if the tooth has significant structural damage, a crown.
Common Dental Problems
- My tooth hurts!
- I feel a hole in my tooth
- A piece of my tooth broke off
- My teeth are sensitive to cold things
- My gums bleed when I brush. Is that normal?
- I'm embarrassed to smile
- I wish my teeth were whiter