There are eight molars in the back of your mouth. These large teeth are typically called upon to chew and grind tough foods before swallowing. If an area of tooth decay forms on a molar, you might notice the surface feels different when you rub it with your tongue. It could also cause increased sensitivity or discomfort when you bite down.
In a situation like this, you shouldn’t delay in seeking treatment at Dr. Arnold H Brokstein’s Oakland, California, dental office. If the area of tooth decay is small and in a non-essential location on the molar, he might be able to repair the tooth with a simple amalgam filling.
Dr. Arnold H Brokstein will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to ensure the decay is limited to the tooth enamel layer. Then he will inject Novocain into the local gum tissues. This will numb the area to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment process.
Dr. Arnold H Brokstein will then use a dental drill to remove all traces of decayed tooth enamel. This will provide a clean surface for the amalgam to adhere to.
Amalgam fillings are essentially a blend of dental-grade metals that start out soft, so it can be directly applied to the area. Then a special ultraviolet light is used to harden the material and cement the bond with the surrounding healthy tooth enamel.
If you live in the Oakland, California, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your molars, you should call 510-482-5700 to seek professional diagnosis and repair with Dr. Arnold H Brokstein.