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The eight molars in the back of your mouth are called upon to do a significant amount of chewing and grinding. When a cavity forms on one of these workhorse teeth, the heightened sensitivity and discomfort can significantly impair your ability to chew. With early detection, Dr. Richard Mantoan might be able to repair a modest cavity at his Flossmoor, Illinois, clinic with an amalgam filling.

Dr. Richard Mantoan will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. Then, he will inject Novocain into the local gum tissues. This will numb the area to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment process.

Dr. Richard Mantoan will then use a drill to remove any decayed enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy surface for the final filling to adhere to.

Amalgam fillings are essentially a blend of dental-grade metals that start out soft so they can be directly applied to the area. Then, a special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the material and cement the bond with the surrounding healthy tooth enamel. With proper care and oral hygiene, this should fully repair the tooth for a long time to come.

If you live in the Flossmoor, Illinois, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your molars, you should call 708-794-4253 to seek professional diagnosis and repair at Southland Smiles.