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The molars in the back of your mouth play a very important role in grinding and processing the foods you eat. If a cavity forms on a tooth, it could cause heightened sensitivity that could reduce your ability to effectively chew foods. With early detection, Dr. Bennett R. Shanker might be able to repair a small cavity on a molar with an amalgam filling.

Your dentist will start by conducting a thorough examination of the tooth and taking some X-rays. It’s important to make sure the tooth decay hasn’t reached the sensitive interior of the tooth. They will then use a drill to carefully remove all traces of compromised tooth enamel.

An amalgam filling is composed of a special blend of dental metals. Once cured, it is rather durable, making it a preferred choice for repairing a cavity on a back tooth or small biting surface.

A dental-grade ultraviolet light will then be used to harden the amalgam, ensuring its bond with the surrounding tooth enamel. This will effectively restore the full function of the tooth for many years to come. Improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine will also help extend the life of the filling as well as prevent new cavities from forming.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your molars and you live in the Bridgeton, New Jersey, area, you shouldn’t delay in calling 856-455-1183 to have it treated at Shanker Dental.