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Your back teeth, or molars have a textured and contoured area in the tooth enamel on the chewing surface. If plaque and food particles aren’t removed from these areas when brushing your teeth, a cavity can form.

As this starts to happen you might notice the tooth becoming sensitive to heat and cold, or a different sensation in your teeth when you chew food. If you have any concerns about the health of one of your teeth, you should schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey.

If a small cavity is detected early, Dr. Karey might be able to repair the compromised area of tooth enamel with a basic dental filling.

Dr. Karey will start by using a dental drill to carefully remove all the decayed material from your tooth and create a healthy surface to bond to the filling. The material Dr. Karey uses for the filling will be based on the location of the tooth and the size of cavity.

If the filling will be visible in your smile, she will likely use a composite resin material. This dental grade resin can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel.

A premolar or molar that isn’t visible in your smile might call for the use of an amalgam filling. This is a blend of dental metals that is known for durability.

Once the filling has been cured and hardened by a special ultraviolet light, it will protect the tooth for many years to come.

If you suspect a cavity has formed in one of your teeth, and you live in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, area, you should call 734.668.6612 to make an appointment at Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS.