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what does a tooth cavity feel like?

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Dr. James Plaivech
32 years experience Dentistry
Minor discomfort: The tooth itself may be sensitive to sweet food, cold drinks, or just plain aching. Cavity pain may be mild and short duration, or intense and last for hours (not minutes). May have certain odor present.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Usually no symptoms: Most times, a cavity is not felt by you until it is very large and a significant portion of the tooth has been destroyed. Regular dental cleanings and radiographs (x-rays) can find cavities when they are smaller and require less less tooth loss to fill. Sometimes when you eat sweets you can feel some discomfort.
Answered on May 15, 2015

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