As you are asking whether a cavity has reached to your tooth pulp, means you know that you have cavity or you might have a cavity. Well there are many articles in internet with full of details talking about how to prevent cavity but here we will directly discus How do you know if a cavity has reached the pulp?

Before knowing the cavity reached to the pulp or not you should know that what are stages that a cavity travel trough to reach the pulp. Let’s discuss the stages.

What are the stages a cavity travel through before reaching pulp?

There are multiple stages that a cavity travel through before reaching the pulp of your teeth:

  1. #stage1: Cavity at your tooth enamel:
  2. #stage2:  cavity at your Dentine
  3. Stage#: Cavity at your pulp

Lets discuss each and every point elaborately to understand the stages a cavity travel through.

#stage1: Cavity at your tooth enamel

When there is a huge tarter in your teeth, bacteria get the chance to stick to your teeth and easily breaks the residual food particle present in your teeth.

During this food particle breakdown, the bacteria produces a good amount of organic acid. Those organic acid slowly day by day destroy your enamel, the toughest part of a human body.

Initially, the enamel get destroyed and forms the first stage of cavity. As there is no blood supply and nerves in the enamel of your tooth you do not get much symptom even you do not feel that cavity formation has been started.

If you do not visit dentist regularly, you won’t feel that there is a cavity at all. That is why we recommend to visit your dentist once in every four months at least.


  • In this stage you will not have any different feel
  • In the dentist look into your teeth he will see brownish crack like marks.

#stage2:  cavity at your Dentine:

The next part of the enamel is called as dentine. If you don’t take care of your teeth when the cavity is just in enamel, the cavity travel to the dentine.

In this stage cavity goes deeper into the teeth.

Dentine has very small edges of nerves. That’s why when cavity reach to dentine you will get a strong sensitivity problem. If you eat (or drink) any hot or cold, you may have extreme sensitivity issue.

Usually people ignore the issue and buy some tooth paste , advertising that they can prevent your sensitivity and avoid the appointment with dentist. That is the huge mistake and in a few days you understand that.

  • Symptoms:
  • Teeth become sensitive to cold or hot or both
  • There is very mild pain or no pain
  • Dentist see the brown colour crack on the teeth

Stage#: Cavity at your pulp

This is the ultimate stage and you are interested to know about How do you know if a cavity has reached the pulp. You must have ignore the cavity when it was in enamel then you must have ignored the cavity again when it is in your dentine, that is why it reached the tooth pulp.

In this stage you have very less to do. The situation is out of your hand. You will have so terrible pain that you can’t tolerate it even an hour, you rush to dentist.

How do you know if a cavity has reached the pulp?

  1. Extreme pain makes you restless.
  2. At the mature level, there will be swelling
  3. Extreme sensitivity will hamper your drinking and eating
  4. The entire face and head start to pain
  5. Can’t give a bite, even drinking normal water become painful

Lets discuss the point to know if a cavity has reached the pulp

The Extreme pain: