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The average person has eight large molars in the back of their mouth. These teeth play a significant role in your oral function: to help chew and grind food before swallowing. If a small cavity develops on a molar, it can cause significant discomfort and sensitivity.

If it’s not diagnosed and treated early, the small area of tooth decay could grow into a very large problem. If the cavity is still small, Dr. Ravi Aulakh might be able to repair the molar with a filling made from amalgam.

This starts with a thorough examination of the tooth and X-rays to determine the extent of the decay. Dr. Ravi Aulakh will then inject Novocain into your gums to numb the area before removing any decayed tooth enamel. This leaves behind a perfectly clean surface to cement a filling.

Amalgam is known for making durable fillings to effectively repair a molar cavity. They are made from a blend of dental-grade metals. Once the filling has been cured by a special ultraviolet light, the newly repaired tooth should last for many years to come.

If you live in the San Jose, California, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your molars, you should call 408-227-6000 to have it examined and treated by Dr. Ravi Aulakh.