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There are times when even the most diligent and consistent oral hygiene routine is simply not sufficient in preventing a cavity from forming on one of your teeth. This is even more likely to occur if you have deep textures on the molars in the back of your mouth. If the cavity is relatively small, Dr. H. Michael Long and our dental team might be able to repair it with an amalgam filling.

Dr. H. Michael Long will perform a thorough examination of the tooth to determine the extent of the decay. This might also include taking a few X-rays to make sure the interior of the tooth is healthy and unaffected.

Dr. H. Michael Long will then inject Novocain into your gums to numb the area. Then, he will use a drill to remove any decayed tooth enamel. This leaves behind a perfectly clean surface to cement a filling.

The material Dr. H. Michael Long recommends for the filling is primarily based on the tooth’s location and visibility in your smile. Amalgam fillings are known for being durable, making them a good choice for repairing a cavity on one of your back teeth. 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 suspect you have a cavity in Tullahoma, Tennessee, you should call 931-455-2595 to have it examined and treated at H. Michael Long, DDS.