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Old 06-30-2006, 06:54 AM   #1
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Is this a cavity?

I am so annoyed I went to the dentist to get xrays about two weeks ago and he said that I was cavity free (that was the first time that, that has ever happened to me.)

Anyway, a couple of days ago one of my teeth started hurting down at the gumline whenever something would touch it (food, my toothbrush). It doesn't hurt otherwise but when something does touch just the specific spot I get this little sharp tingle.

Does this sound like a surface cavity?

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Old 06-30-2006, 07:19 AM   #2
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Re: Is this a cavity?

It may just be an area of sensitivity that has developed. Surface cavitites do not usually cause pain because they are too superficial to affect nerves. It would seem odd that a cavity deep enough to cause pain would develop in the two weeks since your checkup, however there could have been some enamel erosion in the area making your tooth sensitive. As always, if you're worried by it, make another dental appointment and get it checked out.

Old 06-30-2006, 09:23 AM   #3
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Re: Is this a cavity?

I would doubt it since cavities usually don't cause pain. Did you get a cleaning recently? If so, maybe your gums are still a little irritated.

Old 07-01-2006, 05:58 AM   #4
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Re: Is this a cavity?

Thanks for the responses guys . Yeah I did get a cleaning at the same time as my xrays. I am hoping it is just sensitivity. I just hate going to my dentist, he is specialist happy. Every time I go in with pain, he refers me for some huge procedure. I absolutely refuse to get a root canal. The first tooth I had a root canal on, is gone and the second one has failed twice!

I just remember having this feeling once before on another tooth and when I got xrays my old dentist said it was a cavity and filled it. That is why I am not hopeful. Also I already have a filling in that tooth, that is why I fear a root canal. Especially because I have yet to have this guy actually do something other than refer me somewhere else. I think that I will tell him that I refuse a root canal until it is absolutely necessary and just tell him to fill it for now and the jerk better listen. Sorry for my ranting, I hate HMO's and I hate my dentist

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