Hole in tooth....cavity or chipped tooth?

Mar 1, 2023
Hole on tooth (#7) in red circle in images.

Chipped tooth?
-Seems like also a little surface of tooth #8 is chipped (green circle). Doesn't show up in photos nor can I see it on my own, but I can feel the surface is different with my tongue. Maybe the hole on tooth #7 is chipped/trauma related also.
-No pain, discomfort or sensitivity.
-Unusual place for a cavity, doesn't look like decay and I usually maintain good oral health

-Seems like the same thing is happening on the other side of my mouth (tooth #10) green circle.

Seems too deep to be a craze line and doesn't seem like the tooth is cracked (base of the tooth near the gum line seems intact).

College student on the other side of the country with no in-network provider. Debating if this can wait till June till I go back home or not.

If it's a easy fix (sealant or filling) I don't mind paying out of pocket and getting it done here. Dentist are cheaper here and my insurance only partly covers minor work anyways.

If it needs a lot of work (crown or root canal) then I'll probably wait till I go back home. Maybe wishful thinking, but I did purchase enamel toothpaste, curious to see if it resolves the issue, this is actually my main reason for wanting to wait.





Dr M

Verified Dentist
May 31, 2019
Difficult to say if this is a cavity or not. It would need a clinical exam to probe if the pit is sticky and soft or hard. Sticky and soft usually means a cavity is present. It is important to note that a lot of people have an area like this on their palatal surface of the incisors. It can be form of dens invaginatus or can even be larger like a talon cusp. These areas can be prone to cavity formation, but most of the time it is not. In your case, you can wait, and then go see a dentist for a clinical exam. If it is deep, a preventative filling can be done in order to seal it to prevent future cavity formation.


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