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What do Cavities Look Like?

Feb 23rd, 2024

Understanding what cavities look like is crucial in identifying them early and seeking the proper dental treatment before they develop into something more serious. Cavities are a common oral health issue; they occur when the hard surface of your teeth is damaged. Tooth damage can occur for many reasons but generally relates to poor dental hygiene.

prosthetic teeth showing tooth cavity

Cavity Symptoms

Cavities symptoms can vary from case to case but have similarities in how they progress and look. In the early stages of cavity formation (called Demineralization), a person may not be able to identify that they are developing a cavity. Usually, as it develops into a more severe stage, such as enamel decay, you can identify that a cavity is forming.

1. White spots: early demineralization can show up on the surface of your teeth as white spots, signalling early tooth decay. These spots are usually visible on the surface closest to the gums.

2. Discolouration: staining or discolouration on the surface of the tooth. It can be a lightish brown colour or darker in more severe cases.

3. Teeth Sensitivity: sensitivity or pain to hot or cold liquids. 

4. Holes: as a cavity advances, it can result in visible holes in the teeth.

What Does a Tooth Cavity Look Like?

Cavities vary in appearance, depending on the location and severity of the case. But generally, a cavity is a hole in your tooth that results from tooth decay over time. If you feel your teeth with your tongue, you may be able to sense it, or you can see it when looking in the mirror. In a more advanced stage of a tooth cavity, the discolouration of your tooth due to the cavity can be seen if looked closely in the mirror; a lightly brown or dark discoloured spot on the surface of the tooth can be a sign of a developed cavity. As seen in the picture below, this is usually what a cavity looks like.

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If you experience any of the symptoms stated above, or you wish to consult with a professional, visit us at Aark Dental; we’ve got you covered! Positioned in Coquitlam Centre mall, making it easy and accessible for any new patient to come for an oral examination to determine the best treatment options for you.

Early Signs of Cavity

If you are experiencing early signs of cavity, refer to our blog about Oral Health Maintenance Tips or visit your local dentist for professional assistance.

It’s easy to dwell and put off your dental cleanup appointment, but understanding the upsides and importance of a short appointment will change your mind! The reward for a quick 30+ minute cleaning appointment is oral health that can last for years to come. So don’t skip your bi-annual dental appointment! They can save you money and pain in the long run by preventing unnecessary dental complications that would have developed otherwise. 

Plus, it helps to look forward to how you will feel afterwords! This is an excellent way to get rid of the fear of going to the dentist in the first place. After your dental cleaning, you will feel and look fresh and clean! There’s no better feeling than being confident with your smile and satisfied with your teeth’s state of health. Ultimately the goal of a dentist is to make you feel confident with your smile!


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  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Pus in-between your gums and teeth
  • Gums that bleed easily and feel tender when touched
  • Pain when chewing food
  • Receding gums

A minimum of once every six months for professional dental cleaning.

  • Floss once a day
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, with a fluoride toothpaste.

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