Common Symptoms and Health Problems of Cavitations

A common problem that we find at Brighton Dental San Diego is cavitations. However, many are often shocked to discover there is something wrong with their dental health as cavitations provide no visible symptoms. However, there are a few ways you can tell if you have a cavitation. Below is more about this mysterious dental problem and how it can cause havoc to your health if not treated.

What are Cavitations?

Cavitations are small holes in the tooth caused by bacteria. This bacteria is usually invited into the tooth when a dental extraction, such as a root canal, is done. When the surgery takes place, it can leave behind some small bone or tissue fragments, which can be infected and cause cavitations in the teeth.

Health Problems Cavitations Can Cause

Besides destroying your teeth, cavitations can also cause many other health problems as well. Some include heart disease, immune system disorders, and pancreatitis. This is because cavitations can cause stress on the body, and if not treated, will only worsen your health.

Common Symptoms of Cavitations

As mentioned above, cavitations often don’t have many visible symptoms because they are located in the tooth itself. In fact, they don’t often cause pain like many dental issues do. So, how can you tell if you have a cavitation?


The main way you can tell if you have a cavitation is through the use of an X-ray. This will allow us at Brighton Dental San Diego to take a look into your tooth to see where the cavitation might be located and how far it has advanced.

However, sometimes cavitations can have slight symptoms you can watch out for. Below are some common symptoms they cause.


If you notice slight redness and swelling around your tooth, it could be a sign of a cavitation. Redness and swelling are caused by the infected tooth root become slightly irritated which can hurt the gums supporting the tooth.

Sinus Problems

Sometimes cavitations can actually cause severe sinus problems. This is because the area a cavitation is located in is trying to dispose of the infected fluid inside the tooth which usually is drained through the sinuses. The infected fluid which passes through your sinuses can result in them feeling inflamed and painful.

Shooting Pain in Jaw

While not always, cavitations can occasionally cause more severe issues, like shooting pain in your jaw. Because of this pain, many sometimes mistake it for NICO, a disease that affects the nerves in the jaw. However, cavitations can cause this discomfort as well.

Where are Cavitations Usually Formed?

Cavitations are usually formed in areas that have been disturbed by either dental surgery or an infected tooth. They can usually be found either at the base of the tooth or in the tooth’s root.

Can Cavitations Be Treated?

At our San Diego dental clinic we can treat it with surgery or with the use of local anesthesia. Sometimes we may even suggest trying laser surgery, where they will use beams of radiation to help heal the infected area. However, the type of treatment will depend on the extent of the cavitation you have.


Cavitations might seem like a tricky dental problem to fix, but they can be healed if caught immediately. By making appointments throughout the year to visit your dentist and keeping an eye on your dental health, you can help to prevent them from occurring and eventually causing more significant health problems.


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