Is this a cavity? How can I reduce the pain?

I believe I have a cavity in one of my top left teeth. I notice the pain getting worse over time and I just want to be sure. I took a photo of it with my phone, and it's turning black! I don't brush as often as I should which I'm now regretting but what can I do to ease the pain of it until I can make it to the dentist? I'm 18 years old and I've already had my wisdom teeth out.

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Answer: Cavity? How to Reduce the Pain

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

More than likely if you are having pain that is getting worse, the cavity is getting larger and approaching the nerve tissue. If the cavity reaches the nerve tissue, you will most likely need a root canal, which can not only be uncomfortable, but also costly. You should an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can perform an examination and use a dental x-ray to diagnose and determine the restoration required to treat your tooth and get you out of pain.

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