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The average person has eight large molars in the back of their mouth. These teeth include a contoured biting surface to aid in the process of chewing, and grinding teeth before you swallow. Sometimes the contours on and around a molar can trap bacterial deposits that might be tough to clean when you brush your teeth.

As time goes on the persistent bacterial presence could start to demineralize the local tooth enamel. Early signs of a problem like this might include a noticeable change in the surface texture of the tooth, as well as worsening sensitivity.

Fortunately, your routine dental checkup at LeJeune Family Dentistry’s dental offices includes a comprehensive exam which will detect any early signs of tooth decay. If Dr. Barry LeJeune finds a cavity on one of your molars he might be able to repair it with a dental filling made from metallic amalgam.

This treatment process starts by numbing the tooth and local gums to help you remain comfortable throughout the appointment. Then the decayed tooth enamel will be removed. This will also serve to prepare a clean surface to bond the dental filling material.

Metallic amalgam 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 sculpted to match the surface of the tooth Dr. Barry LeJeune will the dental filling with a special ultraviolet light.

If you live in the Hampton, Virginia, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your molars, you should call (757) 827-9114 to have it examined and repaired at LeJeune Family Dentistry’s dental offices.