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The average person has eight permanent molars in the back of their mouth. These teeth are large and work in concert with each other, as well as your premolars to grind and chew the foods you eat. They are especially important for breaking down and processing tough foods, before swallowing.

When a cavity forms on a molar, it can cause heightened sensitivity, discomfort when chewing and overall limitations to your oral function.

Sometimes a molar with a modest-sized area of tooth decay can often be repaired at Dr. Meredith McClay ’s Medford, Oregon with an amalgam filling. This is a special blend of inert dental metals that are known for their durability.

Dr. Meredith McClay will start by numbing the tooth with Novocain before using a dental drill to remove all of the decayed tooth enamel. Then she will prepare the amalgam filling material, and apply it to the area. Once it has been shaped and cured with a special ultraviolet light, it will repair the molar for many years to come.

Consistent oral hygiene habits are very important for maximizing the lifespan of the filling. Be sure to brush twice each day and floss every evening.

If you live in the Medford, Oregon area and you have a cavity on a molar you should call 541-210-9661 to have it examined and repaired by Dr. Meredith McClay .