I was just flossing the other day and looking at my teeth. I have to admit, I haven't done this often. But afterwards, I ran my tongue along the outside of my teeth and felt what appeared to be a divot of some sort. It was fairly large (larger than I would expect to be a cavity). To take a guess about 2.5-3 milimeters in diameter. I took a closer look and it did appear dark. Of course it was in the back of my mouth, but the area was rather dark, but I feel no pain. If fact, I hardly even notice it unless I look or touch it with my tongue, which is surprising given its size. If it were to be a cavity, I would have expected to have felt it. My last check-up was in May and there weren't any problems noticed by the dentist. I guess my only question is wether or not this it is possible, for it to be a cavity and to have gotten so large so quickly, especially undetected 5 months ago.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 15 - September - 2009, at 19:49 PM

  • Yes, it is  possible that it remains undetected if you have not got the X-ray done. some time the decay is not on the surface but subsurface that is deep in the dentine .  on the srface it is  just pin point and is not easily detected especially if it is between the two teeth called as the proximal surface. in such cases when the decay is there and the enamel surface becomes weak and unsuported then it crumbles exposing the subsurface decay . All of sudden you have a big cavity. in your case only X-ray and the clinical examination can tell whether you have cavity or not as you donot have any symptoms of a big cavity like pain or hot and cold sensation.  for more info on dental caries you can visit the following link on our website.........http://www.identalhub.com/articlecategory-dental-caries-7.aspx

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