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The eight molars in the back of your mouth play an important role in breaking down food for safe swallowing. They often have deep textures on the biting surface, and sometimes have contours on the sides of the tooth. These areas can sometimes collect bacterial deposits that promote cavity development.

Fortunately, your routine dental checkups include a comprehensive exam which will detect any early signs of tooth decay. If a small cavity is detected on one of your molars Dr. Raymond R. Niles might be able to repair it with a dental filling made from metallic amalgam.

Our team will start the treatment process by numbing the tooth and local gums to help you remain comfortable throughout the appointment. We will then use a dental drill to remove a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel. This will prepare a clean surface to bond the dental filling material.

Metallic dental fillings 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, we will use a special ultraviolet light to cure the dental filling. This will harden the dental filling and effectively marry it to the surrounding healthy tooth enamel.

If you live in the Woodbridge, Virginia, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your molars, you should call 703.494.4101 to have it treated and repaired at Niles Dental today!