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Your premolars play an important role in helping to bite off pieces of hard foods, while also working in tandem with the molars in the back of your mouth to grind food for safe swallowing. When a cavity starts to form on one of the non-biting surfaces of a premolar it can not only cause discomfort, it can also increase your chances of suffering a painful dental fracture.

If you’ve noticed a change in one of your premolars, or you’ve been experiencing increasing discomfort, you should strongly consider having it examined and treated by a dentist like Dr. Forrest Packard.

Dr. Forrest Packard will likely start with a thorough examination of the tooth. This might also include taking some X-rays to make sure the cavity hasn’t affected the critical internal structures of the tooth.

Once the area has been sufficiently numbed, Dr. Forrest Packard will use a drill to remove all traces of decayed tooth enamel. This will also involve editing the nearby tooth enamel to prepare a surface sufficient for firmly bonding the dental filling material.

If the dental filling will not be obvious in your smile Dr. Forrest Packard might recommend an amalgam dental filling to repair the tooth enamel. It will be created from a blend of dental grade metals. This type of filling is known to be durable yet dark in color.

If you live in the Ellensburg, Washington, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on a premolar or any other tooth in your mouth you should call 509-933-4800 to have it examined and treated by the dental specialists at Creekside Dental Ellensburg.