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The average person has eight molars in the back of their mouth. These large teeth are primarily tasked with chewing and grinding food before swallowing.

If you struggle to effectively brush and floss around all surfaces of the tooth, residual bacterial deposits could gradually start to foster a cavity. As it continues to affect the tooth enamel it could cause the molar to feel sensitive when chewing.

With early detection Dr. Sellers, Dr. Platt, Dr. Lochtefeld, and Dr. Lochtefeld might be able to repair a small area of tooth decay on a molar with a simple amalgam filling. This involves a thorough examination and some X-rays to determine the size and severity of the cavity.

Dr. Sellers, Dr. Platt, Dr. Lochtefeld, and Dr. Lochtefeld will start the treatment process by numbing the tooth and surrounding gums to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. Once this is done, your dentist will use a special drill to remove a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel. This will prepare a clean surface to bond the dental filling material.

An amalgam dental filling is made from a special blend of dental grade metals. They are dark in color which makes them better for repairing a chip that doesn’t appear in your smile. Once it has been applied and shaped, your dentist will use a special ultraviolet light to cure the dental filling. This will harden the amalgam and ensure a strong bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you live in the Springboro, Dayton, and Kettering, Ohio, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your molars, you should call (937) 253-3601 to have it treated and repaired at Dayton Comprehensive Dentistry.