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Hole in a Tooth

Initially, when you first develop a cavity, there may be few, if any, symptoms.


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As the hole becomes larger, it may cause dental problems that include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Brown or black stains on the affected tooth
  • Pain when you bite or chew
  • Toothache or pain at other times

What Can Cause a Hole in a Tooth?

If you have teeth, you are at risk of getting tooth decay. Various risk factors can cause tooth decay.

How Poor Oral Hygiene Can Cause Cavities?

Most often, inadequate brushing and flossing cause tooth decay, allowing plaque to form. When plaque isn’t removed regularly, it soon hardens into calculus or tartar, which is difficult to remove and protects the bacteria in plaque. The bacteria in plaque produce acid that removes minerals from the tooth enamel, eventually eroding it and creating a tiny hole in a tooth.

Does Frequently Snacking Can Lead to a Hole in a Tooth?

Snacking frequently between meals on sugary or starchy foods provides fuel for harmful bacteria to thrive. Consequently, they produce more acid to attack teeth. Sipping frequently on acidic beverages has a similar effect on your teeth.

The Location of the Tooth

Some teeth are simply harder to clean than others and especially your back teeth. These teeth have lots of grooves and fissures designed to grind food but which can easily trap food and plaque.

What Causes Holes in Infants Teeth?

Even infants can develop cavities and especially when given a bedtime bottle filled with a sugary liquid. While soothing, these liquids will bathe the infant’s teeth with sugar, allowing harmful plaque to form more easily and to erode their tooth enamel. Toddlers given a sippy cup to enjoy over several hours are also at risk for the same reasons.

How Can a Dentist Treat a Hole in the Tooth?

We treat a hole in a tooth exactly like any form of tooth decay. A tiny hole in a tooth that is little more than a small pit may be reversible with fluoride applications. Fluoride helps to harden the tooth surface, preventing further tooth decay. A larger hole in a tooth needs filling with a suitable restorative material that may be tooth-colored composite resin or amalgam.

How to Prevent a Hole in a Tooth?

Tooth decay is preventable with proper oral care that includes a regular regime of twice-daily brushing and once-a-day flossing. Regular checkups and hygiene appointments are also crucial. During your regular checkup, our dentist can carefully assess each tooth for any soft areas that can indicate the very first sign of decay. Hygiene appointments remove calculus buildup from teeth, getting rid of harmful plaque bacteria.
If we notice you have a problem with tooth decay despite good oral care, we may suggest reviewing your diet. Your food choices and even the times you eat certain foods can make a considerable difference to your risk of tooth decay.

Our general dental specialists here at Gentle Dental can discuss all the cavity or hole in a tooth treatment options suitable for your situation. For more information about the best treatment for cavity in Queens, contact Gentle Dental at (718) 461-0100.


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