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The molars and premolars in the rear of your mouth are called upon to do a significant amount of chewing and grinding. When a cavity forms on one of these teeth, it can hamper your ability to effectively chew food and it can cause heightened sensitivity.

With early detection, a cavity on one of your back teeth can often be repaired with an amalgam filling that is applied at Crossroads Dental.

The treatment process starts with Dr. Carol Halloran performing a thorough examination of the tooth to determine the severity of the tooth decay. This might also include taking a few X-rays to make sure the bacteria have not penetrated the sensitive internal structures of the tooth.

Dr. Carol Halloran will then inject Novocain into the nearby gums to numb the tooth and surrounding area. Then, she will use a drill to remove any decayed tooth enamel. This leaves behind a perfectly clean surface to cement a filling.

Amalgam fillings are known for being durable, making them a good choice for repairing a cavity on one of your back teeth. They are made from a blend of dental-grade metals.

Once the filling has been cured by a special ultraviolet light, it will restore the full function of the tooth for many years to come.

If you are concerned that you might have a cavity on one of your teeth and you live in the Waterloo, Iowa, area, you should call 319.291.3908 to have it treated at Crossroads Dental.